Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Mitridate, re di Ponto. It was last on stage 26 June—7 July 2017 as part of the Summer 2016/17 season.
Farnace and Sifare, sons of the mighty warrior Mitridate, both love their father’s fiancée Aspasia. While Sifare is determined to remain loyal to his father, Farnace vows never to yield.
Mitridate discovers that Farnace is preparing to betray him to their enemies, and that Sifare and Aspasia love each other. He swears vengeance on them all, and marches into battle. Sifare and Farnace escape their imprisonment to join him. Mitridate dies from his wounds, finally reconciled with his family.
Mozart was a month shy of his 15th birthday at the premiere of Mitridate, re di Ponto on 26 December 1770. Given his youth, he had to battle some scepticism over his ability to write an opera for the prestigious Milan carnival, and spent the months leading up to the premiere hurriedly writing and rewriting arias to suite his singers’ demands (a practice that would continue even in later life). The premiere’s brilliant success immediately refuted Mozart’s critics, with the opera given a further 21 performances – a remarkable event for the time. Since its rediscovery in the 20th century, Mitridate has been reclaimed by new generations of singers capable of meeting the score’s astonishing demands.
Graham Vick’s 1991 production for The Royal Opera is ‘considered a milestone in the staging of 18th-century opera’ (The Guardian). Vick draws parallels between the stylized form of Baroque opera and the traditions of Japanese and Indian stagecraft – influences echoed in Paul Brown’s stunningly opulent designs.
News and features
6 July 2017
The Russian soprano replaces Albina Shagimuratova due to illness.
27 June 2017
At the age when most of us are studying at school, Mozart was travelling around Europe performing, teaching and composing operas.
27 June 2017
Audience reactions and press reviews of Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart's early opera.
26 June 2017
English tenor to sing the role of Marzio, replacing Andrew Tortise.
20 June 2017
Mozart was 14 going-on 15 when he wrote this gorgeous, virtuoso aria which displays the beginnings of his mature musical and dramatic insight.
16 June 2017
The enormous frocks in The Royal Opera’s production of Mozart’s opera Mitridate could be found in every European court and theatre for more than a hundred years.