Divertimento Mortale (Mozart és Salieri)
The conflict between Mozart and Salieri may be the invention of posterity. From Pushkin to Peter Shaffer, many have tried to pit one against the other. Soon they became inseparable, like Cain and Abel. And just as in the story of Cain – which has been haunting our imagination for several millennia – Abel merely appears as the victim, similarly, Salieri’s tragedy is far more complex and human than the ultimately lethal ordeal of the self-destructive genius.
Beyond the eternal conflict of the genius and the mediocre, the seeds of several other archetypal dramatic conflicts are lurking within their story. Their fates are parallel descents to hell: there is the artist possessing God’s mercy and the one without it.
Cooproduction of the National Theatre Miskolc, the National Dance Theatre and the Budapest Autumn Festival
Presented on the "Bartók+Mozart 2003" Miskolc International Operafestival