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Amadeus
April 29 - May 20, 2007
By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Alexandre Marine

Presented by BMO Bank of Montreal


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“I have heard God’s voice through the mouth of an obscene child” (Salieri on Mozart)

Set amidst the opulence and splendour of 18th century Vienna, Peter Shaffer's thrilling and wickedly funny play, pits blistering human ambition against divine genius. Antonio Salieri, court composer for the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, is the most renowned musician of his age… until the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives.
This epic production is sure to be one of the highlights of the theatrical season!

Did Salieri Kill Mozart?

Rumours have persisted that Salieri became so obsessed with Mozart's superior artistry that on his death bed he babbled incoherently that he had murdered him more than thirty years earlier. Recently, an examination of the evidence, notably from accounts by Mozart’s wife, Constanze, point towards the fact that he died of rheumatic fever at age 35. "Poor Salieri," one participating doctor in the research was quoted as saying, he has only been remembered "for a crime it turns out he did not commit".

Behind the Curtain

The original, award-winning stage play was produced in 1979 in London by the National Theatre. On Broadway it won the 1981 Tony Award for best play and ran for more than 1,000 performances. The film adaptation, directed by Milos Forman, won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1984.

Did You Know?

The Russian writer Alexander Pushkin wrote the short play Mozart and Salieri in 1830, five years after Salieri's death. This became the basis of Nikolay Rimski-Korsakov's 1898 opera and the inspiration for Shaffer’s Amadeus.


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