One of the greats of classical music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart astounded audiences with his breathtaking talent since he began to compose music at the age of 5. His most prominent operas were beloved for not only their beautiful music, but also for their humor and highly entertaining plots and characters.
* The Magic Flute: Intertwining music of awesome purity and beauty with the conventions of musical comedy, this delightful fairy tale continues to delight music lover's generation after generation. This production from Sweden's Drottningholm Court Theatre, one of the few surviving 18th century theaters, is conducted by the famed Arnold Ostman and performed on authentic period instruments.
* Le Nozze di Figaro: First performed to resounding success in 1786, this scandalous tale of a humble barber challenging the royal court remains one of the most popular and frequently performed works in operatic repertoire. Under the guidance of Arnold Ostman, the elegant surroundings of the Drottningholm Court Theatre and the intimate size of the stage recreate the atmosphere of opera in Mozart's time.
* Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail: Mozart caused a sensation in Vienna with this light-hearted comic opera about two noble ladies sold by pirates to a Turkish pasha. A sensual and resoundingly contemporary experience from the world-famous Salzburg Festival, this inventive interpretation casts new light on a classic musical work, with Marc Minkowski conducting.
* La Clemenza di Tito: This masterpiece is based on incidents in the life of the Roman emperor Titus. The elegant staging for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera sets the scene for this compelling story of passion that overrides loyalty and integrity that is tested to its limit. With Philip Landridge, Antony Davis conducting.