Tharp’s third collaboration with Miloš Forman was Amadeus. Working on location in Prague, Tharp choreographed and directed the opera sequences for the film. The sequences were created for a contemporary audience and are not exact reconstructions of eighteenth century dances. The operas included in the film are: The Marriage Of Figaro, Abduction From The Seraglio, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.

Amadeus received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as six international awards for Best Picture.


  • Movie poster
  • Amadeus
    A production still from "The Marraige Of Figaro." ©Twyla Tharp
  • Forman and Tharp with dancers from Czechoslovakia during filming. © Twyla Tharp


A selection of excerpts.
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Music Program:

The Orchestra:
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner

The Choruses: 
Academy Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Laszlo Heltay; Ambrosian Opera Chorus, conducted by John McCarthy; The Choristers of Westminster Abbey, conducted by Simon Preston

Instrumental soloists:
Concerto for Piano in Eb, K482, performed by Ivan Moravec
Concerto for Piano in D minor, K466, performed by Imogen Cooper
Adagio in C minor for Glass Harmonica, K617, performed by Thomas Bloch with The Brussels Virtuosi, conducted by Marc Grauwels

Original Soundtrack Album:
Film Composer: John Strauss 

(all composed by Mozart except as noted)
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183, 1st movement
Stabat Mater: Quando Corpus Morietur and Amen (Pergolesi – performed by the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, directed by Simon Preston)
Early 18th Century Gypsy Music: Bubak and Hungaricus
Serenade for Winds, K. 361, 3rd movement
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Turkish Finale
Symphony No. 29 in A, K 201, 1st movement
Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, 3rd movement
Mass in C minor, K. 427, Kyrie (Mozart)
Symphonie Concertante, K. 364, 1st movement
Piano Concerto in E flat, K. 482, 3rd movement
The Marriage of Figaro, Act III, Ecco la Marcia
The Marriage of Figaro, Act IV, Ah Tutti Contenti
Don Giovanni, Act II, Commendatore scene
Zaide aria, Ruhe Sanft
Requiem, K. 626, Introitus (orchestra introduction)
Requiem: Dies Irae
Requiem: Rex Tremendae Majestatis
Requiem: Confutatis
Requiem: Lacrimosa
Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466, 2nd movement