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Mozart and Mannheim

Season 2021/2022 Nationaltheater Mannheim

Legend: Magic Flute copyright National Theatre Mannheim
Mozart was in Mannheim four times, especially because of the famous orchestra. Here he wrote numerous works and experienced his first love with Aloysia Weber, the sister of his later wife Constanze.

W.A. Mozart first traveled to Mannheim in July 1763 together with his parents and his sister Nannerl. A caesura in the life of the young artist was, of course, his five-month stay in the years 1777 and 1778, when he came to Mannheim accompanied only by his mother. This was the beginning of his emancipation from his father, and it was here that he made human experiences that affected the rest of his life. For a time he also found his private happiness: although he first fell in love with the young singer Aloysia Weber, he also met her sister Constanze here, whom he later married.

In March 1778, Mozart and his mother went to Paris, from where the composer returned alone to Mannheim in the late fall of 1778, since his mother had died unexpectedly in the meantime. The city gave him comfort: " a word, as I love Mannheim, so Mannheim loves me," he wrote to his father. In the fall of 1790, Mozart and his brother-in-law Franz de Paula Hofer roamed the square city for the last time. It is assumed that on this occasion, on October 24, he also conducted the Mannheim premiere of his opera "The Marriage of Figaro" himself.

Every year, the Mannheim National Theater maintains the Mozart tradition by performing Mozart operas in its repertoire. In 2021/22, these are the operas "The Magic Flute" and "The Abduction from the Seraglio". Così fan tutte will be performed at the Rococo Theater in Schwetzingen as part of the Mannheim Summer Festival.


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