“History is made of the stories we tell. Or don’t. Such is the tragedy of Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’ Mozart or, as she is referred to in Sylvia Milo’s one-woman play, ‘The Other Mozart,’ ” currently on tour in the U.S. and Europe, writes Lauren Duca in Friday’s (10/30) Huffington Post. “Growing up, Nannerl [and] Wolfgang Amadeus … toured Europe together to equal acclaim…. As their father Leopold nurtured Wolfgang’s talents and toured with him through Europe, Nannerl was left behind to learn to sew and find a husband.” Says playwright Milo, who also acts the role of Nannerl, “I grew up as a musician, as a violinist and pianist… I went into the Mozart house [in Vienna] and I saw the family portrait that Leopold Mozart commissioned.… The things she composed did not survive. It just seemed to me like a story that needed to be told…. We have the whole correspondence of Wolfgang and Leopold.… From there, the whole family emerged to me, their relationships, their hopes and dreams.” The play is onstage now in New York City and also tours New Orleans, Houston, Sewanee (Tenn.), and Vienna, Austria in 2015 and 2016.
Posted November 2, 2015