Watch Party: Amadeus

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time via Zoom

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri (played by Lucian Msamati) has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

This acclaimed production stars Lucian Msamati, a British-Tanzanian actor well known for his roles in The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Game of Thrones, Luther and Black Earth Rising, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

A National Theatre at Home presentation described by our colleagues in London.

Join host Amy Amantea in the VocalEye virtual lobby at 6:30 pm (PT) for some pre-show mingling. Introductory descriptive notes begin at 6:45 pm and the performance begins at 7 pm. Running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus a 15-minute intermission. Hang out after the show and be entered to win a $25 gift card to Moose’s Down Under where you can enjoy a real-life beer and the friendliest service in town!

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“A riveting psychodrama.”The Telegraph

“A stunning piece of theatre.”The Guardian


This New York Times article has 5-minute audio samples that promise to “Make You Love Mozart” if you don’t already.

Amadeus plot synopsis (Utah Shakespeare Festival)

Interview with Lucian Msamati

Mozart Documentary -The Genius of Mozart Miracle of Nature (YouTube)

Exploding the Salieri Myth (The Guardian)

Antonio Salieri’s Revenge (The New Yorker)

Salieri Piano Concerto C Major (YouTube)

Josette mentioned, P. D. Q. Bach, a fictional composer invented by the American musical satirist Peter Schickele, who combines parodies of musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque and Classical music, and slapstick comedy. The Abduction of Figaro is a spoof of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with a mashup of other influences.

Nipples of Venus recipe (please let us know if you make these!)
Music from the play:
  1. Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183, 1st movement
  2. Stabat Mater: Quando Corpus Morietur and Amen (Pergolesi – performed by the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, directed by Simon Preston)
  3. Early 18th Century Gypsy Music: Bubak and Hungaricus
  4. Serenade for Winds, K. 361, 3rd movement
  5. The Abduction from the Seraglio, Turkish Finale
  6. Symphony No. 29 in A, K 201, 1st movement
  7. Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, 3rd movement
  8. Mass in C minor, K. 427, Kyrie (Mozart)
  9. Symphonie Concertante, K. 364, 1st movement
  10. Piano Concerto in E flat, K. 482, 3rd movement
  11. The Marriage of Figaro, Act III, Ecco la Marcia
  12. The Marriage of Figaro, Act IV, Ah Tutti Contenti, Marriage of Figaro Finale
  13. Don Giovanni, Act II, Commendatore scene
  14. Zaide aria, Ruhe Sanft
  15. Requiem, K. 626, Introitus (orchestra introduction)
  16. Requiem: Dies Irae
  17. Requiem: Lacrimosa
  18. Requiem: Rex Tremendae Majestatis
  19. Requiem: Confutatis
  20. Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466, 2nd movement

Watch Parties are part of VocalEye’s new virtual community outreach initiative during the Covid-19 pandemic. As with any inaugural program, we depend on your participation and feedback to help us grow and improve. We’re here to make live arts events more accessible, even if they’re recorded, and to stay connected, even if we’re at a distance. Thank you for holding the space with us until we can gather together again at the theatre.