30 Nov-29 Dec 2006. The Paris Opra presents a new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts musical drama Idomeneo, King of Crete(1781) in a co-production with Milans Teatro alla Scala and the Teatro Real di Madrid. The libretto by Giambattista Varesco, based on Idomenee, a tragedie lyrique by Antoine Danchet (1731), tells the story of the kings return from the Trojan Wars to his homeland Crete. A storm at sea induces Idomeneo to promise a human sacrifice to Neptune, God of the Sea, in return for a safe landing. When the object of the sacrifice turns out to be his son Idamante, Idomeneo flees, unleashing a series of punishments from Olympus. In this production directed by Luc Bondy, Idomeneo is played by Ramon Vargas, with Joyce DiDonato in the role of Idamante. Idamantes love Ilia, daughter of King Priam, is played by Camilla Tilling with Mirielle Delunsch in the role of Electra. The set is by Erich Wonder, lit by Dominique Bruguire. Sung in Italian, Idomeneo runs for 3 hrs 15 mins with one interval. Admission 160-7. Performances at 19.30 on 30 Nov & 5, 11, 15, 18, 22, 27, 29 Dec. Matinee 14.30 on 3 Dec.
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The Palais Garnier is at 8 rue Scribe, Place de lOpra 75009 Paris. By mtro lines 3, 7, 8 to Opra. By bus 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95. Tel +33 (1) 72293535