The most spectacular homage to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on his 250th birthday in 2006 was incontestably the presentation of all of his operas and operatic fragments at the Salzburg Festival “Mozart22” Recorded on film ( available from Unitel Classica ) this monumental project has been preserved for posterity as a benchmark of Mozart interpretation in the early 21st century.
The “Mozart Gala“ held at the Felsenreitschule on 30 July 2006, in the first days of the 2006 Salzburg Festival, presents a kind of microcosm of the Mozart festivities, with a selection of arias and orchestral music performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Harding and featuring some of the top vocalists of the 2006 Salzburg Festival. A sampling of exquisite hors d‘oeuvres prepared by the most outstanding musical chefs!Internationally celebrated soprano Anna Netrebko lives up to her reputation as a fiery, dramatic diva in her passionate rendition of Elettra‘s aria “D‘Oreste, d‘Aiace” from Idomeneo. Thomas Hampson, one of the greatest baritones of our time, burnishes Guglielmo‘s aria “Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo“ from Così fan tutte with his full, rich, mellow tone. Leading Mozart tenor Michael Schade appears twice, in arias from Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito
A particularly bright moment awaits listeners when René Pape gives a spirited rendition of Leporello‘s „catalogue“ aria from Don Giovanni। Sopranos Patricia Petibon and Ekaterina Siurina dazzle in arias from Mitridate and Idomeneo, whereby Siurina is joined by mezzo Magdalena Kožená in the duet of Idamante and Ilia „S‘io non moro a questi accenti“ from Idomeneo। Kožená, who was acclaimed for her passionate account of Idamante in the Salzburg Festival production of Idomeneo, also sings an aria of Sesto from La clemenza di Tito। The Vienna Philharmonic, which adds orchestral accents with the overtures to Don Giovanni and Idomeneo, concludes the program with Mozart‘s Prague Symphony K 504