Mozart! is an Austrian musical, originally written in German. The original book and lyrics were written by Michael Kunze and the music and arrangements were composed by Sylvester Levay. The show is a new imagining of the struggles of the famous composer.
The original production was directed by the opera director Harry Kupfer. It premiered on October 2, 1999, in the Theater an der Wien, and the final performance was on 7 May 2001. It ran for 419 performances, showing to approximately 420,000 patrons.
The production appealed especially to younger Viennese audiences. Subsequent productions have been mounted in:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German:[ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeːʊs ˈmoːtsaʁt], English see fn.; 27 January 1756– 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty.
At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.
Internationally heralded tenor Lawrence Brownlee specializes in bel canto and coloratura roles. This season he appeared in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera... Brownlee is accompanied throughout by pianist and collaborator Kevin J ... As the CD ends, so it begins, with the first of Brownlee’s commissions ... Lawrence Brownlee, tenor.
ONEONTA — Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote,” will be the next live high definition screening by the Metropolitan Opera... In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable.
Suffice it to say, Brownlee’s takes on Tamino’s “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön,” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Don Ottavio’s “Il mio tesoro” (from the same composer’s Don Giovanni), wanted nothing for nobility, character or flexibility.
WORCESTER — As a high school student in Youngstown, Ohio, two of Lawrence Brownlee's teachers told him they thought "I had a voice suited to classical music," he recalled ... At the recital, "After I finished there was a standing ovation from the audience," Brownlee said ... Brownlee will be accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.
Pete Checchia Eric Owens, left, and Lawrence Brownlee performed an unusual two-singer recital in February at the Kimmel's Perelman Theater. Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee. Charisma and individualism arrived both bold and beautifully hushed in this PCMS recital of works by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti and Gounod, as well as more popular repertoire.
Every angel, hearing Brownlee's voice of an angel, will definitely watch over Caleb all night and all day ... The wide-ranging recital began with art songs by Verdi, including Brownlee's animated delivery of "The Chimney Sweep" (although the tenor is far better known for performing Rossini and other bel canto composers), and ended with a Mozart encore.
It isn't just Mozart that improves performance among students; listening to Schubert, excerpts from a Stephen King novel or British pop band Blur produces similar effects ... Brit-poppers Blur have the same effect on the brain as Mozart ... Linda Brownlee ... Mozart piano piece.
Yet this engaging concert, featuring the distinguished pianist Nelson Freire and the splendid tenor Lawrence Brownlee and conducted by the dynamic Louis Langrée, who is celebrating his 10th season as the festival’s music director, was a demonstration of how much Mostly Mozart has been revitalized in recent years.