‘The Other Mozart’ coming to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

November 14, 2016 - 3:45pm

Actress and musician Sylvia Milo was in Vienna visiting the Mozart House, a museum dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, when she noticed a small family portrait near the exit. “I saw a woman at a keyboard seated next to Wolfgang, their hands intertwined, looking like equals,” said Milo, who noted that the woman’s “enormous” hairdo drew her attention initially. “They were already in their 20s. I wondered, who is the woman next to Wolfgang?” It turns out that it’s his sister, Maria Anna, who went by the nickname Nannerl. And Milo, a classically trained pianist and violinist with a deep knowledge of Mozart, had never heard of her. “It really shocked me,” she said. “We know so much about him — more than any other classical composer. And she has been completely ignored. I was really floored by that and actually quite angry.” She channeled her anger into telling Nannerl’s story. After researching the woman’s life, Milo wrote, produced and stars in “The Other Mozart,” which she will perform at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Critics have praised the precision of her performance. An Albuquerque Journal review described the show as a “brilliant, unified piece of theatrical art.”

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