So, coming back to the BOF, which was first announced and then cancelled. It started as Brussels Opera Festival but now it is presented as midSUMMER MOZARTiade… Not two opera’s anymore but one: Le nozze di Figaro, staged at the Park Theatre with young and very promising singers. So certainly something to look forward to.
Instead of the second opera we will see “A servants’ ball”, which is explained, with a letter by Mozart, as “facchinata”. Facchinata is, as Mozart himself explains in a letter to his sister (Milan, 3rd March 1770), “eine Mascherada, die facchinad, welche schön zu sehen ist, weil sich leüte anlegen als facchin, oder als hausknecht, und da ist ein barca gewesen, wo vielle drin waren, und viel sind auch zu fuße gegangen, 4 oder 6 Chör Trompeten und paucken, und auch etliche kör geigen, und andere Instrumenten” (a masqued ball, that`s wonderful to watch as people dress up as facchini or household servants, and there was a barca (boat?) with lots of people in it, and there were also lots of people on foot, 4 or 6 choirs of trumpets and timpani, and several choirs of violins and other instruments). Well, this seemed promising. But then the program mentions “Voice & piano recitals”. So not a facchinata? Then why mention the letter? On the bright side, the facchinata will be held in the Lorraine Room of the Cercle Royal Gaulois Artistique et Litteraire, “the pleasure garden of Brussels” which will give us a possibility to visit the venue.
Another happening will be “Mozart in the air”, a set of concerts in the Brussels Royal Park. There is no program to understand who or what we will hear. But the organizers still have a full year to prepare it and fill the internet with plenty of information. I am certainly looking forward to it so let’s them all wish all the best and a happy start in July 2016. For more information visit the festival’s website http://www.amadeusandco.be/en/
I cannot refrain from mentioning the little professionalism in giving indications on how to get a ticket. When calling the only available number one is instructed (in French only) to leave a message….