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  • Experience a specially chosen selection of Mozart’s music in the glorious surroundings of Salzburg

  • Hear from celebrated international performers of Mozart, including the Vienna Philharmonic, conductors Ádám Fischer and Philippe Herreweghe, Le Concert des Nations, soprano Sonya Yoncheva and the Hagen Quartet

  • Enjoy an extraordinary performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Haus Für Mozart featuring Rolando Villazón in the title role

“Unforgettable concerts - I feel privileged to have been there”

“Another very enjoyable holiday with ACE”

– ACE customers on a previous Mozart Festival in Salzburg tour

“Many a child prodigy has been unable to fulfil the promise of [their] talented beginnings. Many a great master achieved nothing transcendental in the tender years of [their] life. Mozart… is the ultimate example of the greatest accomplishments in both phases”

 
- Rolando Villazón, Artistic Director of the Mozart Festival in Salzburg

 

Building on its remarkable legacy of performances over many festivals, the annual ‘Mozart Week’ returns in 2025 for what promises to be a melodious journey exploring the composer’s life from young prodigy to great master, as well as the pioneering composers who came before and left their mark on him. Artistic Director Rolando Villazón warmly invites audiences to ‘Destination Mozart’, to enjoy the master’s works alongside pieces by Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, as we explore how “all roads lead to Mozart”.

 

We have specially designed this tour to include a wide variety of performances, from great operatic and orchestral works to more intimate chamber concerts, which will take you on the “unique journey from the composers of the Renaissance up to Mozart”.

 

We commence with what promises to be an outstanding concert, with Ádám Fischer leading the Vienna Philharmonic and star pianist Igor Levit in performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat and Symphony No 38 – the ‘Prague Symphony’ – which premiered on Mozart’s first visit to Prague in 1787.

 

Our stay in Salzburg continues in fine style with a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo starring Villazón in the title role; a milestone in music history, it was the first opera performed north of the Alps, and is the earliest opera still performed today. The great Spanish conductor Jordi Savall later takes to the podium with Le Concert des Nations in a performance of Mozart’s unfinished Mass in C minor. This new version by Savall and Guglielmi will be heard for the first time during Mozart Week.

 

We will then enjoy some more intimate music with a recital by the celebrated Hagen Quartet featuring pieces by Bach, Haydn and Mozart. Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue’ is an incomplete work with unspecified instrumentation, while String Quartet No 14 in G was the first that Mozart dedicated to Haydn. As a specialist in the Baroque with a particular focus on Bach, it is no surprise that Philippe Hereweghe will be leading a programme of the composer’s bewitching church cantatas in the evocative surroundings of the Grosser Saal, regarded as Salzburg’s most beautiful venue.

 

At the Grosses Festspielhaus we will once again be captivated by the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Guggeis and accompanied by award-winning soprano Sonya Yoncheva. In 2020, whilst in his early 30s, Guggeis caused an international stir as the youngest conductor to date to be awarded the prestigious title of Staatskapellmeister. The celebrated Bulgarian soprano Yoncheva, a regular performer at opera houses across the globe, is sure to delight alongside Guggeis as together they bring us works by Bach, Handel and Mozart.

 

Uncovering Salzburg’s musical heritage, we will explore Mozart’s birthplace and his early home, the Wohnhaus, and enjoy a unique private tour of original manuscripts, guided by an archivist of the Mozarteum. Our tour also includes an excursion to visit the Kaiservilla, summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and walking tours of Salzburg and the Linzer Gasse, for scenes from The Sound of Music.

 

We will stay at the four-star superior Hotel Imlauer Pitter Salzburg, a pleasant and comfortable establishment ideally placed for exploring the main sites on our tour. The hotel is home to the superb Sky Bar & Restaurant, where we will enjoy some of our dinners.

 

Tour Director Professor Ashley Solomon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, and Director of early music ensemble Florilegium. As a flautist and recorder player with Florilegium, he has recorded 35 CDs on the Dutch Channel Classics label, many of which have garnered international awards. Florilegium have performed over 1300 concerts worldwide, including many at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Days
7
Cost
£4295
Tour Code
MOZS-25


Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, performances as described, six breakfasts, six dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.


Not Included: travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £495.

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