The untold story of Mozart’s prodigy sister comes to life at St James Studio, London this autumn.
Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer in her own right, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history.
Now her true but untold tale is brought to the St. James Studio in Little Matchstick Factory’s The Other Mozart.
Created and performed by Sylvia Milo and directed by Isaac Byrne, this unique piece of theatre is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heart-breaking letters.
Described by the New York Times as “strikingly beautiful”, the one woman drama is set in and on a magnificent five and a half metre dress, created to fill and spill over the entire stage, designed by Magdalena Dąbrowska from the National Theatre of Poland.
Along with music composed by her famous brother, and Marianna Martines (a 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).
They use instruments that 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.
The Other Mozart is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of out-sized beauty and delight – but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story.