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Institute for historical and
Mozart Opera Interpretation




The Mozart Opera Institute is designed to provide singers with a solid foundation of musical and staging performance practices and interpretational skills, teaming up with the Mozart Foundation to provide access to theoretical preparation and period documentation.

The goal of the Mozart Opera Institute (MOI) is to be involved in many facets of the cultural events Salzburg, not exclusively through the elaborate and costly presentation of complete Mozart operas, but also in the “smaller forms”. MOI is an institution dedicated to assisting all who want to intensively and actively explore the operas of Mozart.




Full-time Postgraduates and candidates in the Master Program in the Department of Music Theatre are welcomed to participate in MOI. All courses are taught in German though English instruction is possible.




Students study with renowned faculty and are offered private lessons, studio/workshop classes, lecture classes, master classes, and seminars under the guidance of professional directors, conductors, designers, and historians.



MOI works together with the University Mozarteum Salzburg, the Early Music Institute, the Music History Institute, and the Departments of Voice and Music Theatre as well as the departments of Stage Design, Conducting, Orchestra, Choir, and Instrumental Studies.

Additionally, participants have access to the following:

International Mozarteum Foundation (library, incl. audio and video library)
Salzburg Festival (Master classes of participating festival artists, planned student assistantships)
Bavarian State Opera House in Munich (Master classes, planned student assistantships)
Institute for Musicology Paris-Lodron University Salzburg
Institute for Dramaturgy Vienna University (library)
Institute for Music Theater Thurnau (archive)

In Salzburg and in conjunction with the nearby cities of Vienna, Munich, and Prague one has the opportunity to experience Mozart and his operas in the very surroundings in which they were conceived and performed. Furthermore, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts* has granted members of MOI access to an important platform dedicated to artistic and scholastic exchanges, discussions and resources concerning the interpretation of Mozart.

MOI is the eighth institute from all of Europe to be recognized by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The performances of „Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots" („The Obligation of the First Commandment“) and „Apollo et Hyacinthus" at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 were received with international accolade. Other highlights sponsored by MOI were a tour of „Così fan tutte” and “Figaro’s Bachelor Party” marking the evening before of the first performance of „Le nozze di Figaro” as well as an array of concerts and classes juxtaposing the historical roots of Mozart interpretation with the present-day approaches. A lecture series entitled “From A as in Apollo to Z as in Zauberflöte” was begun in the Fall of 2006 with top lecturers from various areas of opera production.

MOI would like to thank the Lions Club of Salzburg and surrounding area financial institutions for their generous support.

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


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