New-to-Chicago Production Idomeneo

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 3 hours, 35 minutes with 2 intermissions

One of Mozart’s noblest characters, King Idomeneo of Crete is also the most loving of operatic fathers.

Shipwrecked, he gets safely to shore only after promising Neptune to sacrifice the first person he sees—but it’s his son, Idamante. As Idomeneo agonizes over the catastrophe facing him, Idamante woos one princess, the lovely Ilia, and is madly pursued by another, the jealous Elettra. Through all their sorrows and joys, the constant is Mozart’s heavenly music—ravishing in its beauty, stirring in its eloquence, and reaching deeply into the soul of every character.

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This production of Idomeneo was presented at Lyric October 18 – November 2, 2018. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.


One of [Polenzani's] most compelling performances ever.

Chicago Sun-Times

Superb singing, astute acting and, above all, one of Mozart’s most imposing operatic scores.

Chicago Tribune

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by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Se il padre perdei"
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"Placido e il mar"
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"Se il padre perdei"
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by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Martha Nussbaum
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Idomeneo Synopsis

Ancient Crete, after the Trojan War.

Program Book

Go inside this production of Idomeneo with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Matthew Polenzani†


Erin Wall†


Janai Brugger


Angela Brower*


David Portillo†


Noah Baetge

High Priest

David Weigel ‡

Voice of Neptune

Whitney Morrison ‡

1st Cretan Woman

Kayleigh Decker ‡

2nd Cretan Woman

Josh Lovell ‡

1st Trojan Man

Alan Higgs ‡

2nd Trojan Man

Sir Andrew Davis


Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Original Director & Designer

David Kneuss*

Revival Director

Chris Maravich

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Idomeneo Production Sponsors

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Production owned by The Metropolitan Opera. All scenery, properties, and costumes constructed by The Metropolitan Opera Shops. This production was originally directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and premiered at The Metropolitan Opera on October 14, 1982.

Photo: Kyle Flubacker