Mozart: Mithridates, King of Pontus
Mithridates, King of Pontus is a 3-act opera composed by the 14-year-old Mozart while touring Italy in 1770. The opera was an instant success being performed 21 times. Most musicians in Italy were very confident that Mozart’s opera would be a complete failure. How could any 14-year-old boy compose a successful opera, a feat that had taken other composers almost a lifetime to master? Now, like elsewhere in Europe, composers much older than Mozart, had become humbled and often enraged, at the overwhelming God-given talents of Mozart.