Idomeneo Album cover
W. A. Mozart


Richard Croft (ten.)

Bernarda Fink (mez. sop.)

Sunhae Im (sop.)

Alexandrina Pendatchanska (sop.)

Kenneth Tarver (ten.)


Rivenq (bar.)

Luca Tittoto (b.)

René Jacobs

Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor

Harmonia Mundi

Release date:
May 2009

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Awards: Idomeneo Awards: Editor's choice — Gramophone; Choc de Classica; Highest Rating — Classics Today dot com; Diamant — Opéra Magazine; Excepcional — Scherzo; un événement ffff — Télérama; Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik; Jahrespreis — Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik

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“As for Alexandrina Pendatchanska, if we could tap the rage of her Elettra there'd be no need for nuclear power stations.” The Times, May 22, 2009 “Bernarda Fink's ardent Idamante, Alexandrina Pendatchanska's spitfire Elettra and Richard Croft's noble Idomeneo rank with the best on disc.” The Sunday Times, May 17, 2009 “Alexandrina Pendatchanska's turbulent Elettra” Telegraph, June 1, 2009 “Alexandrina Pendatchanska, from her blazing top register to the dark dept of her voice, is a thrilling Elettra.” Hilary Finch, BBC music, July 2009 “In dramatic terms, the Elettra of Alexandrina Pendatchanska (previously Jacobs's arresting Vitellia) and the Idamante of Bernarda Fink (previously his noble if occasionally hard-pressed Sesto)must enrich anyone's IDOMENEO experience. From a young age the Bulgarian soprano was ‘one to watch’; now a mature operatic artist of the first order, she shows us just about the most sensually charged Elettra on disc.” Hilary Finch, BBC music, July 2009 “The soloists are fully committed, with Bernarda Fink as a memorable Idamante, Alexandrina Pendatchanska an intense Elektra, and Richard Croft conveying the nobility of the much tested Idomeneo.” Irish Times, July 31 2009 “The singing is first rate, especially Richard Croft's authoritative Idomeneo, Bernarda Fink's honey-toned Idamante and Alexandrina Pendatchanska's haughty Elettra.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian, May 22 2009 “With the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra and RIAS Kammerchor, Jacobs invests the ensembles with characteristic energy and rhythmic élan, and the instrumental accompaniments never fail to make you listen to Mozart's music afresh. The cast is one of the best on CD. Richard Croft makes an unfailingly sympathetic Idomeneo. Alexandrina Pendatchanska invests Elettra with a humanity and vulnerability rarely encountered on stage.” Financial Times “Idomeneo is an opera which seethes with tension and everyone subscribed to the roller-coaster of tension and release (and inevitably more tension). Pendatchanska, a spitfire of an Elettra, provided the last salvo of the evening of fireworks — this is a role tailor-made for her, and she delivered thrillingly.” Financial Times “In a final burst of fury, Elettra (Alexandrina Pendatchanska, with fiery musical temperament and a voice both steely and supple), frustrated in her love for Idamante, rages in the splendid and fierce ‘D'Oreste, d'Aiace’.” OPERA NEWS, July 2009 “Jacobs clearly sees Elettra as mad from the start (she is, after all, on Crete because she's escaped her homeland having just murdered her mother), and Alexandrina Pendatchanska brings ideal weight, pitch, expressivity, and lunacy to the role, with Jacobs' fast tempos, even in her first aria and quick changes of mood in her second, as manifestations of her craziness. And her use of pianissimo is stunning, dramatically right, and lovely to hear — and gives her a vulnerability and misery that is often overlooked. It's not easy being Elettra.”