Schubert & ‘Don Giovanni’ Headline Most Mozart Festival 2017

By David Salazar

The Mostly Mozart Festival is one of the highlights of the summer in New York City, filled with many selections from the great genius.

Of course, there is always a nice selection for opera lovers and this year is no different.

There will be two concerts that feature choral music. The first of these is “The Singing Heart” on July 25 and 26. Louis Langrée will lead Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for a special opening night program that will feature, among other things Mozart’s Kyrie, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Traditional Songs and Spirituals. Mozart’s 35th Symphony will also be featured. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City will perform at David Geffen Hall.

Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of Paul Agnew, will also give a program of Charpentier works on July 27, 2017. This concert will be at Alice Tully Hall.

But those looking for something more theatrical will have two delightful selections to pick from. On August 12 and 13, 2017, Ian Bostridge will perform in Hans Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s “Winterreise.” Baldur Brönnimann will conduct the International Contemporary Ensemble in Netia Jones’ staging of the work. The performance will take place at the Rose Theater.

To finish it all off is a three-performance run of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on August 17, 19, and 20 featuring an all-star cast that includes Christopher Maltman in the title role, Kristinn Sigmundsson as the Commendatore, and Lucy Crowe as Donna Elvira. The cast also includes Laura Aikin, Zoltán Megyesi, José Fardilha, and Matteo Peirone. Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He also directs the production.