Music: Edited & Revised

For Mozart's money, Don Giovanni and Idomeneo, Rè di Creta were the two best operas he ever wrote. Few have ever doubted that Don Giovanni was his best. Few have ever heard Idomeneo. Last week, at Massachusetts' Berkshire Festival, an audience heard Idomeneo in one of its few performances in 166 years, its first ever in the U.S. Though few would be willing to switch their bets from Don Giovanni, most agreed that Idomeneo was well worth hearing.

Buffeted by Storms. Mozart wrote Idomeneo when he was 24. He was already a mature and original symphonist, but as an opera composer he...

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