About The Mozart Festival

For The Mozart Festival, artists and thousands of visitors have come to Salzburg, city of Mozart’s birth, to celebrate Mozart: from the United States, Venezuela, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Greece, Austria, Spain, and from around the world. It is one of the world’s most spectacular music events.

Coverage of The Mozart Festival from American Public Media is an extraordinary radio experience: artists introduce their performances in backstage clips, short location-recorded features tour the Mozarteum Foundation’s priceless collections, and most of all, Mozart’s genius is heard in world-class performances of his music. Behind-the-scenes features take listeners for a close-up look at original manuscripts and letters by Mozart, for a visit to a café frequented by the Mozart family, and a revealing look at original portraits of Mozart.

Performers include three of the great world’s great orchestras: the Vienna Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, as well as extraordinary French orchestras Le Cercle de L’Harmonie and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. Stellar performers include conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Louis Langrée, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski, Jérémie Rhorer, and Teodor Currentzis. Two world-class pianists – Maria João Pires and Pierre-Laurent Aimard – highlight the list of soloists.

Click on tabs above for complete radio program details, bonus extended interviews with the artists, biographies of the artists and experts heard on the radio programs and the radio production team, links to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and a photo journal of Salzburg during The Mozart Festival by photographer Rob Ludera.

The Mozart Festival is presented by American Public Media, produced by Houston Public Media in cooperation with ORF/Austrian Radio, and can be heard on local APM stations nationwide. Check with your local public radio station for broadcast dates and times.


Special Bonus Event: Johann Christian Bach’s Lucio Silla

This year, The Mozart Festival presents a special bonus event: a full-length concert performance of Johann Christian Bach’s operatic masterpiece, Lucio Silla. The performance of “Lucio Silla is by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg conducted by the gifted early music interpreter Ivor Bolton with an international cast of soloists.

You can follow along with the performance by downloading a full English translation of the original Italian libretto. Click on the tab, Libretto/ Lucio Silla.

Johann Christian Bach was a friend and mentor of the much younger Mozart, and one of the few composers whose work Mozart admired and studied. Bach was already a celebrity when he and the 8-year-old Mozart performed together in London. Presentation of Bach’s Lucio Silla is part of The Mozart Festival tradition, to help celebrate Mozart through presentation of some of the masterpieces of Mozart’s contemporaries.


Visiting Salzburg for The Mozart Festival/ Program Details and Tickets

Want to join the annual celebration of Mozart’s birthday in Salzburg, Austria? For detailed listings of performances and ticket information for the Mozarteum Foundation’s annual Mozart Festival Week in January – Mozartwoche click here.