Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus

John Dew (stage director), Josef Wallnig (conductor) — With Christiane Karg (Melia), Jekaterina Tretjakova (Hyacinthus) and Astrid Monika Hofer (Zephyrus)

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John Dew — Stage director

Heinz Balthes — Scenography

José-Manuel Vázquez — Costume designer

Michael Veits — Set designer

Maximilian Kiener — Tenor (Oebalus)

Christiane Karg — Soprano (Melia)

Jekaterina Tretjakova — Soprano (Hyacinthus)

Astrid Monika Hofer — Mezzo-soprano (Zephyrus)

Norbert Steidl — Bass-baritone (Priest)

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

Josef Wallnig — Conductor

Program notes

Discover Apollo et Hyacinthus, Mozart’s first opera, composed when he was only 11 years old! The plot contains several themes that recur in Mozart's later operas: disguise, transformation, self-discovery… Zephyr, in love with Melia, decides to accuse Apollo of murdering Hyacinth because the god was about to marry his beloved. However, Hyacinth reveals the truth before dying: it was Zephyr who killed him by throwing a disc. Apollo saves his friend by transforming him into a flower and marries Melia, as was planned.

John Dew staged the opera at the 2006 Salzburg Festival. He chose prestigious soloists: Christiane Karg as Melia, Jekaterina Tretjakova as Hyacinthe, and Astrid Monika Hofer as Zephir. The costumes by José-Manuel Vázquez and décor by Michael Veits immerse us in a fantastical, mythological universe, while the Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra—conducted by maestro Josef Wallnig—performs the Mozart score to perfection in the Great Hall of the University of Salzburg!

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