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IDOMENEO RÈ DI CRETA, Vienna State Opera , 16 February 2019 - 19:00

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Category: Operas Event: IDOMENEO RÈ DI CRETA Date/Time: 16 February 2019 - 19:00 Venue: Vienna State Opera Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien / Vienna (Map)

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Ilia, daughter of Priam, the last king of Troy, is living on Crete as a prisoner of war. Although she cannot forget the destruction of her home by the Greek confederates, she has fallen in love with Idamante, son of the Cretan king Idomeneo. Electra, who has sought refuge on Crete following the murder of her mother, is also in love with Idamante. When the ships of his father are finally sighted, returning home, Idamante grants all the Trojans their freedom, and at the same time declares his love for Ilia. Electra is distraught. Idomeneo barely escapes the storm that has engulfed his ships. Only his vow to sacrifice the first person whom he meets on land appeases Neptune, the god of the sea. When Idomeneo realizes that this person is none other than his son Idamante, whom he meets on the shore, he tries to find a way to avoid fulfilling his vow. On the advice of Arbace, Electra and Idamante are to leave Crete and ascend the throne in Argos as the new rulers. However, a monster sent by Neptune rises out of the sea during a storm to prevent their departure. Since Ilia has not yet confessed her love to Idamante and he does not understand his fathers harsh treatment of him, he decides he would rather die fighting the monster. When Idomeneo confesses that Neptune will be placated only if he sacrifices his son, the people are aghast. Now the king is prepared to offer up his son even though Idamante has killed the monster. As he prepares to sacrifice Idamante, who is now ready to die, Ilia intervenes, declaring that she will die in his place. A voice announces that Idomeneo should abdicate the throne, and that Idamante and Ilia must take the throne as king and queen of Crete. The people pay homage to the royal couple; Electra alone curses her fate.

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