Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
The Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor appears at major concerts and in opera productions at the Salzburg Festival and also at the town’s Landestheater, offering children and adolescents a thorough all-round training in singing and music in addition to giving them a first-hand impression of professional work in the theatre. The choir was formed in October 2010 following a merger between the Salzburg Festival Children’s Choir and the Salzburg Landestheater Children’s Choir and is currently directed by Wolfgang Götz. Regina Sgier is responsible for developing and training the choristers’ voices. Depending on their age, the younger children are introduced to singing through various pre-choir groups. At present the choir numbers around 200 young Austrian and German singers aged between six and sixteen, but it always works in smaller groups depending on the size of the individual project.
In addition to its own series of concerts in the town, the Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir has performed at the Salzburg Festival under such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bertrand de Billy, Zubin Mehta and Franz Welser-Möst. Among the orchestras with which they have appeared are the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonics, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 the choir took part in a series of particularly demanding choral works, namely, Mahler’s Third and Eighth Symphonies under Gustavo Dudamel, Britten’s War Requiem under Antonio Pappano and Walter Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc under Manfred Honeck, followed in 2014 by Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 under John Eliot Gardiner.
Among the stage performances of operas in which the choir has taken part at the Salzburg Festival are Die Frau ohne Schatten, Macbeth, Carmen, La bohème, Das Labyrinth: Der Zauberflöte zweyter Theil and Der Rosenkavalier. At the Salzburg Landestheater they appeared to great acclaim in 2014 in their own production, Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu.
Current as of August 2015