Christophe Rousset Makes his Debut at the Royal Opera House with 4 Concerts this Summer
French conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, founder of vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, will conduct four concerts of Mozart’s opera Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Royal Opera House in London on 26th June, 29th June, 1st July and 7th July at 18:30.
After initially attracting attention for his extraordinary talent as a harpsichordist, Christophe Rousset soon made his mark as a conductor, with invitations from around the world to perform with his ensemble (Opéra de Paris, De Nederlandse Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Opéra de Lausanne, Teatro Real, Theater an der Wien, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Aix-en-Provence and Beaune Festivals, to name but a few venues).
For his Covent Garden debut, Christophe Rousset will conduct an exceptional cast in this early opera, originally written by Mozart for the Milan Carnival in 1770. Hugely acclaimed by the critics, Mitridate, re di Ponto depicts the story of Farnace and Sifare, sons of the warrior Mitridate, who both love their father’s fiancée Aspasia. When Mitridate discovers his sons’ feelings, he swears vengeance on them all.
Mozart (1756-1791) – Mitridate, re di Ponto
Libretto – Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi
Director – Graham Vick
Designer – Paul Brown
Lighting designer – Nick Chelton
Choreography and movement – Ron Howell
Performance – The Royal Opera
For more information on the programme, click here.
Photo © Eric Larraydieu