Rolando Villazón: “My journey with Mozart really began in 2011, when I sang my first Don Ottavio.
In preparing the role, I looked not only at the magnificent score itself, but began reading and then devouring Mozart’s letters. Through his letters, through the unfiltered flow of his thoughts, Mozart gives us a unique insight into his soul: a genius, a deeply serious musician and thinker, a ludic soul. Mozart is a man of the Enlightenment; Mozart is also an endearing jester. Mozart is profound, mature and intelligent; Mozart is also playful, witty and childish. Mozart is as tall as his immortality and as close to us as the love he felt for humanity.
“The soul of the genius is love, love, love”, wrote Gottfried von Jacquin in Mozart’s album.”
ROLANDO VILLAZÓN OPENS THE 2019 MOZART WEEK.
The 2019 Mozart Week is the first year in a journey spanning five seasons, from 2019 to 2023, a journey featuring exclusively music by the most universally beloved composer of all time, the great Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.
Through his universal power, Mozart brings people together. In times when the dangerous voices of division are screaming loudly, threatening to drown out what can unite us as human beings, we have prepared this Mozart Week in the Mozartian spirit of inclusion, togetherness and integration which is reflected in our programme.
We focus on choral works with a new, staged narration of Thamos, König in Ägypten K. 345 and performances of both well-known and rarely-performed choral compositions throughout the week. We also present works which ask artists to come together and collaborate: singers performing with obbligato solo instruments, special chamber music constellations, an Akademiekonzert like those in Mozart’s time.
Presenting Mozart’s music, performed by the world’s greatest artists, is mission and purpose of the Mozart Week – but this is not its only joy: we also highlight and celebrate the life of this magnificent artist. Mozart danced, Mozart played in pantomimes and masked balls, Mozart loved to eat and drink.
Mozart lived a full life, and we invite you on a journey of discovery of its many facets.
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF MOZART
We will take this journey to some new places and invite new explorers to join us there.
We are delighted to launch new collaborations with the Salzburger Landestheater, presenting a specially curated Ballet Gala with international guests, and with the Marionettentheater, bringing back the acclaimed 2006 production of Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor.
We will hear excerpts from Mozart’s letters and listen to sonatas played on his original instruments in a new recurring format called “Letters and Music”, in the intimate setting of the Tanzmeistersaal in the Mozart Residence.
We invite you to a unique Mozartian dinner, created for the Mozart Week by chef Alfons Schuhbeck in the Wiener Saal.
We will reveal Mozart’s wit and humour in a musical cabaret performance at the ARGEkultur. In a special collaboration with the OVAL, we present “Mozart’s Amazing Shadows” which lets us play with Mozart through dancing shadows and imagination. At Republic, Mozart’s story will be told through the poetry and humour of mime-clown art.
On Mozart’s birthday, we will take to the streets of Salzburg and sing Mexican serenatas to our beloved genius. A variety of complementing events complete the week, including master classes, film showings, lectures, and conversations with some of our wonderful artists and Mozart specialists.
T.H.A.M.O.S. - Scenical Production with La Fura dels Baus - Based on: Mozart „Thamos, King in Egypt“ K. 345
Mozart loved the theatre – in all its forms.
Tobias Philipp von Gebler’s didactic play “Thamos, King of Egypt” revolves around Egypt, freemasonry and the Enlightenment. Mozart was a man of the Enlightenment and the freemason’s lodge he belonged to was not an esoteric but an intel lectual one. The music he wrote to accompany the play is not amongst his best-known works, but it is among his most extraordinary achievements, and it gives the main role to the chorus.
The idea of staging “Thamos” with his fantastic troupe La Fura dels Baus inspired Carlus Padrissa to develop his own new play from the score. It is a spectacularly dramatic and theatrical journey, interweaving dance, new passages of writing and Mozart’s score, to which arias from other works have been added, sung by three soloists. A conductor from Mexico, a soprano from Egypt, a tenor from Thailand and a star bass from Germany are accompanied, as if this were nothing out of the ordinary, by the Salzburg Bach Choir and the Camerata Salzburg. Music brings people from all different cultures together, and Mozart knew how to do that better than anyone.
Tobias Gebler, like Mozart, belonged to the Freemasons, for whom ancient Egypt and its rituals are fundamental. Gebler’s play Thamos, King of Egypt, set in the Temple of the Sun at Heliopolis, reflected their principles, with its direct confrontation of good and evil, moral integrity and betrayal, interpreted in the context of the Enlightenment (perhaps laying a foundation for The Magic Flute). Mozart composed choruses and incidental music for the play, illustrating its power struggle, ill-fated love and obligatory lieto fine. Carlus Padrissa has adapted a version for the Felsenreitschule, with pyrotechnics and laser lighting, set around a pyramid with the Egyptian symbol of the “all-seeing eye” in a triangle surrounded by rays of sunlight. The focus is on the central message of liberty, equality, fraternity, tolerance and humanity. Spanish poems by Alicia Aza are included, as well as selected arias from The Magic Flute and Zaide.