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Mozart Week 2019: "Thamos, King of Egypt" KV 345
Source: Mozarteum Foundation
24/10/2018

The dynamic Catalan theatre collective La Fura dels Baus is producing a work by Mozart for the first time in Salzburg: Thamos, King of Egypt K 345 is being premiered at the 2019 Mozart Week Festival in the company’s exciting new production.Tobias Philipp von Gebler’s didactic stage play Thamos, King of Egypt KV 345 centres on the themes of Egypt, Freemasonry and the Enlightenment. 

Wolfgang Amadé was only seventeen when he wrote the music for a drama that is little known today, and yet the music is among his finest. The work is also regarded as the seed that later gave rise to Die Zauberflöte.

Carlus Padrissa and his internationally acclaimed company La Fura dels Baus have taken Mozart’s score as their starting point for a new piece designed specially for the stage of the Felsenreitschule, resulting in a spectacular, dramatic and theatrical journey made up of a number of closely interwoven elements: dance, aerial choreography, texts by the Spanish writer Alicia Aza and Mozart’s score. The performers are all internationally acclaimed artists: Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, leading German bass René Pape, Egyptian soprano Fatma Said and Thai tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi. The performances also feature the Salzburg Camerata and Salzburg Bach Choir.

With the powerful visual language of their productions La Fura dels Baus have repeatedly gained international attention and generated enthusiasm on the part of audiences and critics alike, notably in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and most recently in Rome, Paris, Munich and the Klangwolke in Linz. The video provides an impressive insight into the unique world of La Fura dels Baus.

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