Catch Daniel Szybkowski (Mozart) and Kirstel Patterson (Luisa) in Mozart & Salieri at the Artscape Opera House from August 24. Picture: Michael Groenewald
After a hugely successful première season in February this year, Mozart and Salieri returns to the Artscape Opera House by popular demand from August 24 to September 1.

The sumptuous adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s short story, choreographed by Marc Goldberg, will once again be presented by Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB), for only six performances.

The two act production drips in glamour, intrigue and innovation with groundbreaking digitized set design, exquisite costuming and powerful dancing, all set to Mozart’s celebrated compositions.

Mozart and Salieri, made famous by Sir Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, follows Mozart’s rumoured rivalry with court composer Antonio Salieri, and his tumultuous relationship with wife Constanze.

The ballet is charged with emotion, and previous reviews celebrated it as a thrilling, cutting edge spectacle, rarely seen on the South African stage. Guest artist Maxime Quiroga (Mozart), who has danced with the Stuttgart Ballet, Wiener Staatballett and the Royal Ballet of Flanders and was previously seen in CTCB’s Giselle, shares the principal role with Martin Milner while Daniel Szybkowski and Ivan Boonzaier alternate as Salieri, opposite ballerinas Laura Bosenberg and Mariette Opperman as Constanze.

Goldberg, whose previous work includes The Vortex, spent three years bringing his vision to the stage and the result is a unique modern ballet, one that has captured the attention of dance lovers and new audiences who have praised Mozart and Salieri as a breath of fresh air in its genre.

Lighting design is by Denis Hutchinson, costumes by Jenny Stretch, Henriette Lamprecht and Kathryn Maclachlan, wigs by Barry du Bruin, and animation and projection by Pieter Steyn.

* Mozart and Salieri runs August 24 to September 1 with performances at 2pm and 7.30pm and tickets costing from R120 to R280 through Computicket and 0214217695