Idomeneo was Mozart's first "great" opera, composed when he was just 25. A very serious work, coming in at over three hours and with few big set numbers (closed-end arias, duets, etc.), it has never been as popular as The Magic Flute, Figaro, and Don Giovanni. And when it is presented, it's normally because a famous tenor wants to show off his Mozartean style (both Pavarotti and Domingo have recorded it). But if there were ever a case for the work's greatness and "saleability," it's this recording. British tenor Ian Bostridge is ideal in the title role, and he sings the very difficult, first version of his second act aria with passion and ease; elsewhere, he's authoritative and moving. As his son, Idamante, Lorranine Hunt Lieberson proves herself one of the finest Mozarteans around. Lisa Milne makes a lovely Ilia, singing her arias beautifully. Barbara Frittoli moves away from her normal Verdi roles to portray the crazy Elettra with just the right mania, and Anthony Rolfe Johnson (who has sung the title role) is welcome in the role of Arbace. Conductor Mackerras presents the opera complete, and the playing and singing of the orchestra and chorus are brilliant. If you don't know Idomeneo already, now's the time to get acquainted. --Robert Levine
Ian Bostridge, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
Lisa Milne, Barbara Frittoli
Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Edinburgh Fesival Chorus
Conductor: Charles Mackerras
I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...