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Capital gets a crash course in Mozart

Legendary composer Mozart’s best works come together in a concert presented by Indian and French musicians.

music Updated: Jan 03, 2012 02:12 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

This weekend, the Capital is set to get a taste of Western classical music. A music festival, which kicks off on Saturday, pays homage to 18th century Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Based on some of the best-known compositions by Mozart, the opera will be presented by a group of Indian and French musicians.

Titled Mozart-Magic in India, the concert will be presented by The Neemrana Music Foundation in association with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). It’s based on a selection of arias from Mozart’s greatest operas including The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro.

“The concert will not be an opera telling a full story. Instead, we have tried to capture as many moments as possible through excerpts from Mozart’s compositions,” says Antoine Redon, executive producer of the show. “Since opera is not that popular in India, we wanted to introduce the audience to the very best that this genre has to offer,” says Nitya Vaz, 26, a soloist who is part of the section based on The Magic Flute (1971).

With musicians from India, France and Austria, the two-day musical event will exhibit a unique global fusion — The show will bring together 40 musicians, 40 choir singers, and 12 solo singers. “For any musician interested in opera, Mozart is God and his works are the Bible,” says Ashwin Sahay, who will play Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (1970). “I will play a bird catcher and we’ll interpret several arias, duets and ensembles from Mozart’s various compositions,” says Vikrant Subramanian, another performer.

The show will also have performances by The Bombay Chamber Orchestra, The Rouen Opera House and The Neemrana Music Foundation Choir.

Passes are free and can be collected from The Neemrana Shop in Khan Market, Alliance Francaise in Lodhi Road and ICCR, Azad Bhawan.

Catch It Live
What: Mozart-Magic In India
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium
When: January 7 and 8
Timings: 7pm onwards
Entry: Free passes
Note: Orchestra Live on January 6, 3pm onwards, at Central Park, Connaught Place (Entry free)
Nearest Metro Station: AIIMS on the Yellow Line