Anyone going to the City Hall last Thursday anticipating a once in blue moon opportunity of hearing the virtually never heard, let alone never seen ballet music in Mozart’s opera Idomoneo will have been disappointed.
They may even have felt cheated.
Depending on tempi, around 25 minutes of music should have been heard. There was five minutes of the ballet – the regal Chaconne, preceded by the Overture to the opera.
It was bad enough that the brochure blurb for the Royal Northern Sinfonia concert effectively states that Idomeneo was a “ballet score” by Mozart with no reference to the opera in which the ‘ballet’ is little more than five dance episodes.
The City Hall is not to blame; the fault rests with the orchestra in furnishing misleading information.