Pittsburgh Opera presents afterWARds – “Mozart’s Idomeneo Reimagined”, a tale of love, loss, and healing
afterWARds uses the words and music of Mozart's Idomeneo – perhaps his most radical, modern opera – in a reorganized and distilled 85-minute format by director David Paul, that shifts the opera's focus towards its four protagonists and their timeless struggles for love and peace in a world full of carnage and destruction. All the music is Mozart’s, and the lyrics are from the original Italian libretto.
afterWARds is set on the island of Crete immediately after the Trojan War. Idomeneo is the King of Crete. Idamante is his son. Ilia is the Princess of Troy and enemy of Crete, who Idamante rescues from a shipwreck. King Idomeneo promises to kill the “traitor” who rescued Ilia, not realizing it was his son. Meanwhile, Ilia and Idamante begin to fall in love with each other, which infuriates Elettra, the Princess of Argos, who loves Idamante as well.
These four star-crossed characters are caught in a whirlwind of love, betrayal, loyalty, and family as they seek to rebuild their lives.
afterWARds will star Pittsburgh Opera’s award-winning Resident Artists, allowing audiences the rare opportunity to see tomorrow’s opera stars in an intimate performance space.
These will be the first-ever performances of afterWARds.
Where: Pittsburgh CAPA Theater, 111 9th Street, downtown Pittsburgh
- Sat., Jan. 26, 2019 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., Jan. 29, 2019 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., Feb. 1, 2019 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., Feb. 3, 2019 * 2:00 PM
85 minutes, with no intermission
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
- Mozart’s Idomeneo is a famously long and lavish opera that typically is only performed by the world’s largest opera companies. With afterWARds, Pittsburgh audiences will be able to hear amazing Mozart music that is rarely, if ever, performed live in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Opera has never performed Idomeneo.)
- Although the story of Idomeneo takes place shortly after the end of the Trojan War, Pittsburgh Opera’s production will be time-neutral, to better draw parallels to the plight of modern-day eastern Mediterranean refugees fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria.
- afterWARds continues Pittsburgh Opera’s recent trend of producing operas with pants roles, i.e. where the role of a boy is sung by a woman. The role of Idamante is being sung by mezzo-soprano Antonia Botti-Lodovico.
Please contact Chris Cox for reservations
- Photo Call (Jan. 14, 12:30 PM) – location TBA
- Full Dress Rehearsal (Jan. 24, 6:30 PM), Pittsburgh CAPA Theater
- PNC is the 2018-19 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor
- WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor
- Tuesday sponsor: Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center