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Salzburg and Vienna Lead the World

in Celebrating the 250th Anniversary

of Mozart's Birth

On January 27, 2006 the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose artistry spanned the worlds of the Baroque and the French revolution.  It is fitting that two Austrian cities, are the center of the festivities - Salzburg, where the child prodigy  was born and studied composition at his father’s knee, and Vienna, where he met the imperial family, married and enjoyed his greatest triumphs.

Links to articles on leading Mozart Commemorations in 2006

A link to a chronology of Mozart's life

A link to a preview calendar of events in Salzburg and Vienna

It is still possible to walk in the footsteps of Mozart, as many of the original sites still exist.  And music lovers from around the world can look forward to a wide-ranging program of events throughout the year.  Follow this link for more information.  

The President of Austria will officially open Mozart Year 2006 on January 27. The stars of the opening of Mozart Year in Salzburg will be Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Riccardo Muti, who will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the Mozarteum and the Large Festival Hall. In Vienna, Plácido Domingo and star violinist Julian Rachlin are sure to sell out the first performance at the Theater an der Wien, which will serve as a new Mozart opera house, when they appear on January 8. All 22 Mozart operas will be performed during the Salzburg Festival, and in Vienna Seiji Ozawa, Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, will conduct many Mozart operas.

Large Mozart exhibitions will provide a vibrant insight into Mozart’s life as a child prodigy, his genius and into his multi-faceted personality — from his passion for gaming through to his adoration of the female sex and his role as a loving family man. In Salzburg, New Residence hosts the “Viva! Mozart” exhibition, and in Vienna “Mozart 2006” will be on show in the magnificent rooms of the Albertina.

Further attractions in Salzburg will be Mozart’s birthplace and residence, both of which are mounting special exhibitions, while the Mozarthaus Vienna multimedia museum will be opening in the composer’s former home, in the heart of Vienna. 

Both cities’ landmarks are closely associated with Mozart. He was baptized in Salzburg Cathedral, married Constanze in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral and he performed for Empress Maria Theresia in Schönbrunn Palace at the age of six.  It is worth noting that many beautiful locations near Salzburg are also taking part in the celebrations — from St. Gilgen to the Lake Stage in Seeham which is staging “Amadeus”.

Other highlights of the calendar of events for the Mozart Year include appearances by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Neil Shicoff, Thomas Hampson, Bertrand de Billy, Simon Keenlyside, Thomas Quasthoff, András Schiff, Heinrich Schiff, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Angelika Kirchschlager, Beni Schmid and Sir Simon Rattle. The celebrations are being organized by Vienna Mozart Year 2006 under the direction of Peter Marboe and the Salzburg Mozart 2006 office headed by General Secretary Inge Brodil.

We at Luxury Traveler will highlight Mozart Celebrations throughout the year in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.  This includes U.S. bi-coastal celebrations like Mainly Mozart in New York's Lincoln Center and Mostly Mozart in San Diego.

A Chronology of Mozart’s Life 

1756 - Mozart born in Salzburg on January 27 and christened Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus (= Amadé).

1760 - Father Leopold Mozart, a court composer, teaches him not only reading, writing and arithmetic but also how to play the harpsichord, organ and violin. At the age of five his genius son pens his first composition, a Minuet and Trio for piano.

1762 - The Mozart children undertake a concert tour to Vienna lasting several months. They perform for Empress Maria Theresia at Schönbrunn Palace.

1763–66 - Performances in Germany (where the 14 year-old Goethe is in the audience), France, England and Holland.

1769–71 - The 13-year-old Mozart becomes leader of the Salzburg court orchestra. Tours Italy and is made a Knight of the Golden Spur by the Pope.

1777–78 - Two-year journey to Paris, falls in love with Aloisia Weber on the way.

1779–80 - Wolfgang wants to marry Aloisia, she accepts an actor instead. Mozart again gives concerts in Salzburg.

1781 - Mozart, in Vienna, stops working for the Archbishop of Salzburg and settles in Vienna as a freelance musician.

1782 - Premiere of “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at Vienna’s Burgtheater. Mozart marries Constanze Weber, sister of Aloisia.

1784–1785 - Mozart begins cataloging his works, becomes a father again (Carl Thomas died in Milan in 1858) and is accepted as a member of the “Zur Wohlthätigkeit” (Benificence) Masonic lodge.

1790 - Premiere of “Così fan tutte” and last extended concert tour (to Germany).

1791 - Premiere of “The Magic Flute” and “La Clemenza di Tito”. Son Franz Xaver Wolfgang born (died 1844). Constanze taking a cure. Mozart falls ill while writing the Requiem and dies at 1 a.m. on December 5, at the age of 35.

Mozart Calendar 2006

Program Preview of Mozart Year 2006 in Vienna and Salzburg

January 1 to December 5, 2006

SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT MOZART’S BIRTHPLACE, Salzburg  Website: www.mozarteum.at

All year on Sundays and public holidays

MOZART MASSES, Salzburg

Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peters Abbey, Franciscan Church and Pilgrimage Church of Maria Plain    Website: www.kirchen.net/dommuseum/

January 8 to December 12, 2006

THEATER AN DER WIEN -

Innaugural concert on January 8, 2006 with Plácido Domingo and Julian Rachlin

Idomeneo: January 27 and 31; February 4, 8, 12 and 16; and June 17, 21, 25 and 29, 2006

Lucio Silla: March 4, 6, 8, 10 and 13, 2006

Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (The Obligation of the First Commandment): April 12, 13, 14, 2006

The Magic Flute: May 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21; October 11, 13, 17, 20, 22 and 24, 2006

Così fan tutte: June 3, 5, 7, 9, 11; November 21, 23, 25, 27 and 30, 2006

Don Giovanni: July 20, 23, 26 and 29; August 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 and 18, 2006

Flammen: August 7, 10, 14 and 17, 2006

Mozart’s last three symphonies: December 5 and 6, 2006

Contact: jochen.hortschansky@vbw.at

Website: www.theater-wien.at

January 8 to December 8, 2006

VIENNA VOLKSOPER

The Magic Flute: January 13, 18 and 27; February 3, 11 and 20; March 5, 26 and 30; and April 4 and 15, 2006

The Marriage of Figaro:January 8, 11, 20 and 26; February 6; November 10 and 18; and December 2, 2006

La Clemenza di Tito: 24, 26 April and 3, 14 May and 8 June 2006

Don Giovanni: September 16 and 21; October 20; November 3 and 20; and December 5, 2006

Così fan tutte: September 30; October 10 and 26; November 1, 6, 14 and 23; and December 8, 2006

Mozart Soiree: September 27, 2006

Contact: Christiane.Huemer-Strobele@volksoper.at

Website: www.volksoper.at

January 10 to December 5, 2006

VIENNA STATE OPERA

Così fan tutte: January 10, 12, 14 and 16, 2006

Don Giovanni: January 18, 20 and 22; March 25, 28 and 31, 2006

The Magic Flute: January 21, 24, 27 and 30; June 12 and 16; October 1, 5, 8 and 12; November 24 and 27, 2006

The Marriage of Figaro: 23, 26 and 28 January; April 20, 23 and 26, 2006

Requiem: December 5, 2006

Contact: pressebuero@wiener-staatsoper.at

Website: www.wiener-staatsoper.at

January 20 to February 5, 2006

SALZBURG INTERNATIONAL MOZART WEEK

Excerpts from the program of the International Mozart Week 2006:

Opera: La Finta Giardiniera January 20 (premiere), 25 and 28

Orchestral concerts: Cappella Andrea Barca (Jan. 21 and 22 ); Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Jan. 21, 23, 26, 29 and 31); Vienna Philharmonic (Jan. 22, 27, 30 and Feb. 3); Camerata Salzburg (Jan. 24 and 28, Feb. 1 and 4); Mozarteum Orchestra (Jan. 25. and Feb. 2); Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Feb. 3); Haydn Philharmonie (Jan. 31);

as well as chamber concerts (with the Hagen Quartet, Schiff and friends, Beaux Arts Trio, etc.); and solo recitals (inc. Angelika Kirchschlager, Heinrich Schiff and Beni Schmid)

Contact: nellmann@mozarteum.at

Website: www.mozarteum.at

January 21 to December 26, 2006

LANDESTHEATER SALZBURG

La Finta Giardiniera (January 20, 25, 28; February 3; March 3, 14, 17, 21, 24, 29, 31; April 9, 13, 20, 22, 26; May 2, 7, 11, 19, 24)

The Magic Flute (September 23, 29; October 4, 7, 10, 12, 17, 20, 29; November 7, 15, 19, 22, 25; December 1, 7, 9, 14, 17, 22, 26)

Contact: gatterbauer@salzburgticket.com

Website: www.salzburgticket.com

January 27, 2006 to January 7, 2007

“Viva! MOZART” EXHIBITION, Salzburg

Contact: helene.zimmerebner@smca.at

Website: www.smca.at

 January 27, 2006 to January 7, 2007 daily all year (free of charge)

MOZART FILMS AT THE SALZBURG MUSEUM with weekly themes

Contact: helene.zimmerebner@smca.at

Website: www.smca.at

Daily from January 27, 2006

MOZARTHAUS VIENNA

Contact: alfred.stalzer@aon.at

Website: www.mozarthausvienna.at

February–November 2006

“THE BEST OF MOZART” CONCERT SERIES, Salzburg

Website: www.bestofmozart.info und www.salzburgticket.com

March 17 to September 17, 2006

“MOZART 2006“ EXHIBITION AT THE ALBERTINA, Vienna

Website: www.albertina.at

April–November 2006

SPECIAL EXHIBITION ON MOZART’S CHURCH MUSIC AT THE CATHEDRAL MUSEUM, Salzburg

Contact: armin.kircher@seelsorge.kirchen.net

Website: www.kirchen.net/dommuseum/

May 7 to June 18, 2006

VIENNA FESTIVAL CONCERTS

Website: www.musikverein.at

May 12 to June 18, 2006

VIENNA FESTIVAL with the opening on May 12, 2006 (Rathausplatz)

The Magic Flute (May 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 2006)

Così fan tutte (June 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 2006)

Website: www.festwochen.at

June 2–5, 2006

SALZBURG FESTIVAL – WHITSUN - BAROQUE - “APPROACHING MOZART"

Website: www.salzburgfestival.at

July 1 to September 3, 2006

MOZART FILMS ON CITY HALL SQUARE, Vienna

Contact: office@wien-event.at

Website: www.wien-event.at

 October/November–December 2006

“NEW CROWNED HOPE” FESTIVAL, Vienna

Website: www.festwochen.at

October 22 to November 11, 2006
SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL, Salzburg

Website: www.kirchen.net/dommuseum/

We are grateful to the Austrian National Tourism Office for providing this information on Mozart 2006 commemorations and activities.