100 Years of Mozartfest Würzburg 2021
In 2021 Germany's oldest Mozart festival celebrates its 100th anniversary. The anniversary season will take place from May 28 to June 27, 2021, under the patronage of the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder. 100 Years of the Mozartfest will be celebrated in a multifaceted program with its milestones and turning points and confronted with impulses of the present. Mozart will be questioned from various perspectives and in a variety of event formats on his history of influence. As in the early days of the Mozartfest, the polyphony of the arts is to unfold its effect: Fine arts, architecture, music, dance, literature.
The program of the 85 concerts and events planned at 30 venues ranges from world premieres to night music in the Hofgarten, from elaborate theme evenings to the Jupiter Night under the sign of the Roaring Twenties.
Original instruments from Mozart's private collection, made available by the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg, will be heard at the opening concert in the Kaisersaal. The first opera to be performed at the Mozartfest 1931, Mozart's »Idomeneo«, will be performed exclusively for Würzburg by Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques and a first-class ensemble of young voices. After his debut in 2017, René Jacobs will return to the Mozartfest: almost exactly 200 years to the day after the premiere, he will conduct Weber's »Freischütz« for the first time and start a European tour with this production in Würzburg.
To initiate something new and enter into dialogue with Mozart: The Mozartfest has commissioned three works to mark the centenary. Jüri Reinvere and Anno Schreier present their Mozart picture with compositions for orchestra, the third commission went to the writer Ulla Hahn. In her literary work she deals with Mozart and artificial intelligence. The Mozartfest also owes other premieres to the commitment of its partners: an orchestral work by the Lithuanian artist Justé Janulyté, two song compositions by Wilfried Hiller and six piano pieces by the British composer Michael Nyman.
The Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, churches, monasteries, wineries, palace gardens or industrial monuments are the stages for a multi-faceted cornucopia of events in which the focus is on shared appreciation and exploring aural sublimities.