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Mozart Opera Institute Fellowship Program


Since the Mozart Opera Institute (MOI) was founded in 2003, we have entertained audiences throughout Europe with productions such as “Le nozze di Figaro” (in cooperation with the St. Petersburg Conservatory), “Così fan tutte” (in cooperation with the Moscow Conservatory), "Entführung aus dem Serail" (in cooperation with the Sibiu Symphony Orchestra) and Idomeneo.

In 2006 we were honoured to take part in the Salzburg Summer Festival with the operas “Apollo et Hyacinthus” and “Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebotes”, both written by Mozart when he was just 11 years old.

W.A.Mozart : “Le nozze di Figaro“ (Photo: Christian Schneider)

Our touring productions such as Mozart’s Singspiels "Bastien und Bastienne" and "Der Schauspieldirektor" were performed repeatedly in the German-speaking part of Europe. 2009 brought us to Peking with “Don Giovanni” for a cooperation with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In October, 2013 we were again invited to the Far East through an invitation to partake in the Macao’s 27th International Music Festival with “Bastien und Bastienne”.

“La clemenza di Tito” was a particularly fascinating collaboration with the School of Music in Fiesole, Italy and had the honour to fall under the auspices of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Four performances took place in Salzburg in March, 2014 with subsequent performances in July in Fiesole at the Roman Theatre (built in the first century B.C.) and in Florence at the Teatro Comunale.

Michael Haydn: “Der Traum” (Photo: Christian Schneider)

The Mozart Opera Institute not only strives to offer a better overall understanding of Mozart but also prides itself in depicting works in authentic performance practice and styles. One of our finest examples was the performance of Chr. W. Gluck’s festa teatrale "Il Parnaso confuso" done in July of 2011. This performance not only featured staging true to the historical performances of Gluck’s time but was also performed where this piece had been premiered: in the Ceremonial Hall in Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. An additional performance took place in the Imperial Hof Palace. Other highlights were Caldara’s “Il giuoco del quadriglio“ performed as part of the Mozarteum’s “Baroque Night” in June, 2013 and Gluck’s “La Corona” in October, 2014 in honour of his 300th anniversary year.

W.A. Mozart“Apollo et Hyacinthus” (Photo : Brabara Aumüller)

The revival of Johann Michael Haydn’s Pantomime “Der Traum“ led to an exceptionally joyful MOI collaboration with the students of both the Ursuline Convent School and those of the Orff Institute. This co-production provided a glimpse into the wonderful world of the music of Salzburg that could be heard during the times of Mozart’s own childhood.

W.A. Mozart : “Bastien und Bastienne” (Photo Thilo Ulrich)

The following courses are offered and are open to all students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and postgraduate studies in Voice, Opera, and Lied/Oratorio:

•    Fundamentals of Vocal Performance Practice (“Mozart singen“): Seminar
•    Mozart and Salzburg (Excursions)
•    Mozart and Dance: Lectures and applied exercises
•    Fundamentals in Historical Gesture, Dance and Stage Movement: Lectures and applied exercises

Auditions are required in order to take part in the musical work, the scene work, preparation of arias and ensembles, etc.

Location of the teaching and performance venues:
•    Frohnburg, Hellbrunner Allee 53
•    Mozarteum Schwarzstraße 26
•    Mozarteum Mirabellplatz 1
•    Constanzeum, Alter Markt 5

MOI offers:

•    A deeper understanding of the stylistic competence in regards to the vocal literature of the 18th century.
•    Preparation and development of Fach-relevent roles in Mozart’s operas.
•    Public performances in the form of concerts and operas (when applicable) of MOI in Austria and abroad.
•    Opportunities to audition for European musical agents.
•    Participation in lectures, seminars, and symposiums dedicated to Mozart’s operas in collaboration with the Early Music Institute, the Music History Institute, Departments of Voice and Music Theatre, and the Mozarteum Foundation.
•    “Privatissima” in the apartment on “Alter Markt” where Constanze Nissen-Mozart once lived.
•    Theatre and dance at the time of Mozart: historical fundamentals of dramatic arts as performed in the 18th century (movement, gestures, mimicry).
•    The World of Mozart: Guided tours to the places in Salzburg where Mozart’s music was performed as well as a proposed trip to Vienna where Mozart spent his last years.
•    Library privileges for use of the Mozarteum Library as well as the library of the Mozart Foundation. The Foundation has the largest library dedicated to Mozart’s life and works.
•    Cooperation with the Don Juan Archive in Vienna (excursion) and the Hollitzer Academic Publishing Company
•    Innumerable concerts and opera performances to attend.

Please send your application to the following address:
Prof. Dr. Josef Wallnig,
Universität Mozarteum,
Schwarzstraße 26, 5020
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Mozart: "ach wenn wir nur clarinetti hätten" (“ah, if we only had clarinets”) (1778)
Wiener Saal, 12. October 2015, 20.00

Selections from 12 Kegelduos KV 487 (2 Clarinets)
Le nozze di Figaro/Susanna, 1789; KV 577 Deh vieni—al desio (with clarinet)
La clemenza di Tito/Vitellia:  Non più di fiori (with bassett horn)
La clemenza di Tito/Sesto: Parto (with clarinets)

”Jacquinsche Notturni" KV 436, 437, 438, 549
Kegelstatt Trio KV 498 (clarinet, viola, piano)
With guest Dario Zingales

Mozart meets Joseph Schuster
Soprano Marathon
Wiener Saal, Tuesday, 17.11.2015, 20.00

A collaboration with the Joseph Schuster Gesellschaft in Munich
Metastastio‘s “Demofoonte” (1733) libretto in juxtaposition with Mozart’s Concert Arias KV 77, 83, 84, and 368 with the corresponding compositions of Joseph Schuster (court music director in Dresden and a leading composer at the time of Mozart). Examples from Schuster’s opera seria "Demofoonte" (1776)

Mozart meets Folks Music
Johann Ernst Eberlin „Das misslungene Doktorat“ („The Unsuccessful Doctorate”): canons by Mozart, Salieri, Caldara as well as various folk song canons, folks dances und historical dances
Solitär, Tuesday, 15.12.2015, 19.30-22.00
Together with Mag. Anton Gmachl, Instrumental and Vocal Education, Folks music

Salzburg meets Venice

17. - 24.4. 2016 Frohnburg
A cooperation with the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello, Venice
„Belcanto“ Workshop with Prof. Stefano Gibellato for MOI Students
Mozart“ Workshop with Prof. Josef Wallnig Conservatorios Benedetto Marcello Students

Mozart Meets Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini
Co-singing with MOI Students
Friday, 22.4.2016, 19.30, Solitär

Venetian Games
Francesco Mancini: Colombina e Pernicone (1723); Intermezzi about gambling in Venice
A performance of the Conservatorios Benedetto Marcello voice students
Frohnburg, Konzertsaal, Wednesday, 20.4.2016, 19.00
Together with the Institute for Game Research
Venetian lottery game for all those who attend!

Mozart meets Conrad Hagger, the Cook of the Archbishops
Summer fête in the Frohnburg, Saturday 18.6.2016

In cooperation with the Höheren Bundeslehranstalt für wirtschaftliche Berufe, HLW Neumarkt/Wallersee
Works by Caldara, Biber, Händel and Mozart

18th century dishes exclusively prepared and served by students of the HLW Neumarkt.  Attention: Limited capacity for 80 guests (primarily reserved for sponsors and friends of MOI)

W. A. Mozart Singspiel „Bastien und Bastienne“ KV 50
Hedge Theatre („Heckentheater“) at the Mirabell Gardens (in case of inclement weather: Großes Studio in the University Mozarteum)

23./25./27./28. June 2016 at 20:00

The highly-acclaimed staging of Eike Gramss, originally performed in October 2013 in Macao, can be enjoyed in the wonderful ambience of the Hedge Theatre!

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