Richard Lewis (Idomeneo), Leo Goeke (Idamante), Bozena Betley (Ilia), Josephine Barstow (Electra), The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard (conductor), John Cox (stage director)
Although Idomeneo is one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's lesser known operas, it sparkles with the composer's usual brilliant melodies, innate feeling for theatrical drama and unique empathy for his characters. In this 1974 rarity from Glyndebourne John Pritchard conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and gives the stage direction by John Cox a perfect musical foundation. During a ferocious storm, Idomeneo, the King of Crete, makes a vow to Neptune, offering to sacrifice the first human being he sees in return for the god's help in bringing his ship safely to shore. As it turns out, that person is his own son, Idamante. This dilemma can only be solved by the unselfish love of Ilia, who is willing to give her life in his stead. Richard Lewis confirms his position as the world's leading exponent of this opera in the title role of Idomeneo, with Josephine Barstow equally mesmerising in her portrayal of Electra's agony.
Running Time: 2 hr 5 min
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0
Subtitles: Italian (original), German, English, French, Spanish
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)