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Salzburg Festival: Mozart Masterpieces

From 18 July to 31 August 2014, Salzburg will once again host its world-famous festival. In the few weeks during which the rich, beautiful and socialites meet in the city on the Salzach, quite a large personality will also be ever-present: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Without him, the Salzburg Festival wouldn’t be much of anything...

Salzburg Festival: Mozart Masterpieces
30 May 2014 Events
Mozart, Salzburg and the Salzburg Festival – if you hear one of these things, the others automatically go hand-in-hand. A tightly knit trio that receives new affirmation each year, none of these can go without the others. This year’s Salzburg Festi...
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The 26th International Haydn Days in Eisenstadt, or, the Special Relationship Between Two World-Famous Composers

When the 26th International Haydn Days take place in Eisenstadt – the capital of the Austrian state Burgenland – in September 2014, you can count not only on musical pleasure at its finest. This year, director Walter Reicher had the idea to musically revive the close friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and give their heavily mutually influenced work a special stage.

The 26th International Haydn Days in Eisenstadt, or, the Special Relationship Between Two World-Famous Composers
27 May 2014 Events
Joseph Haydn was 24 years older than Mozart. Mozart saw him as a revered teacher and even as a father-figure who he affectionately called "Papa". Haydn in turn recognised Mozart’s musical genius early on and always referred to him as "God in music". ...
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Mostly Mozart: When it’s Summer in New York …

One couldn’t announce it early enough: the Mostly Mozart Festival will open its doors in just a few weeks! From 25 July until 23 August 2014 this festival will make Lincoln Center in New York City swing and sway. Audiences can look forward to a rich programme of musical performances of the highest level.

Mostly Mozart: When it’s Summer in New York …
16 May 2014 Events
The tradition of the Mostly Mozart Festival is already nearly a half-century old. And for just as long, this fixture of New York culture has stayed true to its principle of bringing its audience closer to Mozart’s works – and w...
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Don Giovanni Down Under

In summer of 2014, Don Giovanni will once again be up to his mischief: from 25 July to 30 August at the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, a new Don Giovanni production will bring the renowned drama dealing with the insatiable seducer a little closer to the audience in a perplexing, highly psychologically complex production. It’s time to start getting excited.

Don Giovanni Down Under
09 May 2014 Events
Responsible for this is one of the leading – and most provocative – opera directors of our time, Scotsman Sir David McVicar. In his Australian debut, this artist known for his naturalistic style approaches the personality of seducer Don Giovanni in...
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A Voice that is Out of This World

Mozart originally wrote the roles of Sesto in "La Clemenza di Tito" (The Clemency of Titus) and Idamante in "Idomeneo" for castrato voices. The Argentinian countertenor Franco Fagioli will be singing both roles: on 29 April at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy – as Sesto – and on 3 November at the Royal Opera House in London – as Idamante. This is quite interesting and in no way a given, considering castrato roles today are mostly performed by women.

A Voice that is Out of This World
23 April 2014 Events
In the Baroque era, castratos were sought-after singers. Mozart appreciated the "unearthly voices" of these men who were castrated before puberty to retain their clear, high, childlike voices. He often wrote special parts for castratos in his operas, i...
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The Facial Features of a Master

About 150 years after Mozart’s death, a bronze mask with Mozart’s facial features appeared in a Viennese used goods store. It was identified as the composer’s missing death mask. Is it real? Who made it? Where had it been all these years? In 1991, musicologist Eva Badura-Skoda wrote an article on this topic for the official catalogue of the Austrian National Library’s Department of Music which we were allowed to use as the foundation of this blog entry.

The Facial Features of a Master
18 April 2014 Events
Mozart died in the early hours of 5 December 1791. His sister-in-law Sophie Haibel, who was taking care of the ill composer, wrote in a letter that hours after Mozart’s death, Count J...
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Thus Spake Mozart: Quotations Part 3

Mozart was an extremely prolific correspondent. He loved to indulge in long, detailed and very exact descriptions and explanations. His surviving letters provide interesting insights into his relationships, his marriage with Konstanze Mozart, his triumphs and failures in his career, his views and opinions and his private life. When it came to the recipient, his father Leopold Mozart was second only to his wife – to whom he wrote most of his letters while travelling.

Thus Spake Mozart: Quotations Part 3
14 April 2014 Events
Respect and a formal father-son relationship characterise Mozart’s letters to his father. He always addressed Leopold as “mon très cher père” (my very dear father). He regarded Leopold as a competent critic of his music and discussed his workin...
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High Culture for Easter in Austria: Salzburg Easter Festival 2014

Three great composers stand in the lime-light of the Salzburg Easter Festival this year: the contemporary and extremely prolific Wolfgang Rihm, the birthday child Richard Strauss, and someone who simply could not be absent at a festival of such artistic calibre, especially not in Salzburg: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

08 April 2014 Events
Admittedly, Mozart is not ranked in first position in this list. But there is no getting away from the musical genius in Salzburg, especially since Richard Strauss - who was born in Munich in 1864 - was a great admirer of his work. Christian Thielemann...
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Figaro with Greek Temperament

A fantastic perfectionist, visionary, irreverent rebel and genius – this is how the media celebrate the shooting-star conductor, pop-star with a baton, “band leader” of the Russian ensemble Musica Aeterna at the opera and ballet theatre Perm: the Greek, Teodor Currentzis. The unconventional conductor has taken “The Marriage of Figaro” under scrutiny and presents the opera in a completely new guise. The result is a trilogy of CDs, published by Sony in mid February 2014.

Figaro with Greek Temperament
31 March 2014 Events
The play “The Barber of Seville” by the French poet Beaumarchais, on which “Le Nozze de Figaro” is based, was considered revolutionary when it came out in 1784 after being held back by censorship for several years. It was a reckoning of nobilit...
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Komische Oper Berlin: the Merry Month of May with Mozart

The month of May is widely known as the month of love. The Komische Oper opera house celebrates the month of romance with Mozart. The renowned opera house has been dedicating the month of May to one of the greatest composers of all time for years and affectionately calls this time “Mozart-May”. Perhaps because Mozart spent his only time in the German capital in May?

Komische Oper Berlin: the Merry Month of May with Mozart
26 March 2014 Events
This year Mozart aficionados can look forward to an exquisite opera and concert schedule. As usual, the unconventional stamp of the smallest opera house in Berlin – in the tradition of the French opera comique – will be highly visible. The Komische...
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