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Opera Guide: Idomeneo

Mozart wrote Idomeneo when he was 24 years old, and the opera was described by Albert Einstein as 'one of those works that even a genius like Mozart could write only once in his life'. It is one of his most astonishing achievements of an altogether astonishing career.

In this guide, Julian Rushton explains the special nature of the music in a detailed analysis of its themes and development, while Nicholas Till places the opera in its context as an expression of Enlightenment. Gary Kahn explores the performance history of an opera which, although largely ignored for over a hundred and fifty years, has now taken its place as part of the international operatic reportoire. A selection of the unique letters between Mozart and his father written during the opera's commission is also included.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opera: Idomeneo
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 165
Size: 13x19.5x1.5 cm