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05 Aug 2006

A Light Mozart Opera Refitted With a Hard Edge

werk-3829.jpg(Illustration: Jan Voss)
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 5 August 2006]

SALZBURG, Austria, Aug. 4 — There are two slogans you see posted all over town now that the prestigious Salzburg Festival has started. One is “Mozart 250,” signifying, of course, the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The other, more elusive slogan is “Mozart 22,” which refers to the festival’s most staggeringly ambitious project this summer: in the space of five weeks, all 22 (by the festival’s count) of Mozart’s operatic works are being presented in staged productions, even the ones that he wrote when he was 12, including a couple of fragments. I will see just four while I’m here. First was a new production of No. 20, “Così Fan Tutte,” which opened on Thursday night.

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