Amadeus stems from a canon of composer biopics, popularised during the 1970s. Released in 1984, this feature-length film garnered critical and audience popularity with the quirky representation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) as told from the point of view of envious composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). In 1985 Amadeus won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director (Milos Forman), amongst six other wins and three additional nominations.
Amadeus Live brings the film new theatrical life with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As part of their Pop / Jazz / Soundtrack performance series, the film is projected in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as the Symphony below it provides the live soundtrack. The experience, like all in the performance series, appeals to those who have seen (and love and adore) the film and to those who have never experienced the award-winning masterpiece.
In the performance, Mozart’s music springs to life and has an energy that even the film alone can’t provide to the potential of a live orchestra. Whereas the story and its characters are central to Amadeus, Amadeus Live puts the music at the forefront and propels the films emotion, the characters’ drive and even personifies the music of Mozart itself.
The film quite simply follows the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, however, is unique in its storytelling as the narrator is Antonio Salieri. Salieri is an Italian classical composer who, according to the film, was incredibly envious of Mozart’s gift. Claiming it as a gift from God himself, Salieri could never accept that Mozart, a young cocky man with a high-pitched giggle, could have the abilities that he so desperately desired for himself.
From the narration, we hear Mozart’s music as Salieri heard it. Incredible, bold, and riddled with a depth of emotion. Amadeus Live allows the viewer to listen carefully as Salieri did, and probably hear the things that were missed in the film. As it did in 1984, the film will again trigger audiences to revisit the music of the composer, which the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has lined up in 2018 with their Mozart & Me performance series.
The film, perfectly paired with the compositions, takes the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions right up to and beyond Mozart’s death. Although his life was short, he has left a legacy which has crossed centuries of time and broken all barriers of place. Amadeus Live is an engaging performance, which perfectly combines history, entertainment, and the live music standard that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is renowned for.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents
Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall | N/A
Dates: 13 – 14 October 2017
Tickets: from $59