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From Mozart to the Merchant of Venice: the best opera this month

The must-see operas

By Neil Norman   July 2017

Photo: ROH

Mitridate, Re di Ponto

Royal Opera, Covent Garden 26th June to 7th July

Commissioned in Milan to write an opera for the carnival, Mozart spent five months creating Mitridate, Re di Ponto in 1770. Any doubts about allowing a 14-year-old boy loose on an opera seria were dispelled at its successful premiere. This extraordinary work, based on a libretto by Racine, consists of a series of arias with only two ensembles. It went into hiding for almost three centuries, eclipsed by Mozart’s prodigious output. Graham Vick’s 1991 production…

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