In seeing Mozart’s Women at the Winterfest, I was saddened at the fact it only plays three days and this was its last performance. I have just found out that the show was so popular that they have added a forth performance February 20th at 9pm. The show is written, directed and performed by Anna Mantovani, a beautiful, tall, lithe, performer whose operatic instrument is beyond glorious. Mozart’s Women is a one-woman drama infused with arias. Telling the story through the eyes of Constanze, Mozart’s wife we learn about the life of the maestro.
Directed in almost a Fellniesq way, Mozart’s Women is visually stunning. Kudos, to the subtle lighting design by Patrick Bakalli, which adds to the dramatic effect. The show uses projections and a sound design that allows Ms. Mantovani to act off the voices in the distance adding another dimension, which is almost cinematic.
Ms. Mantovani’s writing is poetic and lyrical and we are given a glimpse into another time and place where Mozart, who piled on debts, placed Constanze in a difficult position. Constanze became a businesswomen organizing memorial concerts in which she performed to provide for her two children. Constanze, then wrote the first full-length biography of Mozart. As we slip in and out of time we learn of their courtship, the heartbreak over Mozart’s infidelity and of a love that has surpassed time. This play is well written and informative. In many ways it is a performance piece, as it incorporates so many elements.
Ms. Mantovani is sometimes hard to understand. At times there is a disconnect between the emotionality and the words, but when she opens her mouth to sing, everything falls away. This is a God given voice and it is so expressive, that even though the arias are in another language, the meaning is crystal clear. I cannot say enough about this instrument, because it is so completely professional and outstanding. In looking at Ms. Mantovani short bio, I now understand why. She was a finalist in the Altamura /Caruso International Voice Competition in 2015. In 2016 she sang in the International Peace Conference at the Vatican in Rome. This is a voice that needs to be heard and I am so glad I was witness to it tonight.
Mozart’s Women: Winterfest at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th St. Feb. 20th @ 9pm.