I have been fortunate enough to become an ASB Bank Ltd, Auckland Theatre Company Corporate Ambassador and get to go to selected shows throughout their season. In exchange, I get to provide reviews of the shows I go to which is totally awesome. If you're a theatre buff like myself then you'll appreciate my good fortune.
So without further adieu, here is my review of Amadeus, which I attended last week with a handful of friends.
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer is an intense tour de force. As the programme states, “Shaffer presents two musicians – whose rivalry is known to be historically true” although the play is crafted from his imagination.
The role of, Antonio Salieri is performed by the awesome and talented Michael Hurst. He embodies the character so deeply, you feel as if he really has become the tormented Salieri, the official court-composer to the Habsburg emperor, Joseph II. When the young foppish prodigious talent Amadeus Mozart, ably performed by dancer Ross McCormack in his first acting role, arrives at court, Salieri is consumed with jealousy at the young composer’s undeniable talent. Instead of helping advance Mozart’s career he sets out to ruin it even while admitting that the young composer’s music fills him with “such unfulfillable longing”.
The cast and musicians cleverly screened on stage by thousands of sheets of scrunched up musical scores provide relief from the intensity of the play and the beautiful Madison Nonoa’s soaring operatic voice added an emotive dimension to the performance.