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01/03/2017

Mozart Week 2017…

Eleven days and 36 concerts, about 28,000 tickets sold and an occupancy rate of around 90 per cent – this is the successful end result of the Mozart Week 2017. Visitors came from 51 countries and from all five continents to Salzburg. The majority of visitors came from Austria, Germany and Switzerland followed by guests from France and Italy. We also welcomed the King of Sweden, Carl Gustav XVI, with his wife Sylvia, who came to see and hear Mozart’s "Requiem" in the production by Bartabas and conducted by Marc Minkowski in the Felsenreitschule.

After five highly successful seasons Marc Minkowski, outgoing artistic director of the Mozart Week, was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal by Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, president of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, who said at the award ceremony, "Marc Minkowski is one of the outstanding Mozart interpreters of our time, his reading of Mozart’s music touches and moves audiences." The Golden Medal is the highest honour to be awarded in the name of Mozart by the Mozarteum Foundation.

 

Rolando Villazón is our Mozart ambassador

We are very pleased to present star tenor Rolando Villazón as the Mozart Ambassador of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. He takes up the appointment in March 2017. Various national and international projects are being planned in which he will be involved as an educator, artist and representative of the many varied tasks of the Mozarteum Foundation.

 

… and this will be the Mozart Week 2018

The Mozart Week 2018 (26 January – 4 February), planned and organized by Maren Hofmeister, opens with a new production of Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail, conducted by René Jacobs and staged by Andrea Moses with a selected ensemble of young singers. It is a double premiere as Jacobs has so far not conducted a scenic production of this opera, and the German stage director makes her debut in Salzburg with this production.

It is part of the tradition of the Mozart Week to present Mozart’s œuvre from various perspectives and in association with works by other composers. Modern and contemporary music is also featured. At the Mozart Week 2018 the Vienna Philharmonic will perform together with three conductors, two of them make their debut with the world famous orchestra. On the programme of the young Frenchman Alain Altinoglu, music director of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, is Georges Bizet’s only symphony, for which he was inspired by Mozart; Robin Ticciati, music director of Glyndebourne Opera, conducts Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Renaud Capuçon as soloist, and Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, performs Mozartiana by Tchaikovsky to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Russian composer’s death.

Several pianists, for instance Daniel Barenboim, Sir András Schiff, Robert Levin, Piotr Anderszewski and David Fray, who makes his first appearance at the Mozart Week, exemplify the different interpretations of Mozart’s music.  Other artists appearing at the Mozart Week for the first time include the internationally celebrated soprano Marlis Petersen, the Schumann Quartet, as well as the B’Rock Orchestra together with the young German singer Anna Lucia Richter.

Courtesy Mozarteum Foundation

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