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Warsaw Holds Grand Annual Celebration of Mozart’s Music
Warsaw is hosting the 28th Mozart Festival until July 14. The event, organized by the Warsaw Chamber Opera (WOK), aims to stage performances of the whole corpus of Mozart's works, including pieces for the stage.

This year's highlights include the operas Cosi fan tutte (on July 6 and 7) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio – July 10,11,12). The festival features soloists working permanently at the Warsaw Chamber Opera as well as guest artists. They are accompanied by the WOK orchestra "Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense", which plays original period instruments or their replicas.

As every year, Warsaw audiences can also hear Mozart’s great symphonic works, masses, chamber pieces, the famous unfinished Requiem (July 8), and violin concertos in the interpretation of Giuliano Carmignoli (July 13). Traditionally there are also performances for children.

An hour and a half before performances start at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the audiences are treated to free concerts in Cafe Mozart, in the WOK’s foyer, where, while drinking coffee, they can listen to Mozart's arias and songs in a cosy atmosphere.

The festival venues also include some of Warsaw’s finest historic sites, including the Royal Castle, The Wilanow Palace Museum, Basilica of St. John the Baptist and the Seminary Church.

The festival will end with the final gala concert, on July 14, at the Polski Theater. Solists, including Joanna Freszel, Joanna Moskowicz and Artur Janda will sing the most beautiful arias from Mozart’s operas. The artists will be accompanied by the WOK’s orchestra, which will also play several instrumental pieces.

The Mozart Festival, a flagship project by the Warsaw Chamber Opera, was first held in 1991 to mark 200 years since the death of the great composer from Vienna. The idea for this unique event came from the Warsaw Chamber Opera’s founder and director Stefan Sutkowski and stage director Ryszard Peryt. As a result of their efforts, Warsaw is the only city in the world where all the pieces Mozart ever wrote for the stage are performed every year.

Festival performances in the WOK headquarters start at 7 p.m. every day. Tickets are available from the WOK box office.

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