June 2nd - July 2nd, 2017
“Mozart 36 – What is maturity?” is the keynote for the Mozart Festival to be held in Würzburg from 2 June to 2 July 2017. The life of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, who has gone down in history as a child prodigy and musical genius, was cut short just before he turned 36, having already created an oeuvre of magnificently masterful maturity. Reason enough for the Mozart Festival to explore the concept of “maturity” in 60 concerts and events – not least the Mozart Laboratory (10 - 13 June). Our festival artists have created multi-faceted programmes specifically for Würzburg: first and last works – not only by Mozart, but also by Purcell, Mendelssohn and Schubert, who likewise typify the phenomenon of early maturity and coruscatingly creative consummation.
For almost 100 years now, the Mozart Festival has been delighting its audiences with chamber music, symphonies, vocal music, opera and entertaining classical works in Franconia’s idyllically situated wine-growing metropolis: the star-studded concerts are staged in the Imperial Hall or Court Gardens of the Würzburg Residence (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site), in the Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation of Mary or in St. Kilian’s Cathedral, in the ancient public hospital’s Vinification Hall or in the post-industrial ambience of a former printshop. This synergised symbiosis of exclusive programmes, attractive venues and internationally renowned performers constitutes the harmonised triad underpinning the success of the Mozart Festival in Würzburg.
The celebrated soprano Christiane Karg, who herself willingly acknowledges her artistic debt to Mozart, is the artiste étoile of the 2017 season. Her presence this time puts vocal music in the central focus of the Mozart Festival. The vocal spectrum extends from Mozart’s operas to his Requiem, from a-cappella Renaissance singing to pop music hits. This year’s composer’s portrait is dedicated to the present day’s Wolfgang Rihm, whose works will be showcased in five concerts.
The programme of the 2017 Mozart Festival will once again feature both debuts and renewed encounters: the world-famous conductor René Jacobs (6/7 June) will be making his first appearance at the Mozart Festival, as will the Finn Sakari Oramo (10 June), and Dominik Wollenweber, the solo cor anglais player of the Berlin Philharmonic (16 June), the harpist Xavier de Maistre (30 June), and the violinist Isabelle Faust (25 June). For the first time, too, all the “artistes étoile” of recent years will be returning to the Mozart Festival: Jörg Widmann will be hosting the German première of a new work (20 June) and for the very first time (and only in Würzburg), the violinist Renaud Capuçon, the pianist Kit Armstrong and Christiane Karg will be hosting a joint concert (28 June).