"I have only to hear an opera discussed, I have only to sit in a theatre and hear the orchestra tuning their instruments - oh, I am immediately beside myself." (Mozart to his father, Oct 1777)
Mozart lived and breathed opera - it was his passion.
Cliff Eisen tells the story of this passion, from Mozart's earliest compositions (his first opera La finta semplice, composed at the age of 12) to his late masterpieces, and reveals how opera influenced his orchestral and chamber music, showing he was a dramatist in every genre.
Readings by Simon Callow.