Be transported back to the eighteenth century as the 1786 standoff between composers Mozart and Salieri is recreated in Government House Ballroom.
This season is subject to COVID-19 regulations.
About the event
Music's greatest competition? In 1786 a standoff was held in one of the world’s most lavish palaces. Joseph II (Holy Roman Emperor) had set his tame composers a challenge, pitting the Italian opera style against the German ‘singspiel’. With both pieces performed on the same night, more than pride was at stake. The winner would be feted with commissions and patrons; the loser, fighting for scraps.
In one corner, the established Antonio Salieri set an opera buffa entitled Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words), and in the other corner the upstart Wolfgang Mozart flew the nationalistic flag with his comedy Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario).
For this re-creation, we invite you to get up close and personal in the intimate surrounds of Government House Ballroom with stages at either end, dinner with your friends and a time machine back to the eighteenth century. Decide for yourself who wins – Mozart or Salieri?
West Australian Opera presents The Duel in association with The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music.
Prima la musica e poi le parole
Composed by Antonio Salieri.
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Prima la musica e poi le parole - Salieri
Donna Eleonora Naomi Johns
Der Schauspieldirektor - Mozart
Madame Herz Naomi Johns
Reserved table seating (10 people per table). You will be seated directly next to other patrons.
Ticket price includes dinner and beverages.
To download the menu click HERE.
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free alternatives will be provided.
7.00pm Welcome beverage and canapés
8.00pm Prima la musica e poi le parole (Salieri)
8.30pm Mains followed by petit fours
9.20pm Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart)
10.00pm Event concludes
Government House Ballroom and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at the event. These efforts include:
- The completion of a COVID safety plan.
- Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
- Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
- COVID safety trained staff in all areas.
- Use of the WA Government's SafeWA digital contact register system. For more information please click HERE.
Event and ticketing details
Dates & Times
|DURATION||3 hours including dinner|
|12 May, 2022||Thursday - 7.00pm|
|13 May, 2022||Friday - 7.00pm|
|14 May, 2022||Saturday - 7.00pm|
|15 May, 2022||Sunday - 7.00pm|