Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
The Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor appears in major concerts and opera productions at the Salzburg Festival and at the town’s Landestheater, offering children and teenagers a thorough all-round training in singing and music in addition to giving them a firsthand impression of professional theatre work. The choir was formed in October 2010 as the result of a merger between the Salzburg Festival Children’s Choir and the Landestheater Children’s Choir and is currently directed by Wolfgang Götz. Regina Sgier is responsible for the choristers’ vocal training. The younger children are introduced to singing through various pre-choir groups. The choir currently numbers around 200 young Austrian and German singers aged between six and sixteen. It works in smaller groups depending on the size of the individual project.
Recent productions in which the choir has appeared at the Salzburg Festival include Die Frau ohne Schatten, Macbeth, Carmen, La bohème and Das Labyrinth – Der Zauberflöte zweyter Theil as well as Jeanne d’Arc (concert performance). In 2013 the choir has taken part in some of the most demanding works for children’s choir in the whole of the concert repertory, including Mahler’s Eighth and Third Symphonies under Gustavo Dudamel and Britten’s War Requiem. In May 2014 the choir will stage a major production of its own at the Salzburg Landestheater, when it performs Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu (familiar to English-speaking cinema-goers as The Chorus).
The choir will also be appearing in performances of Der Rosenkavalier at the 2014 Salzburg Festival (on August 1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23) under Zubin Mehta as well as in Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (July 19) under John Eliot Gardiner. In addition, there will be two joint concerts with the Mozart Children’s Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg at the town’s Collegiate Church, when the programme will include a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Sparrow Mass’.
Current as of summer 2013