Mozart: Mitridate, re di Ponto

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Classical Opera’s achievement is at least the equal of any version hitherto in the opera’s distinguished discography.
David Vickers, Gramophone

The third work in Classical Opera’s complete Mozart Opera recording cycle is Mitridate, re di Ponto. It was composed for the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan in 1770, when Mozart was only fourteen, and was the composer’s first venture into ‘opera seria’. Despite a difficult rehearsal period, during which Mozart was required to rewrite several numbers, the premiere was a great success, and marked the first operatic triumph of the young composer’s fledgling career.

Classical Opera’s new set is the first recording of the work to include in an appendix Mozart’s original settings of the seven arias and a duet which he rewrote before the opera’s first performance, and it features an outstanding cast headed by Miah Persson, Barry Banks, Sophie Bevan and Lawrence Zazzo.

Classical Opera: Making of Mitridate from TallWall Media on Vimeo.