Peter Sellars gets Mozart all wrong

The US director, speaking about his upcoming production at the Salzburg Festival:

‘Mozart wrote such incredible music for the ocean, here in Salzburg, where he never saw the ocean in his life! One passage in the libretto reads: Saved from the sea, I have a raging sea, more fearsome than before, within my bosom. And Neptune does not cease his threats even in this. That is what Mozart’s music is about.’

Oh, really?

Mozart, during his childhood in Salzburg, visited Naples, Loreto, Rimini and Venice – all of which appear to be on the sea – eventually crossing the English Channel to stay in London.