“Villainy and genius can never be compatible?“
The opera follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned his rival and fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) used the short story Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin as libretto, which also inspired Peter Shaffer’s famous stage play and film Amadeus.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed two-hander is a character study, it is a close-up of Salieri and his tormented mind. He’s not just the villain in this story, we see a generous man committed to the art who praises Mozart’s work, but is torn between admiration for his fellow composer and his own jealousy.
In a new English translation and staged by an award-winning team, this original and innovative production will captivate its audience, making us witnesses, if not conspirators, of Salieri’s plan to poison Mozart.
Sung in English and accompanied by piano.
Age suitability: 12+
Presented by Time Zone Theatre
The second half of the evening will show famous Mozart arias and duets with well-known numbers from Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and other Mozart operas.
“Crime-thriller tension“ (A Younger Theatre)
★★★★★ “Engaging singers and clever staging" (Fringe Opera)
★★★★ “A magnificent piece of entertaining that keeps the audience enthralled all the way to its very last note.“ (London Theatre One)