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The world’s most important Mozart festival launches 2020, a year of musical anniversaries: Rolando Villazón’s journey through Mozart’s universe continues

The core stage project of the Mozart Week 2020 brings a phenomenal constellation into the “Haus für Mozart”: The celebrated director, playwright, painter, stage designer and video artist Robert Wilson stages “The Messiah” K. 572, an adaptation of Mozart’s oratorio by Handel, interpreted by Les Musiciens du Louvre under the conducting of Marc Minkowski. Furthermore, Rolando Villazón’s second Mozart Week focuses on the works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart which he composed especially for brass and woodwind instruments. Around 50 events, including scenic projects, a concertante opera performance, orchestral concerts, chamber music and dance, will illuminate the various facets of this focus. Outstanding Mozart interpreters, ensembles and orchestras will be guests at the concerts in Salzburg: Kristiina Poska with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Andreas Manze and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Lahav Shani with the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Harding with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Christina Pluhar with L’Arpeggiata, Sir András Schiff and the Cappella Andrea Barca, Daniel Barenboim, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Mitsuko Uchida or Mojca Erdmann.

Our aim is to explore and present Mozart’s incredibly wide-ranging output in all its variety. We are undertaking a journey together and immersing ourselves in Mozart’s world. In the course of this journey we may discover some wonderful treasures – I know this from my own personal experience.. All aboard! Here we go!“

 

Rolando Villazón, Artistic Director Mozart Week

The world’s most important Mozart festival launches 2020, a year of musical anniversaries: Rolando Villazón’s journey through Mozart’s universe continues

The core stage project of the Mozart Week 2020 brings a phenomenal constellation into the “Haus für Mozart”: The celebrated director, playwright, painter, stage designer and video artist Robert Wilson stages “The Messiah” K. 572, an adaptation of Mozart’s oratorio by Handel, interpreted by Les Musiciens du Louvre under the conducting of Marc Minkowski. Furthermore, Rolando Villazón’s second Mozart Week focuses on the works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart which he composed especially for brass and woodwind instruments. Around 50 events, including scenic projects, a concertante opera performance, orchestral concerts, chamber music and dance, will illuminate the various facets of this focus. Outstanding Mozart interpreters, ensembles and orchestras will be guests at the concerts in Salzburg: Kristiina Poska with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Andreas Manze and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Lahav Shani with the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Harding with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Christina Pluhar with L’Arpeggiata, Sir András Schiff and the Cappella Andrea Barca, Daniel Barenboim, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Mitsuko Uchida or Mojca Erdmann.

Our aim is to explore and present Mozart’s incredibly wide-ranging output in all its variety. We are undertaking a journey together and immersing ourselves in Mozart’s world. In the course of this journey we may discover some wonderful treasures – I know this from my own personal experience.. All aboard! Here we go!“

 

Rolando Villazón, Artistic Director Mozart Week

OUTSTANDING SOLOISTS

During this week, four soloists – all of them undisputed masters of their instruments and celebrated performers of Mozart’s works – highlight the composer’s friends and guide us through Mozart’s masterworks.

Andreas Ottensamer reminds us of Anton Stadler, for whom Mozart composed the famous Stadler Quintet and the sublime Clarinet Concerto. Radek Baborák brings us closer to Joseph Leutgeb, for whom Mozart com posed the Horn Quintet and Horn Concertos. Emmanuel Pahud performs the Flute Concerto which Mozart wrote for Ferdinand Dejean, and François Leleux gives a nod to Friedrich Ramm, Mozart’s friend to whom he dedicated his Oboe Concerto as well as the Oboe Quartet.

Three well-known contemporary friends of Mozart will also take centre stage: Mitsuko Uchida continues her Mozart series with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Sir András Schiff begins a new series with his Cappella Andrea Barca, after completing series of the piano concertos and sonatas; in 2020, he embarks on his exploration of Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s operatic trilogy with Le nozze di Figaro, conducting the Cappella Andrea Barca, and an outstanding cast, from the piano forte.

Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra begin a cycle of Mozart’s last ten symphonies and final eight piano concertos, spread out over the next four years.

COOPERATIONS AND STAGE PROJECTS

Our big stage project offers a truly extraordinary constellation: the great artist Robert Wilson stages one of the four Handel oratorios which Mozart reworked, as commissioned by his generous friend Baron van Swieten: the Messiah. Mozart translated the text into German, subtly re-ordered the work and, above all, re-wrote all the parts for winds and brass. Marc Minkowski, an old and close friend of the Mozart Week, returns to perform the oratorio with his Musiciens du Louvre and a hand-picked cast of singers.

Besides the Messiah, 2020 offers two more new stage projects: Pùnkitititi!, a work specially conceived and created by artist Doug Fitch for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre with Mozart’s music for pantomime, and Mozart Moves! – Seven Playlets, a creation that Rolando Villazón will stage in the Landestheater, featuring seven original works by celebrated writers Martha Batiz, John von Düffel, Tom Holloway, Shlomo Moskovitz, Guadalupe Nettel, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt and Jorge Volpi. Each of them was inspired by divertimenti which Mozart composed exclusively for wind and brass instruments.

Continuing our quest to bring Mozart to the various Salzburg stages, we present two new and original shows: Mozart in the Wind, conceived and performed by Florian Willeitner and the Pool of Invention Ensemble at Szene Salzburg, and Les Sourds-Doués in the OVAL – Die Bühne im EUROPARK.

OUTSTANDING CONDUCTORS AND ORCHESTRAS

We are very pleased to welcome a host of formidable conductors. Kristiina Poska returns to conduct the opening concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra and a selection of wonderful young soloists in a programme which bridges the musical themes of 2019 and 2020. Andrew Manze conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Christina Pluhar makes her Salzburg debut with her ensemble L’Arpeggiata, interpreting another of Handel’s oratorios revised by Mozart, Andrea Marcon and La Cetra perform the Mass in C minor, Riccardo Minasi directs the Akademiekonzert, Lahav Shani conducts the Vienna Philharmonic and plays the piano solo in a programme which also features two of the orchestra’s young soloists in Mozart’s beauti ful Concerto for Flute and Harp, and Daniel Harding conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a closing gala which celebrates the musical focus of the week and anticipates the 2021 theme. There is no shortage of amazing chamber music programmes, with performers including Les Vents Français, the Kodály String Quartet and Éric Le Sage, soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Armida Quartet and Mathilde Calderini, soloists from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Mojca Erdmann, the Takács Quartet, the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet and Kristian Bezuidenhout. We also continue our popular format of “Letters and Music”. This year, actor Florian Teichtmeister reads from letters Mozart wrote to his friends, while Paul Montag and Hugues Borsarello perform sonatas on Mozart’s original instruments. Finally, artistic director Rolando Villazón invites you to join him and a group of mariachis in serenading Mozart for his birthday, in a game of Mozart-themed Mexican Lotería interspersed with movements of Mozart’s Ein musikalischer Spass, or in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer, Mitsuko Uchida and Ulrich Leisinger, head of the Mozarteum Foundation’s research department.

Mozart Week 2020

Mozart Week - Chamber Music
Mozart Week - Film
Mozart Week - Guided Tour
Mozart Week - Music and words
Mozart Week - Orchestra Concert
Mozart Week - Others
Mozart Week - Performance
Mozart Week - Scenic
Mozart Week - Talk