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The Illuminated Heart
Mostly Mozart 50th Anniversary Gala
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

A white box installation inserted into David Geffen Hall creating a backdrop for the Gala programme
created by Louis Langrée & Lincoln Center to reflect on 50 years of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

The images and costumes were all drawn from performances between 1966 and 2016, celebrating the festival as a first introduction to Mozart for many hundreds, the joy and humanity of Mozart's operas,
and 50 years of Mozart performances at Lincoln Center, with a cast of leading Mozart specialists conducted by Louis Langrée for the festival Gala opening.

Netia Jones Mostly Mozart

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'Brought together were exceptional singers, a fine orchestra and conductor, and attractive visual elements to offer a concentrated dose of some of the greatest operatic music ever written.'

The "envelope" here was designed by British director Netia Jones-and brilliantly. She used video projections (all simple and many gorgeous) to enhance the music, never distracting from it. They were humorous at times, and always appropriate'


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In effect, "The Illuminated Heart" is two things: a tribute to the particular genius of Mozart's operatic works, and a celebration of the Festival itself.
New York Classical Review

Director and designer Jones gained a huge amount of good will from her Curlew River production presented two years back by Lincoln Center, and gained more with this piece.