There is very little that is factually accurate about the life of W.A. Mozart in the 1979 play Amadeus by Peter Shaffer and the related popular 1984 film, which feel more like cute and sentimental fairy tales than works of real substance. The reality of Mozart’s short, brilliant life is far more interesting than any corny theatrical adaptation, although what ultimately matters is the Austrian composer’s music. Tragically, Mozart didn’t live long enough to finish Requiem in D Minor, the moving piece that stands as a mournful epitaph to his life. In a kind of midsummer night’s elegy, conductor Iván Fischer guides stellar Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and Budapest Festival Orchestra through the dramatic requiem.
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; Tue., Aug. 6, 8 p.m.; $1-$162. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com.
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