The Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg hosts Mozart Week annually on or around Mozart’s birthday (Jan. 27) in celebration of the composer’s contributions to the world of music. The lineup for Mozart Week 2020, which will be held Jan. 23 – Feb. 2, has been announced.
For the purposes of this article, we will highlight vocal performances and anything else opera-related.
The Opening Concert of the Mozart Week 2020 kicks off the celebration on Jan. 23 at the Mozarteum Foundation Great Hall, led by conductor Kristiina Poska and moderated by Rolando Villazón. Featured vocally will be the Arnold Schönberg Choir and soprano Claire Elizabeth Craig. Also featured will be Eva-Nina Kozmus (flute), Ben Goldscheider (horn), Ann Van Wauwe (Clarinet), and Riccardo Terzo (Bassoon), with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. The program is set to include Mozart’s Symphony in C major, K. 200; “Regina coeli” for soprano, mixed choir, Orchestra and organ K. 108; Symphony in A major, K. 114; Rondo in E flat major for horn and orchestra K. 622: 2nd movement; Andante C major for flute and orchestra, K. 315; and Concerto in B flat major for bassoon and orchestra, K. 191.
Performance Date: Jan. 23, 2020.
“Messias,” held at the House for Mozart, will be directed by Robert Wilson and conducted by Marc Minkowski. Soprano Elena Tsallagova, alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl, tenor Richard Croft, and bass José Coca Loza will be featured along with the Bachchoir Salzburg and Les Musiciens du Louvre orchestra. The program includes the seldom heard Messiah K. 572 Oratorio in three parts for soloists, choir and orchestra by Georg Friedrich Handel (HWV 56) edited by Mozart.
Performance Dates: Jan. 23, 26, & 31, 2020.
András Schiff will conduct the Cappella Andrea Barca chamber orchestra while playing continuo in a concert performance of “Le Nozze di Figaro,” adapted by Rolando Villazón for staging in the Felsenreitschule. The cast will feature Florian Boesch as Count Almaviva, Christiane Karg as Countess Rosina Almaviva, Regula Mühlemann as Susanna, Julien van Mellaerts as Figaro, Angela Brower as Cherubino, Marie McLaughlin as Marcellina, Angelo Pollak as Basilio & Don Curzio, Maurizio Muraro as Bartolo & Antonio, and Julia Lezhneva as Barberina.
Performance Dates: Jan. 24 & 26, 2020.
A film showing of the Mozart Audio-Visual Collection, “Händel/Mozart: The Messiah K. 572″ will present a 1991 performance at Stadtkirche Ellwangen by the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart and Gächinger Kantorei. Helmuth Rilling conducts. Featured vocally are Donna Brown, Cornelia Kallisch, Roberto Saccà, and Alastair Miles.
Performance Date: Jan. 25, 2020.
A Conversation By Rolando Villazón With Florian Teichtmeister will be held at DomQuartier Salzburg Knight’s Hall of the Residence, will address this question: “How can we approach Mozart otherwise than through music?” Selections discussed during this talk will include music for soprano, bass, clarinet, and basset horn.
Performance Date: Jan. 26, 2020.
Mozart Moves! Seven Playlets will feature the Actors and Dancers of the Salzburger Landetheater, as well as members of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Staged by Rolando Villazón and Christina Piegger, with choreography by Reginaldo Oliviero and set / costumes by Eva Musil, the program includes seven playlets inspired by one of Mozart’s wind divertimenti. Playlet writers include Martha Batiz, John of Duffel, Tom Holloway, Shlomo Moskovitz, Guadalupe Nettel, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, and Jorge Volpi.
Performance Dates: Jan. 27, 30; Feb. 2, 2020.
Bläserensemble der Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, to be held at the Mozarteum Foundation Great Hall, will feature soprano Mojca Erdmann alongside the Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik’s wind ensemble. The program is set to include Mozart’s Divertimento in F major for two oboes, two horns and two bassoons, KV 213; Divertimento F major for three basset horns, KV 439b; Recitative and aria for soprano and orchestra “Basta, vincesti” – “Ah! non lasciarmi, no” KV 486a; Recitative, Aria and Cavatine for soprano and orchestra “Ah, lo previdi!” – “Ah, t’invola” – “Deh, non varcar” KV 272; Divertimento Bb major for two oboes, two clarinets, two English horns, two horns and two bassoons, KV 186; and Serenade in E flat major for two oboes, two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons, KV 375.
Performance Date: Jan. 28, 2020.
L’Arpeggiata / Christina Pluhar will feature soprano Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano Benedetta Mazzucata, tenor Topi Lehtipuu, and bass Dingle Yandell in a program of Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de Confessore” for solos, mixed choir, orchestra and organ, K. 339, and “Ode on St. Caecilia” by Georg Frideric Handel (HWV 76), edited by Mozart, K. 592.
Performance Date: Jan. 28, 2020.
La Cetra Baroque Orchestra will feature La Cetra Barockorchester, La Cetre Vokalensemble, sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Margriet Buchberger, tenor Jakob Pilgram, and bass José Antonio López at the Mozarteum Foundation Great Hall. The program will include Mozart’s “Litaniae Laurentanae B.M.V.” for solos, mixed choir, orchestra and organ, K. 195, as well as Missa C minor, K. 427.
Performance Date: Jan. 30, 2020
A film showing of the Mozart Audio-Visual Collection, “Mozart: Così fan tutte” will present a 2013 performance of Mozart’s classic comedy by the Teatro Real of Madrid, directed by Michael Haneke and led by conductor Sylvain Cambreling. The cast includes Anett Fritsch, Paola Gardina, Juan Francisco Gatell, Andreas Wolf, Kerstin Avemo, and William Shimell.
Performance Date: Jan. 31, 2020.
Soprano Giulia Semenzato will be featured during the Academy Concert, with Riccardo Minasi leading the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Also featured will be Radek Baborák (Horn) and Robert Levin (piano). The program will include Mozart’s “Mitridate, re di Ponto” KV 87: Overture; Recitative and aria for soprano and orchestra “Bella mia fiamma, addio” – “Resta, oh cara” KY 528; Concerto in E flat major for horn and orchestra, K. 495; “Mitridate, re di Ponto” KV 87: Aria of Sifare No. 13 “Lungi da te, mio bene;” Symphony in G major, KV 74; Symphony in G major, KV 124; Aria for soprano and orchestra “Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia” KV 582; Concerto in F major for Piano and Orchestra, KV 459; and “Il re pastore” KV 208: Aria of Elisa No. 8 “Barbaro, oh Dio! mi vedi.”
Performance Date: Feb. 1, 2020.
A film showing of the Mozart Audio-Visual Collection, “Don Juan (Opera Film 1955)” will present a 1955 adaptation of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni,” directed by Walter Kolm-Veltée. Bernhard Paumgartner conducts the Wiener Symphoniker. The film stars Cesare Danova, Josef Meinrad, Marianne Schönauer, and Lotte Tobisch.
Performance Date: Feb. 1, 2020.
Mozart Week’s Final Concert: Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Daniel Harding, to be held at the Mozarteum Foundation Great Hall, will feature mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, along with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding. The program will include Mozart’s Symphony in A major, K. 201; Concerto A major for clarinet and orchestra, K. 622; “Così fan tutte” K. 588: Overture; “Così fan tutte” K. 588: Aria of Fiordiligi, No. 14 “Come scoglio immoto resta;” “La clemenza di Tito” K. 621: Aria of Sesto, No. 9 “Parto, ma tu ben mio;” and Symphony in D major, K. 504 “Prague Symphony.”
Performance Date: Feb. 2, 2020.