Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Mozart Opera in Iceland

The first Mozart Opera staged in Iceland was the Royal Swedish Opera's guest performance of Figaro's Wedding in 1950. The occasion was the opening of the National Theatre that year. The show aroused wide acclaim and contributed to the awakening of public interest in opera, an interest the National Theatre sought to satisfy in the coming years.

The National Theatre's first Mozart Opera was the Magic Flute in 1956. The year before a small theatre company had staged one of the composer's minor operas, Bastien and Bastienne, which he composed at an early age. This marked the first stage performance with Icelandic artists in every role. In 1969 the National Theatre presented Figaro's Wedding in a widely criticized show, mainly for the controversial casting of the theatre's director's wife in the countesse's role.

The Icelandic Opera has staged all of Mozart's main operas. The first was the Magic Flute in 1982, which has been performed twice since, in 1991 and 2001. Figaro's Wedding has been put on twice, in 1989 and 2004. Don Giovanni was shown in 1988 and Cosi fan tutte in 1997. The East Iceland Opera Studio, in operation between 1998 and 2003, performed four of Mozart's operas and one of them, Don Giovanni, was staged as a guest performance in Reykjavik City Theatre.

The exhibited items are on loan from the Icelandic Theatre Museum, the Icelandic Opera, The National Theatre and various musically involved individuals.

From the exhibition

     

Costumes from Fígaro and Don Giovanni

From the exhibition

From the exhibition

Una Collins. Design for Don Giovanni

Una Collins. Design for The Magic Flute

Una Collins. Costume design

Una Collins. Costume design

Lothar Grund. Set design The Magic Flute 1956

Lothar Grund. Set design The Magic Flute 1956

Lothar Grund. Set design The Magic Flute 1956

Lothar Grund. Set design The Magic Flute 1956

Lothar Grund. Set design The Magic Flute 1956

Lothar Grund. Set design The Magic Flute 1956