Mozart Il Re Pastore Concert Performance

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Young Wolfgang Amadeus was ten years old in 1766 when he began composing musical drama, thus allowing him to create his tenth such work by the age of 19. This tale of the ‘shepherd king' is a two-act composition designated, in terms of genre, as a serenade. Analysts place it in the category of ‘serious opera' (opera seria), noting that the plot revolving around a quartet composed of two pairs of lovers and a moment of questionable loyalty will inevitably remind the listener of one of the composer's late masterpieces: Così fan tutte. In addition to the amazingly versatile Villazón, with his special affinity for Mozart, the cast includes Emőke Baráth, an internationally admired performer of early music, as well as some other highly accomplished singers: Spanish soprano Elena Sancho Pereg, American tenor Zachary Wilder and Croatian soprano Tamara Ivanis. The European early music ensemble L'Arpeggiata, comprised of an international group of musicians, was founded in 2000 under the leadership of Graz-born theorbist, harpist and conductor Christina Pluhar. Always seeking out the unknown, they specialise in the excitement of discovering the unique.

Program and cast

Conductor:

Christina Pluhar

Cast:

Alessandro

Rolando Villazón

Aminta

Emőke Baráth

Elisa

Elena Sancho Pereg

Agenore

Zachary Wilder

Tamiri

Tamara Ivanis

Featuring:

L'Arpeggiata

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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