It is at precisely that place in Vienna where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent the final years of his life and composed both The Magic Flute and his Requiem that the audio-visual and multimedia “Mozart Experience” will be opening in 2022. This presentation is set to offer the public 1,500 square metres’ worth of immersion in Mozart’s world. Visitors will experience Mozart’s music, life, and activities staged acoustically, spatially, and employing various media.1

The mdw, as this project’s exclusive artistic partner, has been charged with the realisation (including production) of the featured music in close collaboration with the project’s music director Walter Werzowa and its artistic director Christopher Widauer. This means that mdw students will be recording all of the music that visitors will hear there, making an important contribution to the presentation’s interactive sound and video technology components that will guarantee an experience for all the senses. “This is a marvellous opportunity to reinforce the global presence and perception of the achievements of mdw students and the University at large over the long term, and taking part in such an innovative project will be a fantastic challenge for our students,” says Johannes Meissl, the mdw’s Vice Rector for International Affairs and Art.

The requested music will first be rehearsed and performed in concert as part of mdw coursework. Rehearsal of the orchestral works will take place under the artistic direction of Stefan Gottfried (Department of Early Music), while Alois Glaßner (Department of Conducting) will be responsible for the Requiem. Following concerts at the Jesuit Church and at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, the professional-quality audio recording sessions for the Mozart Experience “soundtrack” will take place at Synchron Stage Vienna (located on the grounds of the old Rosenhügel Studios), while production will be supervised by the mdw’s own AV Centre as well as its Tonmeisters.

“We’re very much looking forward to collaborating with one of the world’s most important universities of music, and we’re convinced that our work together will set international standards in all kinds of ways,” concludes Mozart Experience project head Hans Gasser.

  1. The space between Kärntner Straße and Rauhensteingasse is now occupied by the Steffl Department Store. It was precisely there, at Rauhensteingasse 6–8, that the “Kleines Kayserhaus”—Mozart’s final place of residence and the building in which he passed away on 5 December 1791—stood until 1847.
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