The Cleveland Opera

Mozart and Salieri

by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


A chamber one-hour production of a powerful operatic masterpiece, staged and costumed, with sets, featuring fabulous opera voices and instrumental ensemble.

The story of Mozart and Salieri is brought to life by the glorious opera music of Rimsky-Korsakov to the original drama by Pushkin. It may be known to you from Miloš Forman's film Amadeus.

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
25501 Shaker Boulevard
(corner of Shaker & Richmond)
Beachwood OH 44122
  • Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Saint Cyprian Catholic Church
4223 Middle Ridge Road
Perry OH 44081
  • Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
2928 Scranton Rd.
Cleveland OH 44113
  • Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 7:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
3630 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights OH 44118
  • Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus
3649 East 65th Street
Cleveland OH 44105

About the Opera

When a masterful composer gets inspired by a literary genius the result is Mozart and Salieri - a one-act opera composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1897 to a Russian libretto taken almost verbatim from Alexander Pushkin's 1830 verse drama of the same name. The story was widely popularized by Miloš Forman's 1984 film Amadeus.

The story follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over the latter's music. Rimsky-Korsakov incorporated quotations from Mozart's Requiem and Don Giovanni into the score.

The truthfulness of this thrilling legend may be dubious, but the excitement of the drama of extreme artistic jealousy remains powerfully attractive, especially when the opera is sung by two fantastic voices who are also brilliant actors.


  • Brian Skoog, tenor, as Mozart
  • Jason Fuh, baritone, as Salieri
  • Jacek Sobieski, piano
  • Wanda Sobieska, violin
  • Joshua Bowman, viola
  • Kent Collier, cello
  • Dorota Sobieska, stage director


Free and open to the public.
Free-will donations gratefully accepted.