Mostly Mozart Festival Announces 2018 season

By Francisco Salazar

The Mostly Mozart Festival has announced its 2018 season featuring a Bernstein celebration and some of Mozart’s greatest works.

Staged Productions 

Conductor Louis Langrée, the Festival Orchestra, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and a huge cast of singers, musicians, and dancers celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with a fully staged production of his bold 1971 MASS. The production will be directed by SF Opera Lab curator Elkhanah Pulitzer.

Performance Dates: July 17-18, 2018

Haydn’s “The Creation” takes the stage in a production by La Fura dels Baus. The production will star Christina Landshamer, Thomas Tatzl, and Fabio Trümpy. All three singers make their Mostly Mozart Festival debut. Laurence Equilbey conducts the Insula Orchestra which also makes its festival debut.

Performance Dates: July 19–20, 2018


Rosa Feola makes her New York debut in an evening alongside conductor and pianist Christian Zacharias. Feola performs Mozart’s concert aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato bene, K.505” and “Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara, K. 528.” The concert also includes the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major and Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”).

Performance Dates: August 3–4, 2018

Song maestro Steven Blier joins soprano Mikaela Bennett, bass Matt Boehler, and stage and screen legend Kathleen Chalfant for this exploration of song based on the works of Shakespeare. The concert will include music by Kabalevsky, Saint-Saëns, Quilter, Finzi, Poulenc, Stephen Sondheim, John Dankworth, William Schuman, and Dick Hyman.

Performance Date: August 8, 2018 

Mozart’s Requiem takes center stage with a cast that includes Jodie Devos in her U.S. debut, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Andrew Stenson, and Ryan Speedo Green, both in their Mostly Mozart Festival debut. Music director Louis Langrée conducts the festival orchestra.

Performance Dates: August 10–11, 2018