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Mozart anniversary to be celebrated across Europe

In the 250th anniversary year of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth, festivities all over Europe will reflect a sometimes overlooked aspect of his career: the great composer's wide range of travels.

He was an almost incredible traveler for his times, when any move was not only laborious, but often dangerous as well.

Mozart (1756-91), spend more than ten of his 36 years away from home, meaning elsewhere than in Salzburg or Vienna. He visited more than 200 towns and other sites.

Now, 250 years after his birth, more than 75 partner towns have banded together on "Mozart's European Routes," meaning there will be some form of commemoration for the composer in just about everywhere he even passed through during his short and turbulent life.

They are in ten countries Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Alongside Salzburg and Vienna next year, Prague will be the third center of Mozart festivities. His operas "Don Giovanni" and "La Clemenza di Tito" had their original premieres in the "Golden City," as did the aptly-named "Prague Symphony."

The Festival "Mozart Prague 2006" will include more than 150 concerts, opera performances, exhibitions and other events. There will be a festival performance of Don Giovanni in the Prague Staendetheater, exactly 219 years after Mozart himself conducted the premiere at the same site.

Munich in Germany was the city Mozart visited more often than any other. Here were the original premieres of "Idomeneo" and "La finta giardiniera."

From January 27 Mozart's exact birthday to February 14, the Bavarian State Opera will perform six major Mozart operas: "La Clemenza di Tito," "Cosi fan tutte," "Don Giovanni," "Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail," "Le nozze di Figaro," and "Die Zauberfloete" ("The Magic Flute").

A memorial concert is scheduled to be be conducted by Zubin Mehta, and numerous other events are planned.

Mozart visited the German town of Mannheim four times, and it was there he got to know his later wife Constanze. The town begins a packed year of events a little early, having kicked off the 5th annual "Mannheimer Mozartwoche" ("Mannheim Mozart Week"), on December 4.

The composer was only in Berlin and Potsdam for a few weeks, and did not create any important works there. But all the same, the three opera houses of the German capital will have special festival performances. Daniel Barenboim is due to conduct the Staatskapelle Berlin at the State Opera Unter den Linden on January 27.

Mozart made three journeys to Italy, where there were repeated efforts to get him commissions or posts. His operas "Lucio Silla," "Ascanio in Alba" and "Mitridate" had their premieres in Milan.

On December 7, the Milan Scala will open its season with "Idomeneo." On its programme during "Mozart Year" are also "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni." At the city's "Piccolo Teatro" meanwhile, there will be a spring festival of "Mozart of the Marionettes."

London and Paris were scenes of early triumphs by Mozart as a child prodigy who was allowed to perform to rulers and crowned heads.


 Source :   Editor: WuLin
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