Arias and overtures from operas by young Mozart
Marie-Ève Munger, soprano
The orchestra of Les Boréades
Directed by Philippe Bourque
Everyone today knows of Mozart’s extraordinarily precocious genius. While writing sonatas and symphonies as a child he was already irresistibly attracted by the opera. He began writing for the stage as soon as he could, tackling genres such as opera buffa (in La Finta semplice), singspiel (in Bastien und Bastienne) and, most serious of all, opera seria, based on stories drawn from Antiquity (in Ascanio in Alba, Lucio Silla, or Mitridate, re di Ponto). Throughout these works he demonstrated his astonishing understanding of bel canto and his uniquely expressive palette, all wrapped up in sumptuous orchestrations.