Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Amadeus is a play by Peter Shaffer.

It is based on the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, highly fictionalized. Amadeus was first performed in 1979.

It was inspired by Mozart and Salieri, a short 1830 play by Alexander Pushkin, which in 1897 was used as the libretto for an opera of the same name by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Shaffer then adapted Amadeus for a film released in 1984. Significant use is made of the music of Mozart, Salieri and other composers of the period. The premieres of Mozart's operas The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute are each the setting for key scenes of the play.

Shaffer used artistic license in his portrayals of both Mozart and Salieri. Documentary evidence suggests that there was some antipathy between the two men, but the idea that Salieri was the instigator of Mozart's demise is not taken seriously by scholars of the men's lives and careers. While historically there may have been actual rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, there is also evidence that they enjoyed a relationship marked by mutual respect. As an example, Salieri later tutored Mozart's son Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart in music.

Photos are from the Greek adaptation of the play
Σκηνοθεσία: Δ. Λιγνάδης
Ερμηνεύουν: Δ. Λιγνάδης, Χρ. Παπακαλιάτης, Δ. Σκιάδη.
Μετάφρ.: Αλ. Κοέν.
Σκην.-κοστ.: Εύα Νάθενα

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