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White-Hot Aria, Engulfing Bass: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Moments

A Sudden Scene-Stealer – During the majestic conclusion of Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” all the crises are resolved. Neptune forgives Idomeneo, the king of Crete, for his rashness, then blesses the union of Idamante, the king’s son, and Ilia, a Trojan princess. But the fiery Elettra, who loves Idamante and must now cede him, has to be dealt with. The situation seems ripe for a burst of furious denunciation, a chilling moment. Guess again. Instead, Mozart gives Elettra a heated, scene-stealing aria, which the compelling soprano Elza van den Heever ran away with in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival.

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Read our review of the Met Opera’s “Idomeneo.”