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  • Contents  

Highly specified and practical training to support young opera singers and to provide them with the appropriate stylistic knowledge and stage experience to be able to launch a successful career.

Preparation for competitions with Mozart as a main focus.

  • Profile:

The curriculum combines scholastic knowledge and “hands-on" experience.

  • Fixed Themes: overview

Mozart’s manuscripts
Field trips to musically relevant places in Salzburg/Vienna/Munich
Baroque gestures/ performance practice on stage
Historic ballroom dance

  • Variable Themes

Coordinated each year to correspond with the opera repertoire curricula 
  • Staging Emphases in Theory and Academic Practice

Stage Performance Practice of the 18th Century
Musical Dramaturgy of the 18th Century
Present tendencies of stage direction and design
Opera productions of Mozart’s time



  • Musical Emphases in Theory and Academic Practice

Vocal and stylistic development of Bel canto in regards to the voice types of the time of Mozart
Performance practice, with emphasis on ornamentation

Knowledge and applied usage of historical sources (facsimiles, prints, stage sketches, Libretti...)
“Questioning” of the material (from original manuscript to piano score...)
Examining Mozart’s manuscripts

Exploring vocal portraits of well-known Mozart singers
Acquiring music written specifically for the most-famous performers of Mozart’s operas
Developing a musical archive of vocal exercises
Developing an archive of vocal treatises
Developing a video archive with recordings and productions (in collaboration with the Institute for Media Research)
Castrati, voice in general

Knowledge of historical dance (Figaro, Don Giovanni; dance and musical structures /arias)
Knowledge of historical gestures
Performances at the original performance venue (Aula, Heckentheater, Steintheater in Salzburg;  Krumau; Gotha etc.)



  •       Activities:

Worldwide talent search, faculty master classes, recruiting young singers to Salzburg

International networking of the Institute, also through co-productions, faculty exchanges, emphasizing the features of courses and productions

Networking associates are primarily Munich, several cities in Italy and other centres specialized in the work of Mozart (based on the role model of the Mozart cities)

Productions of contemporary operas, repertoire: the most important contemporaries of Mozart: Antonio Salieri, Domenica Cimarosa, Bach sons (especially Johann Christian), Johann Adolf Hasse, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Joseph Haydn among others.

The “early Mozart” and the baroque opera, German musical comedy, three generations of Mozart: Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus, and Wolfgang Amadeus Jr. (Franz Xaver); Mozart and Italy.
Documentation of the actual work of the Institute.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Josef Wallnig
Director of the Mozart Opera Institute at the University Mozarteum Salzburg
March 2014


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