Roberto González-Monjas Conducts the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg at Mozartwoche 2024

18 Jan 2024

Roberto González-Monjas will conduct the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg in the opening concert for Mozartwoche 2024 at the Mozarteum Schwarzstraße, Austria on Wednesday 24 January. The programme opens with Mozart’s Symphony in E flat major KV 16, Concert aria “Va, dal furor portata” KV 21 (19c) with tenor Rolando Villazón, and Tito’s aria “Se all’impero, amici Dei” from La clemenza di Tito KV 621. Salieri’s Symphony “Il giorno onomastico” follows, and the evening concludes with Mozart’s Symphony C major KV 551 “Jupiter”. More information and tickets are available here.

Speaking about the programme, Roberto said, “During my studies in Salzburg, the Mozartwoche was always an enormous source of inspiration: I treasure countless memories of artists I admired paying tribute to Mozart’s music and keeping it alive with their informed, devoted interpretations. I am humbled to debut in this unique festival with Mozart’s first and last symphonies – a juxtaposition that doesn’t only lend perspective on Mozart’s extraordinary compositional journey, but also shows us vital biographic aspects such as his father’s mentorship, the influence of his journey to London, and his complete emancipation from the expectations of Viennese concertgoers. I’m thrilled to share the stage with my new ‘partner in crime’, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, as well as the one and only Rolando Villazón, who will sing Mozart’s first and last aria for tenor and orchestra.”

Highly sought-after as a conductor and violinist, Roberto González-Monjas is rapidly making a mark on the international scene. He is Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland, Music Director of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in Spain, and will be designate Chief Conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg from September 2024) In addition, Roberto is Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra and Artistic Director of Iberacademy in Colombia. The Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden named him Honorary Conductor following a four-year tenure as their Chief Conductor.

Highlights of Roberto’s 2023/24 season include Puccini’s La Bohème at the Opéra de Bordeaux, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Respighi’s Roman Trilogy at the Barbican Hall, the world première of Diana Syrse’s Quetzalcoátl, a South Korean tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, appearances at Salzburg Festival with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, as well as debuts with the Orchestre National Capitole Toulouse, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve