He was born at about 8 in the evening on Jan. 27, 1756; was baptized the next morning as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; later preferred to use the Frenchified version of Theophilus — Amadè — as his middle name (and on rare occasions the Latin Amadeus, as a joke); and left the world a better place when he departed at the age of thirty-five. Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play brought him alive to a new generation, both on the stages of the West End and Broadway and through its 1984 movie adaption. A tale derived from the apocryphal legend that Mozart was poisoned by the jealous Viennese court kapellmeister Antonio Salieri (a story previously promulgated through a drama by Pushkin and an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov), it raised the ire of many historians. Considered as a fictionalized play rather than the documentary it never intended to be, it remains magnificent, an imagined study of artistic jealousy and the unfairness Nature shows in distributing genius. The NT Live series broadcasts Shaffer’s play direct from the National Theatre in London, in a heralded production featuring Adam Gillen as Mozart and Lucian Msamati as Salieri — with the accompanying score performed by the Southbank Sinfonia, a fully professional chamber orchestra. You can catch it at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Tickets ($22) can be had by calling 505-988-1234 or www. ticketssantafe.org.