An aria by Mozart is performed for the first time since it was written 200 years ago.

The manuscript for an aria composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was discovered in an attic in the United States. Experts are convinced that the unfinished aria is the work of Mozart, judging by the paper it was written on and the handwriting.

No one knows where the manuscript has been since Mozart wrote it.

Jonathan Stone of Christie's Auction House says the aria was written on the same paper that Mozart was using in 1780 in Salzburg. The handwriting too was clearly identifiable as Mozart's.

Soprano Giselle Minns, who performed the aria, was not convinced at first that it was the work of Mozart. She describes the realisation that it is in fact the work of the composer as bliss..

The manuscript of the aria is due to be auctioned by Christie's next week and is expected to achieve around £30,000.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 June 1996. The reporter is Colm Connolly.