Opera seria in three acts, 1770
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Libretto Vittorio Amadeo Cigna-Santi
« Let us not yield to the Capitol, we must resist that pride which still cannot curb itself ».
Mitridate, Act 3, Scene 25.
Musical director Christophe Rousset
Staging and costumes Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Deloeuil
Scenic and lighting design Rick Martin
Video Jean-Baptiste Beis
Graphics Julien Roques
Michael Spyres (Mitridate), Lenneke Ruiten (Aspasia), Myrto Papatanasiu (Sifare), David Hansen (Franace), Simona Saturova (Ismene), Sergei Romanovski (Marzio), Yves Saelens (Arbate)
Orchestre symphonique de La Monnaie
La Monnaie-De Munt, in collaboration with Clarac-Deloeuil > le lab
Today, somewhere in Brussels, inside a building of the European institutions. A rebel politician disputes the recent evolutions of the European Union. During a 24h intense crisis summit, individual relationships and family conflicts influence real political events, and vice versa. Playing with the archetypal codes of French tragedy and Opera seria, some politicians decide to support Mitridate in his rebellion, while others fear the dissolution of the Union. Constantly scrutinized by the media, the political climate gets more and more unstable… so that the leader of Pontus has no other choice than to stage his political death. As the production unfolds, Mozart’s music inspires both the private and the political, while inviting us to reflect on the current crisis of the European Union.