The Other Mozart
Sylvia Milo’s award-winning The Other Mozart is the true, untold story of Maria Anna (Nannerl) Mozart, the sister of Amadeus—prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer—who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history.
Described by the New York Times as “strikingly beautiful”, the one-woman drama is set in and on a magnificent 18-foot dress. The Other Mozart is based on facts, stories, and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters.
Period style movement (by Janice Orlandi) creates a world of opulence and elegance through articulate delicacy of expressive balletic gestures, reverent court bows, and fan language.
Along with music composed by her famous brother and Marianna Martines (a Viennese female composer who inspired Nannerl), the play features original music by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen—featured composers of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, BAM, and the International Contemporary Ensemble—for the instruments Nannerl knew intimately such as clavichords, music boxes, and bells, as well as teacups, fans, and other ordinary objects that might have captured her imagination.
With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell of perfume, and the clouds of dusting power rising from the stage, The Other Mozart is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight—but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story.
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Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.
Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM
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