Some people just cannot get enough Mozart, and not only Mozart but the same Mozart. This was apparently the idea behind a free concert given last night at the Austrian Embassy, under the title Mozart through His Letters and Operas. Donations were requested, and no viennoiserie was on offer afterward. Sorab Modi may not have said much about the letters of Mozart, but he provided commentary between aria and ensemble selections from the five favorite Mozart operas (OK, there was one piece from La Clemenza di Tito), sung by members of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. However, hoping to hear some music off the beaten path (couldn't the Mozart Year be about discovering the composer's other operas?), woven together by passages from the letters about the pieces being performed, I was disappointed.
Tickets ($25) are still available for the next unusual performance from Washington National Opera, a reduced-price afternoon concert called Welcome to Opera, a week from Saturday (October 14, 4 pm) in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Plácido Domingo will conduct, and I suspect some of these young singers will be performing.