This year’s Mozartwoche begins this week in Salzburg, running from 24 January to 3 February 2019. The first edition of Rolando Villazón’s tenure, the 2019 festival focuses on Mozart’s choral works.
Central to the programme is a new fully staged account of Thamos, König in Ägypten in a production by the dynamic Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus. Fatma Said will make her debut with the festival singing the role of Tharsis, joining a cast that includes René Pape, Nutthaporn Thammathi and Silke Redhammer.
In addition to three performances of T.H.A.M.O.S. (24, 28 Jan, 1 Feb), Fatma will join Rolando Villazón and the Mozart Children’s Orchestra for a concert mixing music and dance (27 Jan).
Other choral works on the programme include the composer’s Requiem in D, performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker and Andrés Orozco-Estrada with Adam Plachetka (2 Feb), and the monumental Mass in C minor, for which Siobhan Stagg joins Orchestre des Champs-Elysees and Philippe Herreweghe (31 Jan).
Mozartwoche regular Sir András Schiff returns to play and direct two performances with his Cappella Andrea Barca and Cecilia Bartoli (26 & 27 Jan), as well as delivering a masterclass on the composer’s Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major (26 Jan).
Mozarteum alumni Christina Gansch returns to Salzburg to join the University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hansjörg Albrecht for the cantata David penitente (29 Jan).
Robin Ticciati conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a programme interspersing soprano arias between the eight movements of the 13-year-old Mozart’s Serenade. Robin and the COE are joined by soloist Louise Alder (25 Jan).
Giovanni Antonini leads his ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and the RIAS Kammerchor in a programme which includes Mozart’s Mass in C K 139 (1 Feb).
You can view the full schedule here.