The 29th Mozart Festival to kick off in Warsaw

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The 29th Mozart Festival will open with a gala concert in Warsaw on Sunday evening. The event, organised by the Warsaw Chamber Opera (WOK), aims to stage performances of the whole corpus of Mozart's works, including pieces for the stage.

This year's highlights include the operas Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio).

The festival features soloists working permanently at the WOK as well as guest artists. They are accompanied by the WOK orchestra 'Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense,' which plays original period instruments or their replicas.

Mozart's great symphonic works and masses together with his famous Requiem will be performed during the festival, which lasts until July 6.

As every year, Warsaw audiences can also hear Mozart’s great symphonic works, masses, chamber pieces and violin concertos. As is traditional, there are also performances for children.

Before performances start at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the audiences are treated to concerts at Cafe Mozart, in the WOK’s foyer, where, while drinking coffee, they can listen to Mozart's arias and songs in a cosy atmosphere.

The festival venues also include some of Warsaw’s finest historic sites, including the Royal Castle, The Wilanow Palace Museum and the Seminary Church.