The leitmotif of the 2018 Mozart Festival is “Enlightenment. Clarification. Transfiguration”. The multifaceted festival programme addresses the illuminative power of unfettered ratiocination. Europe’s great philosophers, scientists, engineers and artists: for all of them the enlightened human mind was the epicentre of a changing world. This is what the festival programme aims to capture with a view to Mozart’s life and works, but also to explore the successes and failures of the Enlightenment in the context of our present-day lives.
The Mozart Festival will be hosting 61 concerts and events, designed to provide a musical experience encapsulating the spirit of the Enlightenment. Freedom, humanism and tolerance suffuse the language of art and of our internationally renowned artists, who once again have put together programmes in chamber music, symphonies, vocal music and world music specifically for the Mozart Festival. The artiste étoile in this season is for the first time a chamber music ensemble, in the shape of the Schumann Quartet. As the “Composer in Portrait”, Arvo Pärt from Estonia will be spotlighted by the Mozart Laboratory and in selected concerts.
The festival’s highlight is the opening concert in the Emperors’ Hall of the Würzburg Residence with the Camerata Salzburg conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, who has recently been voted “Conductor of the Year” (25/26 May). Marc Minkowski will with Les Musiciens du Louvre (27/28 May) be celebrating his long-awaited first appearance at the Mozart Festival. Making their debuts as guests at the Mozart Festival will be the soprano Marlis Petersen with a lieder evening (30 May) and the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard (20 June), who was recently awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.
Find out more about our leitmotif and read the editorial of the intendant Evelyn Meining
or the leading article of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Konrad!