The city's most famous son: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Photo: Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Why don’t you visit the Mozarts?

The corona-related #kleinePauseMozart of the Mozarteum Foundation is not yet over. But at least the city’s two Mozart museums will reopen at the end of May – step by step. The first of these will be the residence on Makartplatz on 30 May, the Whitsun weekend. And it invites visitors to take part in a guided tour entitled “Visit the Mozarts! The house where Mozart was born in Getreidegasse will follow on the next weekend, 6/7 June. Initially, both museums will only be open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11 am to 4 pm. All the necessary hygiene and distance rules will of course be observed at that time.

Mozart’s birthplace in Getreidegasse reopens on 6 June.

New to the programme are regular special tours under the motto “Visit the Mozarts”. Especially for all Salzburgers on Saturdays at 2 pm at the Mozart residence. “This is a good opportunity to get to know the Mozarts better. Refresh your knowledge about the family and also learn some unknown facts,” explains museum educator Maria Erker and adds: “Here the whole family is the focus. The life and work of father Leopold Mozart. And the two Mozart wives, Mother Anna Maria and Sister Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’, also offer exciting stories and testimonies of this time.”

We play for Austria

For those who do not want to wait that long, the Mozarteum Foundation has something very special in store this coming Sunday, 24 May. After three successful live concerts in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper and the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, the series “Wir spielen für Österreich” (We play for Austria) initiated by ORF III will be continued with another musical event in a class of its own. Under the title “Mozart@home”, a glamorous concert event is scheduled for Sunday, 24 May 2020, at 8.15 pm. The framework is provided by “Erlebnis Bühne LIVE” on ORF III and the classical music platform fidelio.

In cooperation with the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg, this event is dedicated to the world-famous composer and his native city of Salzburg. The evening will be hosted by star tenor and Mozartwoche director Rolando Villazón (in the concert hall) and ORF culture lady Barbara Rett. This will be accompanied by performances by top-class artists, live time-delayed from the magnificent Great Hall of the Mozarteum or in feeds from important Mozart locations.

Rolando Villazón and ORF culture lady Barbara Rett lead through the programme at various locations. With Rolando Villazón, the French mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, the Salzburg-born baritone Rafael Fingerlos, the US soprano Andrea Carroll, the Bach Choir Salzburg and many others.

The concert will be made available as a live stream and as video-on-demand for seven days after the TV broadcast. The classical music platform fidelio will also present the evening live or afterwards on demand in the Klassithek. To get in the mood for the concert, fidelio offers all classical music fans an extensive thematic focus on the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. These include productions from the Salzburg Mozart Week such as “T.H.A.M.O.S” (2019) and “Pùnkitititi!” (2020), but also archive treasures such as Handel’s organ concerts with Karl Richter from 1971.

Thus, with Wir spielen für Österreich and Besuch doch mal die Mozarts! one can set out on the road back to whatever normality looks like.

Stiftung Mozarteum

Published 18. May 2020Updated 6. June 2023
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