Nikolaus Harnoncourt Withdraws from Remaining Performances of Salzburg's Clemenza di Tito

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The Salzburg Festival announced on Monday (August 21) that conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has asked to be relieved of his conducting duties for the festival's final three performances of Mozart's opera La clemenza di Tito, tonight and on August 26 and 29. He was on the podium for the first three performances in the run, August 16, 19 and 21.

Harnoncourt made his request in order to avoid "double duty" at the festival: he wants to concentrate on preparation and rehearsal for his concert performances of Mozart's final three symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic on August 25 and 27.

Filling in for Harnoncourt for the final three Titos will be Christopher Moulds, an English freelance conductor who has served on the artistic staff of English National Opera and was from 1994 to 1998 chorus master at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

The production is directed by Martin Kusej and stars Michael Schade in the title role, with Dorothea R‹schmann, Veronica Cang_mi (replacing Barbara Bonney, who earlier this month canceled all her engagements), Vesselina Kasarova, Malena Ernman, Luca Pisaroni, the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic.

This year's Salzburg Festival has been a busy one for Harnoncourt: in addition to Tito and the Mozart symphony concerts, he conducted seven performances of Le nozze di Figaro from July 26 to August 13.


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