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Posted on 04 February 2013

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New Mozart Music Uncovered


Two new compositions by a young WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART have been uncovered in Salzburg, Austria.

The previously unknown pieces were found among the collection at the International Mozarteum Foundation.

In a statement announcing the discovery on Thursday (23Jun09), officials for the Foundation say, "The Department of Research at the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has identified two works, which have long been in the possession of the Foundation, as compositions of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart."

The rare finds will be presented to the media for the first time on 2 August (09) when they will be performed by classical musician Florian Birsak at the Mozart family's old home in Salzburg.

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Mozart Sister Treated To Biopic


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART's musician sister is the subject of a forthcoming biopic - 25 years after her more famous sibling was immortalised on the big screen.Nannerl - the nickname of Maria Anna Mozart - will tell the true tale of a talented 18th century violinist, and friend of the future French king Louis XVI, who was forced to give up music by her controlling father.

The movie will have a budget of $4.5 million (£3 million) and will begin shooting in October (09), directed by Rene Feret.

Mozart himself was portrayed on the big screen in 1984's Amadeus by actor Tom Hulce.

Huge Security Operation For Berlin Opera


LATEST: Opera fans wishing to see the controversial Berlin production of IDOMENEO are facing tight airport-style security tonight (18DEC06) over fears of a Muslim backlash.
The WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART classic was cancelled earlier this year (SEP06) after religious extremists voiced opposition to scenes featuring the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad.
However, the production was reinstated following assurances from police that actors and the audience would be fully protected.
Tonight's performance will see security at an all-time high as German Interior Minister WOLFGANG SCHAEUBLE is scheduled to take a seat in the box.
Fans will now be electronically scanned before entering the venue and security officers will be positioned around the opera house.
Police spokesman BERHARD SCHODROWSKI says, "We're ready for any eventuality."

Conductor Varviso Dies


Swiss opera conductor SILVIO VARVISO died in hospital in Antwerp, Belgium yesterday (01NOV06) following a brief illness. He was 82.
Born in 1924 in Switzerland, Varviso studied music under famous Austrian conductor CLEMENS KRAUSS, making his debut performance conducting WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART's THE MAGIC FLUTE at the age of just 20.
Varviso's made his final appearance in September (06), conducting PUCCINI's TOSCA.

Controversial Mozart Opera Will Be Staged


LATEST: A Berlin opera company's production of a WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART opera will go ahead after performances received a new security assessment from the police.
IDOMENEO features the severed heads of the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha in one scene, and was axed by the Deutsche Oper last month (SEP06) over fears it would provoke a Muslim backlash and incite violence. Islam considers any image of the prophet to be blasphemous.
However, the Deutsche Oper has decided to stage the production after police advised its staff faced "no concrete danger" if performances went ahead, and promised to review security measures before each performance.
A statement from the opera company said it "had begun without delay the relevant preparations for reviving the opera".

Forman Blasts 'Laughable' Mozart Opera Cancellation


LATEST: Czech movie director Milos Forman is the latest figure to blast the Berlin opera company which last week (27SEP06) scrapped a WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART production over fears it would incite violence.
IDOMENEO features the severed heads of the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha in one scene, and was axed by the Deutsche Oper over fears of a Muslim backlash. Islam considers any image of the prophet to be blasphemous.
However the AMADEUS film maker insists the decision is pathetic.
He says, "It's more than laughable, it's dangerous. The staging does not call for violence: it does not say, 'Go into the street and kill Muslims.'
"If we start being afraid of extremists, we will soon all be wearing MAO TSE-TUNG uniforms. Do we want 100 per cent security? If so, there is one country where the inhabitants are totally protected from strangers and that's North Korea."
The head of the Deutsche Oper, KIRSTEN HARMS, claims the production was cancelled on the advice of the police.

Branagh To Unleash Opera Movie In Venice

Kenneth Branagh WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Stephen Fry

Director Kenneth Branagh is set to startle audiences at the Venice Film Festival in Italy next week (07SEP06), when he unveils his new movie adaptation of famous opera THE MAGIC FLUTE.
Branagh admits he initially found making the film, based on the opera by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART, hard-going as he preferred pop music.
But, with the help of screenwriter Stephen Fry, Branagh soon fell in love with opera.
He says, "I've never tried opera. I was raised on pop music. It's a whole new medium for me. Stephen, of course, is an opera buff and was a natural choice.
"I come from a words tradition. But after two-and-a-half years making the film, my enthusiasm has never waned."

Photograph Of Mozart's Widow Discovered


A print of the only photograph taken of legendary composer WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART's widow has been discovered in the archives of a German town.
The long-lost image of CONSTANZE WEBER was taken in 1840 at the home of the composer MAX KELLER when she was 78 years old.
And the state archive in Altoettingen is adamant it was the only time she posed for a photo.
Weber was 29 years old when Mozart passed away in 1791. She went on to wed Danish diplomat GEORG NISSEN and died in 1842.

Gardner Appointed Eno Head


British conductor EDWARD GARDNER has been appointed the new music director of the English National Opera (ENO). Gardner steps into the post which has been vacant since December (05) after ENO changed its mind over hiring Italian-Russian conductor Oleg Caetani for the role. Gardner made his ENO debut last year (05) performing WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART's COSI FAN TUTTE. He enthuses, "Alongside all the members of the company, I am committed to dedicating myself to the future artistic growth of ENO and to investing the time and presence required to shape its new future."

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