Then & Now 1/29: Mozart Operas
On this date in 1781, Mozart’s opera "Idomeneo" had it’s premiere in Munich, and to say it was a success would be an understatement for sure! The best orchestra in Europe, the Mannheim Court Orchestra, had relocated to Munich, and that orchestra was booked to play the new opera. The lead role was being written for Anton Raff, a famous tenor of his day, and, even better than that, there were some talented and good-looking young sopranos in the cast as well. Mozart promptly fell in love with one of them, a strikingly beautiful diva named Aloysia Weber, but he ended up marrying her sister Constanza instead.
There’s some Mozart coming up in our area soon, as the St. Pete Opera presents the Magic Flute February 2nd, 4th, and 6th at the Palladium Theater in St. Pete. The handsome Tamino and the bird catcher Papageno are on a mission to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a secretive group of priests. You’ll hear the stratospheric singing of the Queen to the lowest notes of the High Priest Sarastro. Tickets and information are online at www.stpeteopera.org