Mozartwoche 2019 Begins on January 24

Mozartwoche 2019 begins on January 24, marking the first season of Rolando Villazón’s five-year tenure as Artistic Director.

The festival brings together some of the greatest artists in classical music today, including Daniel Barenboim, Sir András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, René Pape, Cecilia Bartoli, Janine Jansen, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and more.

A highlight of the 2019 festival will be Carlus Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus’s new adaptation of Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten. Titled T.H.A.M.O.S., the work combines Mozart’s original score with dance, aerial ballet, written word, and selected arias from The Magic Flute and Zaide. The cast includes René Pape, Fatma Said, and Nutthaporn Thammathi. Alondra de la Parra conducts the Salzburger Bachchor and the Camerata Salzburg.

On January 25, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (which has collaborated with Rolando and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Deutsche Grammophon Mozart Cycle recording project) performs in concert. Conductor Robin Ticciati leads the COE in an evening which includes Mozart’s Serenade K. 100 and selected soprano arias. Soprano Louise Alder joins as a soloist.

This year’s festival also incorporates innovative interpretations of Mozart’s work, including Mozart Kabarett with Austrian slam poet Lisa Eckhart, Mozart Preposteroso with mime Nola Rae, and Mozart’s Amazing Shadows with Catapult Entertainment, as well as lectures from leading academics, including Juri Viehoff (“Mozart, A Man of the Enlightenment”) and Lyanda Lynn Haupt (“Mozart’s Starling”).

The festival features two exciting conversations led by Rolando, first with conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada on January 31 and later with musicologist and Director of Research at the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg, Dr. Ulrich Leisinger on February 3.

Writing on the mission and importance of the festival in the 21st century, Rolando shares, “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.”

The festival runs from January 24 to February 3. Learn more.