Mozart’s genius displayed in some of his most gorgeous arias, in a historically inspired version sure to charm all opera lovers. Discover or rediscover this lyric work that consistently delivers satisfaction, featuring our own greatest singers.
Even before reaching adulthood, Mozart had already made his opera debut with the Latin intermezzo Apollo and Hyacinth (1767), followed by the opera buffa The Pretended Simpleton (1769). With his prodigious ability for assimilation, he put the music he heard during his European tours to good use. In Milan, he composed his first opera seria, Mitridate (1770), which was a great success and led to the commission of a second opera seria, Lucio Silla (1772).
Stephen Lawless has directed productions for most of the major opera companies worldwide, particularly in North America. Most recent engagements include Le nozze di Figaro (Cincinnati, San Diego and Palm Beach), Romeo et Juliette (Barcelone), Anna Bolena (Canadian Opera Company), Roberto Devereux (San Francisco et Los Angeles), The Elixir of Love (Seattle), Lucia di Lammermoor (Oldenburg), Cosi fan Tutte (Essen), Manon Lescaut (The Grange Festival, UK) and Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera and Magdeburg).