A play about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s work in Vienna and a rivalry at the court of Emperor Joseph I.
With this new production, the Mozartwoche and the Salzburg State Theatre are joining forces to present a contemporary image of Mozart for 2024. 40 years ago, Peter Shaffer’s play “Amadeus”, congenially filmed by Miloš Forman, revolutionised our image of Mozart. For the first time, Mozart is simultaneously demystified, glorified as a genius and celebrated as a pop star of his time.
Antonio Salieri, court composer to Emperor Joseph I, rose to become the first musical authority in Vienna. But disaster struck for him in Salzburg: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a boisterous fellow, silly, cheeky and always in the mood for naughty jokes. He effortlessly composes the most marvellous music, while Salieri, despite his hard work, only produces average music. How this budding rivalry ends is the subject of the play by Peter Schaffers and the film by Milos Forman.
Andreas Gergen, long-time opera director of the Salzburg State Theatre, is predestined to stage Shaffer’s brilliant play in the birthplace of Mozart in dramaturgical collaboration with Rolando Villazón. From 26 January to 14 June, the Salzburg State Theatre ensemble will be on stage 17 times.
Fri, 26.1.24 - Fri, 14.6.24
Salzburg State Theatre