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Ausschnitt Mozartkopf Programm Mozartwoche 2022

Cancellation of the 2022 Mozart Week

The first festival of the year falls victim to the pandemic

Due to the pandemic, the world’s principal Mozart festival, planned for 27 January – 6 February 2022, cannot take place.

„The situation in Salzburg has deteriorated dramatically, and according to the relevant authorities, no improvement is to be expected. We have done our utmost, but in view of this assessment it would be unacceptable for all concerned to hold the 2022 Mozart Week. The health and safety of our performers, our employees and our audiences has to take priority“, says artistic director Rolando Villazón, and he adds: „With unutterably heavy hearts, we are therefore compelled by the pandemic to cancel the 2022 Mozart Week entirely.“


Mozart Week looks back on a long tradition. Since 1956, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation has held this festival to celebrate the great composer’s birth in the town on 27 January 1756. The 2022 Mozart Week would have been held from 27 January until 6 February, with some 60 events in ten locations throughout Salzburg. In the current circumstances, with no planning security, it is not feasible to implement a festival of these dimensions, with many soloists, orchestras, ensembles and audiences from all over the world. The peak in Covid cases, as calculated by the Salzburg Provincial Government, coincides exactly with the planned festival week, so that further curbs at short notice, such as travel restrictions, reduction in audience capacity, etc. have to be reckoned with. The Health Department of the Province of Salzburg estimates the relevant risk at probably 15 – 20% absences in all sectors by the end of January 2022, which would make implementation of Mozart Week simply impossible.


Owing to the long preparation involved and the unavailability of essential performers, it is not possible to postpone the 2022 Mozart Week.


Please note: the programme for the 2023 Mozart Week will be presented in May.
In spring, a high-calibre programme will also be announced for the festive reopening in October 2022 of the Mozarteum Foundation’s main concert hall with the new foyer.


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