Inside the magnificent Stephansdom where the midnight concert took place.

3-6 December 2018

MOZART AT MIDNIGHT

Vienna, Austria

Mozart’s Requiem dates from the very end of his life, after he had made his family home in Vienna.  His premature death at the age of 35 meant he never completed this commission, and it was finally finished by Mozart’s pupil, Sussmayr. The recorded time of Mozart’s death is a few minutes after 1am on 5 December 1791, and our performance of the Requiem in the magnificent Stephansdom in Vienna began at midnight on 4th December – with the final notes resounding at the very moment that Mozart died in 1791. If this wasn’t spine-tingling enough for both the singers and a packed audience, it was also extraordinarily moving to perform Mozart’s music just yards from the spot where he married Constanze, and where two of his sons were baptised.

Conductor Gerald Wirth, Artistic Director of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir brought his own very personal and inspirational interpretation to the Requiem, and the wonderful team of soloists, all familiar faces to TRBC regulars, were soprano Robyn Allegra Parton, and mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons, with tenor Guy Elliott and baritone Henry Neill.

Our musical pilgrimage to Vienna continued with a private guided tour of the Vienna Boys’ Choir School the next day, with time to do some Christmas shopping in the world-famous Vienna Christmas Markets before returning home. There’s a gallery of photos from the trip here.

Comments from singers:

‘What a great privilege to join this excellent group of singers in such a magical setting.  Chance of a lifetime come true!’ (Sue W.)

‘Mozart at Midnight was a truly special event.  It was a privilege to be able to participate in it.’  (John H.)

‘Something I will never forget – the Cathedral filled to overflowing at 12 midnight, but most of all, the complete silence at the end.’  (Iva B.)

‘…unforgettable and probably unrepeatable.  It was thrilling to have been part of it, thank you so much.’  (Brenda A.)

Footnote: at the time of our visit, many people commented on the main cathedral organ, shrouded in scaffolding up in its west gallery. It is now returned to full playing condition, with the addition of a state-of-the-art movable console on the floor of the cathedral.

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