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Mozart  in Bologna

The series about historical places of opera art. Get to know exciting excursion and travel ideas for opera lovers. This time: Mozart in Bologna


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Mozart in Bologna


Mozart visited Bologna for the first time at the age of 14. Wolfgang took the difficult exam of the famous philharmonic academy. Actually, this was allowed only to students over 20 years old, but for Mozart they made an exception. The exam normally took hours, but Wolfgang managed the tasks in only 15 minutes.

According to Leopold, the Mozarts also met the most famous catrato Farinelli, who spent his retirement on a country estate outside Bologna. Bald darauf machten sie sich auf den Weg nach Rom und Neapel.




Destination Museo internazionale della Musica di Bologna

The hall where Mozart took the exam still exists and can be visited. It is located in a building that now houses an excellent museum with magnificent interiors. Mozart’s exam papers can be viewed and one can find many other interesting exhibits in the 9 rooms. Among them is a letter from Wagner thanking the city of Bologna for the honorary citizenship.

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