After five celebrated years of “Pure Mozart”, Rolando Villazón and the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum embark on a new era in 2024. Running from January 24 to February 4, Mozart’s œuvre continues to be at the center and remains the heart, body and soul of the annual festival, but this year and in the future, the festival will feature other great maestri as well, whose presence allows us to highlight the life, the work and the incomparable genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Featuring some of the most famous Mozartians of our day, the Mozart Week Festival celebrates Mozart each year around his birthday in January and takes place in the picturesque town where he was born. This year, arguably the most infamous of Mozart’s rivals, Antonio Salieri, sets foot on the stage of the Mozart Week Festival. “No contemporary is mentioned in the same breath as often as Antonio Salieri,” explains Rolando Villazón, the Festival’s intendant and curator of the week. “Many myths and stories are bound up with the ambivalent relationship between these two men, and we should like to retell these myths and stories in the most varied ways not only in concerts but also as a thrilling drama through the medium of opera, the spoken theatre, films and other exciting formats.”
The 2024 Mozart Week Festival features three works that focus on the rivalry between these two composers and, above all, on the legends that have grown up around them: Peter Shaffer’s stage play Amadeus of 1979; Miloš Forman’s brilliant film version of five years later, which received no fewer than eight Oscars; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri, which will be presented as a marionette play with live musical accompaniment. Also on the programme is a semi-staged performance of Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito with Le Concert des Nations – one of the best-known of today’s period ensembles – under Jordi Savall. There will additionally be orchestral concerts, chamber music recitals, films, guided tours, talks and much more.
Please visit the Mozarteum website for more information about the events in Mozart Week 2024.