Guilia Semenzato & Sylvia Schwartz at Mozartwoche 2021

This year’s Mozartwoche begins this week in Salzburg running from the 27 January to 31 January 2021. “Mozart lives” is the common theme linking the Mozartwoche Festivals from 2019 to 2023, all planned by Rolando Villazón as the festival’s new intendant. These five festivals explore Mozart’s genius and are devoted exclusively to his music. Due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, concerts will be held without an audience but broadcast across the globe on, arte concerts, medici TV and Mezzo TV.

Rolando remarked about this years’ festival under the special circumstances:

“At a time when strident voices are trying to tear us apart and drown out what unites us as human beings, we have created the vision of a Mozart Week Festival that is sustained by Mozart’s spirit of communion, togetherness and integration.”

To open the 2021 festival, soprano Giulia Semenzato will join the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Ker-Lynn Wilson with Luca Pisaroni (bass-baritone) to perform Arias from Cosi fan Tutte and Le nozze di Figaro for soprano and bass. The concert will be streamed on Wednesday 27th January, the birthday of Mozart, on the streaming platform myfidelio (in Austria/Germany and Switzerland) and also on arte concerts. The concert will also be radio broadcast on Thursday 4th February on ORF Radio Ö1.

Mozartwoche Digital: Opening concert Wednesday 27th January at 20:00 [GMT] 

On the 29th January, soprano Sylvia Schwartz will also be joined by Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Mauro Peter (tenor) and Elena Bashkirova at the piano together performing a collection of Mozart’s Songs fitting for his 265th Birthday. The concert will be streamed on Friday 29th January on and Medici TV.

Mozartwoche Digital: Mozartiade Friday January 29 20:00 [GMT] 

The full Mozartwoche 2021 schedule can be viewed here.

Photo credit: Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

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