Barrie Kosky’s ‘Magic Flute’ Headlines Mostly Mozart Festival 2019

By Francisco Salazar

The Mostly Mozart Festival has announced its 2019 festival, which is set to feature a number of stage productions, contemporary concerts and some of the world’s greatest musicians.

For this article we will focus mainly on vocal events and opera. \


The operatic selection for the Mostly Mozart festival is set to include Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s production of “The Magic Flute.” The production will star Maureen McKay and Vera-Lotte Böcker sharing the role of Pamina with Julien Behr and Aaron Blake alternating as Tamino. The Queen of the Night will be performed by Christina Poulitsi and Aleksandra Olczyk, while Dimitry Ivashchenko and Wenwei Zhang will sing Sarastro. Rodion Pogossov and Evan Hughes round out the cast as Papageno. and Talya Lieberman is Papagena.

Louis Langrée conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Performance Dates: July 17-20, 2019


Iván Fischer conducts soprano Jeanine De Bique in arias by Handel from “Giulio Cesare,“Rodelinda” and “La Resurrezione.” The program also includes Haydn’ Symphony No. 88 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41. The Budapest Festival Orchestra performs.

Performance Date: August 4, 2019 

Contemporary Ensemble 

Vimbayi Kaziboni conducts an evening of contemporary music with Hidejiro Honjoh and soprano Kate Soper. The program will include Nathan Davis’ “Inside Voice,” Ann Cleare’s “Teeth of light, tongue of waves,” György Kurtág’s “Tre pezzi,” Kate Soper’s “The Ultimate Poem is Abstract,” Anahita Abbasi’s “Sketch I,” and Dai Fujikura’s Shamisen Concerto.

Performance Date: August 3, 2019

Susanna Phillips and Myra Huang offer up a recital dedicated to important women composers. The recital includes music by Fanny Hensel, Alma Mahler, and Clara Schumann.

Performance Date: July 30, 2019