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Rüdiger Safranski to give Keynote Address at the 2015 Festival Opening

4 MAR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:34 h;
published in: General

Rüdiger Safranski will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival on Sunday, July 26. “Rüdiger Safranski is the ideal opening speaker for a cultural event which radiates throughout the entire world, but is clearly rooted in European intellectual history,” declared Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler today, Wednesday, March 4.

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The ballet version "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is a jewel

12 MAR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:09 h;
published in: Whitsun

Audiences and the press have never agreed more, and for so long: John Neumeier’s 1977 ballet version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most beautiful works. Indeed, it is an absolute jewel. “Entrancing enchantment, a magical mélange” is only one of the many headlines for Hamburg Ballet Director Neumeier’s smashingly successful production, which has once again returned to the stage.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015: Three Finalists Nominated

16 MAR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:09 h;
published in: Concert

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award takes place this year for the 6th time. Once again, the interest in the award has been enormous. 65 candidates from 5 continents and 31 countries applied for Award, which has become one of the most sought-after international distinctions for young conductors all over the world. We would like to introduce the three finalists!

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Tickets can now be bought via direct online purchase!

30 MAR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:48 h;
published in: General

Starting now, you can secure your ideal spot from the comfort of your home, as general ticket sales for the 2015 Festival season have begun.

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“The role is a good fit” – Golda Schultz as Sophie in Der “Rosenkavalier”

16 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:18 h;
published in: Opera

“That’s the Way to Run a Festival!” was the headline of a major Austrian newspaper last year, on the occasion of the premiere of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Harry Kupfer. Thus, there are many reasons to experience Der Rosenkavalier this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. One new element of the production, however, is the South African soprano Golda Schultz, and she alone is worth attending the revival.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

10 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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The Paramour’s Dresses at the Residenzgalerie

15 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:20 h;
published in: General

The Paramour embodies vibrant life; she is seduction personified, the vivacious counterpart to the doomed man on the stage. Year after year, no Festival costume has been the subject of more public attention than the Paramourʼs dress. An exhibition of the Residenzgalerie shows the Paramour’s wonderful dresses.

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The High Art of Singing at Whitsun

17 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:12 h;
published in: Whitsun

Although the relationship between fathers and sons may be rather problematic in the realm of the gods of antiquity, the Whitsun Festival matinee recital by Christoph and Julian Prégardien promises a special form of family harmony.

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TO ERR IS HUMAN…

27 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:36 h;
published in: Drama

Michael Billington of The Guardian, eminence grise of British theatre critics, is a man who has seen The Comedy of Errors many times. In his view “it almost always provides a great night out.” In England this early Shakespeare comedy with the rather matter of fact title has a reputation as one of his most popular and consistently successful works.  The play premieres at the Salzburg Festival on August 1st, directed by Henry Mason. 

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Young Singers Project 2015

5 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

In 2008 the Young Singers Project was inaugurated, with the goal of enabling young singers from all over the world to further their education on an international level. Like all its other elements, the Salzburg Festival’s education programmes follow the motto set by one of its founders: “Opera and theatre – the best of both” (Hugo von Hofmannsthal).

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