Italian duo team up to create multimedia Mozart exhibit

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Siccardi and Longobardi (Photo by Mila Samokhina)

Mozart may have been born and raised in Austria, but he was among classical music’s most “Italian” composers, with most of his operas written in the bel canto style and the Italian language. It should come as no surprise that “Mozart Immersive: The Soul of a Genius,” currently on display at Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, has deep Italian roots.

The 360-degree audiovisual experience is the brainchild of Artistic Creator Massimiliano Siccardi and Composer and Arranger Luca Longobardi.

“With this piece, we wanted to represent every part of Mozart’s life, from his happy times as a child prodigy and throughout his amazingly prolific career, creating some of the best music ever composed,” Siccardi says. “We want the audience to see the world through Mozart’s eyes, both humanizing him and celebrating his genius and incredible body of work.”

The exhibit melds Mozart’s music, dreamlike AI-generated visuals and footage of live actors on animated backgrounds. Siccardi crafted the imagery and animation for the show, and Longobardi assembled the soundscape.

The Italian duo also created “Immersive Van Gogh,” which saw its U.S. premiere in Chicago and has since been experienced by more than 6 million people in more than 20 cities across North America. They also created several other immersive experiences focusing on the lives and works of renowned artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt.

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