Mozart: Opera Arias

ABC Classics
Jul 19, 2017 · 3 min read

Mozart’s operas represent a roll-call of favourite characters and timeless music, blending the comic with the serious, and the historical with the contemporary.

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When?

In 1787, Mozart completed his opera Don Giovani — as well as the serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik, which he wrote while he was working on Act 2 of the opera. Meanwhile:

  • William Herschel discovers the first two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon — six years after discovering the planet itself. His sister Caroline Herschel becomes the first woman to receive a salary as a scientist, when she is granted an annual pension of £50 by King George III for her work as William’s assistant; she herself will go on to discover a total of eight comets.

Fast Facts

  • Mozart lived for only 35 years, but he composed over 600 pieces of music, including 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 23 string quartets, more than 30 violin sonatas and 17 mass settings. He also wrote more than 20 works for the stage, from simple one-act pastoral scenes written before he even reached his teens, to fully-fledged operas for the great theatres of Venice and Prague.

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