Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Known for its prominent Masonic elements
A sequel to "The Barber of Seville"
Often translated, "Women are like that"
Seventh most performed opera in North America
Mozart's first mature "opera seria"
The Emperor complained, "There are too many notes." Mozart replied, "There are just as many notes as there should be."
Prolific and influential composer
The famous Austrian composer, depicting Austria as a land of music.
No. 503 in the KÃ¶chel listing of Mozart's works
KÃ¶chel listing 537; generally known as the Coronation Concerto
1785; used in the film, Amadeus
Known as the Elvira Madigan concerto as it was used in the 1967 Swedish film by that name
Portrayed by F. Murray Abraham
(1790) Though its story was not offensive to sophisticated Vienna at the time of its debut, moral standards changed over time. It came to be thought of as risque, and remained so throughout the 19th and early 20th century.
(1791) The role of the Queen of the Night (with its famously acrobatic aria, "Der Holle Rache kocht meinem Herzen") was originated by Mozart's sister-in-law, Josepha Hofer.
(1787) The character of Don Giovanni is based on legendary womanizer Don Juan.
Piano Concerto #9; K. 271
(1786) This comic opera was banned at some European courts due to the scandalous behavior of its characters. Chiefly offensive to royal audiences was the depiction of an aristocrat (The Count) as morally corrupt. Also objectionable was the notion that Figaro, a mere servant, might be so much cleverer than his entitled master.