Latin intermedium K. for the school play
Clemetia Croesi by P. Rufinus Widl OSB (1767)
"Apollo et Hyacinthus" is Mozart’s very first operatic venture and was comissioned soon after the successful performance of "Schuldigkeit." "Apollo" is a Latin intermezzo that was intended as an insert between the prologue and the five-act school drama "Clementia Croesi."
Curiously, it already contains many of the themes that would recur in Mozart’s later operas: disguise, intrigue, transformation, self-discovery.
The plot concerns Zephyrus’ love for Melia, who is about to marry Apollo. In his jealousy, Zephyrus gravely wounds Hyacinthus with a discus and, to have Apollo banished, accuses Apollo of murder. Apollo, who saw Zeqhyrus throw the discus, turns the true culprit into a wind. The dying Hayacinthus reveals the truth and Apollo consoles the mourning family by changing their son into a flower.
Maximilian Kiener, Oebalus
Christiane Karg, Melia
Jekaterina Tretjakova, Hyacinthus
Anja Schlosser, Apollo
Astrid Monika Hofer, Zephyrus
Norbert Steidl, Priest
Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra
Josef Wallnig, conductor
John Dew, stage director
Christian K. Weiß, video director
Recording dates: 04.08.| 27.08.| 28.08.2006
Venue: Great Hall of the Salzburg University