A Celebrated Mozartwoche 2019 Comes to an End


Marking Rolando Villazón’s first season as Artistic Director, Mozartwoche 2019 came to an end on February 3, 2019. The festival was highly successful, with 37 sold-out events and 93% of festival tickets sold.

One of the festival highlights was the premiere of T.H.A.M.O.S., an exciting adaptation of Mozart’s early work, Thamos, König in Ägypten, directed by Carlus Padrissa and featuring the theatrical ensemble, La Fura dels Baus. The work combined Mozart’s original score with dance, aerial ballet, written word, and selected arias from The Magic Flute and Zaide. Acclaimed Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra led a spectacular cast, including René Pape, Fatma Said, and Nutthaporn Thammathi, which was joined by the Salzburger Bachchor and the Camerata Salzburg.

Honoring Mozart’s birthday on January 27, Rolando joined Los Mariachis Negros in parading the streets of Salzburg to celebrate the spirited occasion.

The festival brought together some of the greatest artists in classical music today, including Daniel Barenboim, Sir András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Cecilia Bartoli, Janine Jansen, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mozarteumorchester, and more. The festival also incorporated innovative interpretations of Mozart’s work, Mozart’s Amazing Shadows with Catapult Entertainment and Bastien und Bastienne, performed in collaboration with the Salzburg Marionette Theater.

Discussing the festival with Euronews, Rolando shares, “For me Mozart is about everything: life, love, light and about the triumph of light… As we experience all these emotions, it is like as if we’re shaken up through a lot of intelligence, art, a vision and poetry.”

Learn more about Rolando’s plans for Mozartwoche 2020, which runs January 23 – February 2, 2020.