Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Il sogno di Scipione
Venice, Teatro Malibran, 14 February 2019
Young Mozart returns to Venice, 250 years later
At the Ponte dei Barcaroli, near San Marco, one can find a plaque from 1971 that recalls the stay in Venice of the 15-year-old Mozart, two hundred years earlier. The Mozarts had arrived there for the 1771 Carnival and were guests of the Wider family who had six daughters, whom the young Mozart called his “pearls” and on which he made clear erotic allusions in his letters.
A few months later Mozart was returning to Salzburg before setting off again for Italy where he began the composition of Il sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream), a “theatrical feast” in one act …