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Idomeneo


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(Mozart: Idomeneo). Ten. King of Crete, father of Idamante. As he returns to Crete after the Trojan War, his ship is saved in a storm by Neptune, who in return asks that the King sacrifice the first person he meets on shore. This turns out to be his own son, Idamante, and he is horrified and tries to send him away to save him. Neptune is angry at this breaking of his promise and sends a monster and storm to terrorize the people. Idamante kills the monster and Neptune accepts Idomeneo's abdication in place of the sacrifice. Aria: Fuor del mar (‘Saved from the sea’). Interpreters of this role include Franz Klarwein, Richard Lewis, George Shirley, Nicolai Gedda, Wiesław Ochmaan, and Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Philip Langridge, and Paul Nilon. Created (1781) by the 66‐year‐old Anton Raaff.

Subjects: Opera.


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