Mozart Opera Institute Fellowship Program
FROM “A“ AS IN APOLLO TO “Z“ AS IN ZAUBERFLÖTE
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,
Schwarzstraße 26, 5020
UP-COMING PROJECTS OF THE MOZART OPERA INSTITUTE 2015/16
Mozart: "ach wenn wir nur clarinetti hätten" (“ah, if we only had clarinets”) (1778)
17. - 24.4. 2016 Frohnburg
Mozart Meets Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini