Mozart,Wolfgang Amadeus

(1756-1791)

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 in Salzburg, in Austria. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood, he composed three little pieces from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At the age of 11, he had composed his first opera Apollo et Hyacinthus, a Latin opera seria.

 

In 1791, Emanuel Schikaneder, a German impresario (an arts manager), wrote the libretto of The Magic Flute and requested Mozart to produce the opera. The Magic Flute was premiered with great success at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, frequently selling out and staged over a hundred performances during its few months of production, and this is the last opera from Mozart. His masterpieces also included The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Così Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni.