Be transported back to the eighteenth century as the 1786 standoff between composers Mozart and Salieri is recreated in Government House Ballroom.
This season is subject to COVID-19 regulations.
The Duel is SOLD OUT.
About the event
Music's greatest competition? In 1786 a standoff was held in one of the world’s most lavish palaces. Joseph II (Holy Roman Emperor) had set his tame composers a challenge, pitting the Italian opera style against the German ‘singspiel’. With both pieces performed on the same night, more than pride was at stake. The winner would be feted with commissions and patrons; the loser, fighting for scraps.
In one corner, the upstart Wolfgang Mozart flew the nationalistic flag with his comedy Der Schauspieldirektor (The Theatre Director), and in the other corner, the established Antonio Salieri set an opera buffa entitled Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words)
For this re-creation, we invite you to get up close and personal in the intimate surrounds of Government House Ballroom with stages at either end, dinner with your friends and a time machine back to the eighteenth century. Decide for yourself who wins – Mozart or Salieri?
West Australian Opera presents The Duel in association with The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music.
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.
Prima la musica e poi le parole
Composed by Antonio Salieri.
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES.
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Der Schauspieldirektor - Mozart
Mr Cash Matthew Reardon
Prima la musica e poi le parole - Salieri
Donna Eleonora Prudence Sanders
Featuring UWA Conservatorium of Music
HOW CAN I VIEW THE SYNOPSIS ON THE NIGHT?
The synopsis sheet will be available at your seat.
Reserved table seating (10 people per table). You will be seated directly next to other patrons.
Ticket price includes dinner and beverages.
Click HERE to view the seating plan.
Click HERE to download the menu.
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free alternatives will be provided.
7.00pm Welcome beverage and canapés
8.15pm Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart)
8.45pm Mains followed by petit fours
9.45pm Prima la musica e poi le parole (Salieri)
10.25pm Event concludes
Government House Ballroom and West Australian Opera have COVID-19 Safety Policies in place to maintain your safety at The Duel. These efforts include:
- Hand sanitiser stations readily available.
- Ongoing frequent deep cleaning regimes across all areas of the venue.
- COVID-19 safety trained staff in all areas.
Please click HERE for the latest State Government COVID-19 updates.
West Australian Opera will continue to adhere to all State Government requirements in order to maintain the safety of our audiences, artists and staff.
Please do not attend a live performance if you are unwell. As an interim COVID-19 measure if you are unwell, please contact [email protected] prior to the performance to discuss your options with us.
Event and ticketing details
Dates & Times
|DURATION||3 hours and 25 minutes including dinner|
|12 May, 2022||Thursday - 7.00pm|
|13 May, 2022||Friday - 7.00pm|
|14 May, 2022||Saturday - 7.00pm|
|15 May, 2022||Sunday - 7.00pm|
Government House Ballroom
13 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000 AustraliaGet directions