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Hagen Quartet Presents Beethoven Cycle

17 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:00 h;
published in: Concert

Yesterday, the Hagen Quartet gave the highly successful opening concert of its cycle Beethoven Hagen Quartet at the Mozarteum Foundation’s Main Hall. Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt, Veronika Hagen and Clemens Hagen will perform five further concerts at the Salzburg Festival, completing a full set of Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets. The art of chamber music at its very best!

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MONTBLANC YOUNG DIRECTORS AWARD 2013

21 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:48 h;
published in: Drama

For the twelfth time already, the MONTBLANC & SALZBURG FESTIVAL YOUNG DIRECTORS PROJECT took place as part of the 2013 Salzburg Festival. Once again, the international cultural brand Montblanc generously supported the theatre project. Sales of the Salzburg special edition of the “Mozart Pen” brought additional sponsorship funds to the project, making it possible to fund the YDP programme, the magazine Close Up. Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Director of Drama, had selected four young directors from Great Britain, Germany, Iraq and the Czech Republic for this year’s competition.

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Sumptuous Venues Await You at the Festival Ball on August 31, 2013

22 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:21 h;
published in: Festival Ball

At the 2nd Festival Ball on August 31, all the action will be focused on the Felsenreitschule and the Haus für Mozart. Thus, the Disco will be set up in the Festival Canteen, usually closed to the public, and the Swiss DJ Luca Papini will crank up the dance beats; refreshment is guaranteed by the exclusive creations offered at the Red Bull Bar.

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Artistic Program of the Festival Ball

27 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:22 h;
published in: Festival Ball

The countdown for the 2013 Festival Ball has begun! The stage sets at the Felsenreitschule have been dismantled, the two carpenter’s workshops Gehmacher and Niederreiter have begun their preparations with the Festival’s team of technicians, and together they are transforming the performance venue into an impressive ballroom. 

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The Vienna Philharmonic remains the heart of the Festival

30 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:52 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

The Vienna Philharmonic has always been one of the main pillars of the Salzburg Festival. “Without the Vienna Philharmonic, there might be a festival in Salzburg, but it would not be the Salzburg Festival.” Clearer words than those of President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler in her interview with Die Presse can hardly be found to describe the role of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Festival.

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Siemens Festival Nights in London

30 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:24 h;
published in: General

Siemens Festival Nights at the Crystal:In celebration of the first anniversary of the opening this September, the Crystal will host the first Siemens Festival Nights abroad, an outdoor opera festival taking place between 30th August and 1st September on the dockside area in front of the Crystal. Presenting brand new opera productions from the world renowned Salzburg Festival.

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280 Performances in 45 Days at 14 Performance Venues

1 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:42 h;
published in: General

The 1400 children and teenagers of El Sistema from Venezuela caused a storm of enthusiasm. Another extraordinary success was the new production of Jedermann – only the eleventh since 1920. The Ouverture spirituelle brought an opening towards the Shinto and Buddhist world view. The concert performances of operas by Verdi and Wagner, the Mahler Symphonies and the oratorios by Joseph Haydn – to name only a few highlights of this summer, apart from the new scenic productions – found an echo that can be described numerically as follows: with 286,301 visitors, we registered the highest number of visitors since the founding of the Salzburg Festival 93 years ago.

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A Loving Enabler of Modernity

19 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:47 h;
published in: General

Hans Landesmann constructed an important space for the present – remembering a creative innovator.

Hans Landesmann and Salzburg: this constellation was “a stroke of fortune for both sides,” said Salzburg’s Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler last year. At the time, she was delivering a speech on the occasion of the cultural manager’s 80th birthday. On Wednesday evening, the Salzburg Festival had the sad duty to announce the passing of this long-term member of its Directorate: Hans Landesmann died of a severe illness at the age of 81.

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Markus Hinterhäuser appointed Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival

25 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:45 h;
published in: General

Starting on October 1, 2016, Markus Hinterhäuser will be the Salzburg Festival’s Artistic Director; his contract runs for five years, until September 30, 2021. The contract of Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler has been extended for another three years (from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2017). These decisions were made by the Salzburg Festival’s Supervisory Board today, Wednesday, September 25. Its meeting was chaired by Section Director Mag. Andrea Ecker of the Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture.

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8 OCT 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:39 h;
published in: General

In September 2013, the number of officially registered Syrian refugees rose to more than two million people, over half of them women and children. According to the UNHCR, 7,000 new refugees are registered every day. The onset of winter has become an endurance test: blankets, warm clothes, heaters and fuel are urgently needed.

In order to alleviate the suffering of Syria’s civilian population, the Salzburg Festival supports the Caritas Refugee Aid this year by donating 78,860 Euros.

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