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Free Folger Friday: Mozart vs. Salieri

WETA SPECIAL EVENT

Classical WETA’s James Jacobs explores the history of the “Mozart vs. Salieri” myth, providing historical context for the action of Peter Shaffer’s play. 

How does mediocrity stack up to genius? Did Salieri really poison Mozart? While these composers did and wrote much to create this historical fantasy, they were helped along by two centuries of pop culture; their rivalry depicted in opera, film, and literary adaptations. Despite all of this, a recently-unearthed cantata believed to be co-written by Mozart and Salieri hints at a professional understanding that may have existed after all. 

Tickets are free but reservations are requested.

After this Free Folger Friday, join us for the 8pm performance of Amadeus. Purchase tickets online or call the Box Office at 202.544.7077.

Event Venue

Folger Theatre

201 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

For more information:

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
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