"Strikingly beautiful." - The New York Times
There was another Mozart - a forgotten genius, an other Mozart. The sister of Amadeus.
The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history.
Created by Sylvia Milo, it is set in and on a sweeping 18-foot dress, and amidst the Enlightenment and a climate of great social change. Based on facts, stories, and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters, the play still resonates today.
With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design that changes to reflect the times, the sweet smell of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, The Other Mozart is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight--of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story.
Along with music composed by her famous brother and Marianna Martines (a Viennese female composer who inspired Nannerl), original music was written for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and the International Contemporary Ensemble) using clavichords, music boxes, bells, teacups, and fans.
Directed by Isaac Byrne.
"The Other Mozart is the most dynamic, theatrical, and moving one woman show I have ever seen... If you love the art of the theatre, the history of music, the conflicts of gender roles, or the power of storytelling, you simply must see this production." - Theater is Easy
At Petro Theatre on the campus of MSU Billings
This event is part of NorthxNorthwest, a 10 introduction to the arts, culture, and entertainment scene in Billings. For a calendar of events organized by Billings Cultural Partners, please visit northxnorthwest.org