“Mozart, a romanticist?” asks the 2019 Mozart Festival
From 24 May to 23 June 2019, in 75 concerts and a widely diverse array of auditory experiences will illuminate the controversial question of whether classicism and romanticism can be comprehended as a single unit – or not. The focus here is less on epoch-defining terminology and more on the inner dimensions of composers and their works. Why did Mozart exert such a pervasive influence right into the 19th century? Concerts featuring top-class performers at a total of 26 venues, including six new locations, will offer abundant opportunities to explore Mozart in the context of romanticism.
The Artiste étoile is an internationally acclaimed lieder singer and globally celebrated Mozart performer of the younger generation: the tenor Julian Prégardien. In five dramaturgically sophisticated and exclusively planned concert programmes on seven evenings, he will be retracing the path from classicism to romanticism.
This year’s Composer’s Portrait is devoted to the multiple-award-winning Unsuk Chin, an ex-pat resident in Berlin. Mozart is one of her most inspiring role models. For the Imperial Hall concert with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, she has written a new version of a suite from her opera “Alice in Wonderland” especially for the Mozart Festival – in response to the festival’s theme (10 June).
In the Mozart Laboratory (8 to 11 June), too, now embarking on its sixth year, the principal focus is on the festival’s theme with involvement from the Artiste étoile and the portrait composer.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Julian Prégardien will be opening the festival season on 24/25 May in the Imperial Hall of the Würzburg Residence. The concert on Saturday, 25 June, will be broadcast live on radio, and videostreamed by BR Classic.
Mozart Festival for everyone: the programme brochure for the 2019 Mozart Festival is available as of now. It will be dispatched on request and can also be retrieved from the internet under www.mozartfest.de. Written advance ticket sales begin on 7 December. As from 14 January, the Mozart Festival ticket office in Würzburg City Hall will be open for telephone calls and for personalised advice. Tickets cost between 5 and 185 euros. Schoolchildren, trainees and students receive a 50 % discount on standard tickets and last-minute tickets at a one-fits-all price of 12 euros. For those wishing to experience the Mozart Festival close up and without an admission ticket, Mozart Day (25 May) will see the entire city centre transformed into an aurally vibrant stage set.