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Nestroy Prize Winner Georg Schmiedleitner to direct Die letzten Tage der Menschheit

2 APR 2014

published in: Drama

As planned, Vienna’s Burgtheater and the Salzburg Festival will co-produce Die letzten Tage der Menschheit by Karl Kraus. After Matthias Hartmann was released from his directing obligations by the Burgtheater, as reported, Georg Schmiedleitner agreed to take on the realisation of Karl Kraus’ epoch-making work – a director who has made a name for himself with political and specifically Austrian theatre.

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International Opera Awards – Salzburg Festival’s NORMA wins in the category “Best New Production of 2013”

8 APR 2014

published in: Opera, General

Last year, the Salzburg Festival won in the category “Best Opera Festival”. Today this year’s award ceremony took place in London, and once again the Salzburg Festival was among the nominees: this time in the category “Best New Opera Production”. The international jury chaired by John Allison selected the Salzburg Whitsun Festival’s new production, Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, as the “Best New Opera Production of 2013”. The International Opera Awards, also known as the “Opera Oscars”, were awarded in 21 categories altogether.

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ROSSINIMANIA, Vienna 1822 • Special Exhibition as part of the Whitsun Festival

11 APR 2014

published in: Whitsun

This year’s Whitsun Festival is devoted entirely to the composer Gioachino Rossini, whose most important works the Whitsun Festival’s Artistic Director, Cecilia Bartoli, has assembled in a musical display of fireworks. The specially developed exhibit ROSSINIMANIA, Vienna 1822 features original pieces, multimedia image shows, “talking” wallpaper and carpets, recreating the “Rossini fever” the composer caused, like a rock star, among his audience. The exhibit runs from June 5 to 27, 2014 at the Schüttkasten; admission is free!

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Patroness Meeting for the 3rd Salzburg Festival Ball

9 MAY 2014

published in: Festival Ball

With its unique 96 arcades, the Felsenreitschule was first used in 1926 by Max Reinhardt for a Salzburg Festival production. On Saturday, August 30, 2014 it will be transformed into a sumptuous backdrop of a ball for the third time already, providing an elegant and imaginative framework for Festival artists and ball guests. As a prelude to the preparations for the ball, on Thursday, May 8, 2014 the members of this year’s Patroness Committee had a get-together at Salzburg’s Hotel Sacher. They were invited by the Festival’s Artistic Director Alexander Pereira, its President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler and the Sacher’s director, Elisabeth Gürtler. The event was given its musical flavour by the young Slovak bass Peter Kellner.

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Cecilia Bartoli as Cenerentola at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival

4 JUN 2014

published in: Whitsun

The centrepiece of this year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival, which takes place under the artistic directorship of Cecilia Bartoli and the motto “Rossinissimo!”, is the opera La Cenerentola. Directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi, the fairy-tale of Cinderella will appear in a new guise on the stage of the Haus für Mozart.

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Thus I will call upon all gods

10 JUN 2014

published in: Whitsun

With her charisma and her excellence, Cecilia Bartoli sweeps audiences, fellow artists and staff off their feet. Due to her plethora of ideas, the Whitsun Festival has reached a new dimension, artistically and economically. Responsible for the festival’s business aspects as I am, of course I welcome sold-out houses. We will be able to celebrate a new record attendance at Whitsun 2014,” declares Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival. Find more information about the exciting programme of the Whitsun Festival 2015!

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Presentation of the 2014 Salzburg Festival Editions

5 JUN 2014

published in: Whitsun, General

In anticipation of the 2014 Whitsun Festival, Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler hosted the traditional presentation and tasting of the Salzburg Festival Special Editions at the SalzburgKulisse, Haus für Mozart. The Salzburg Festival presented the Festival Wines, the Festival Pils and, for the very first time, the Salzburg Festival Cuvée Brut from the Schlumberger Wineries.

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Rossiniesque Fireworks Inspire Roaring Applause from Audience • Increase in Attendance

10 JUN 2014

published in: Whitsun

With cleverly chosen works and indomitable artistic energy, Artistic Director Cecilia Bartoli proved once again that Salzburg is an international beacon at Whitsuntide too, the musical place to be. Within five days, the enthusiastic audience experienced two staged opera productions for the first time: the new production La Cenerentola and Otello as well as six concerts, a gala dinner and the exhibition Rossinimania, as well as performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Without exception, the invited artists created the kind of musical fireworks that a festival requires and is defined by. 

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Third Salzburg Festival Ball • Cecilia Bartoli Sings at the Opening Concert

12 JUN 2014

published in: Festival Ball, Whitsun

The Salzburg Festival Ball will resemble a glittering fairy-tale for the third time on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The Motto is “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella). The opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, having just elicited wildly enthusiastic reactions from the Whitsun Festival audience, will also be performed during the last weekend of the Festival season. Celebrated as Cinderella Angelina on stage at the Haus für Mozart, an appearance by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli crowns the festive concert opening the Festival Ball at the Felsenreitschule.

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“The Forbidden Zone” marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One

17 JUN 2014

published in: Drama

The Forbidden Zone is a powerful new work about women, science and war in the first half of the twentieth century. Conceived by the director Katie Mitchell, working together with an extensive team of her regular artistic collaborators, this is contemporary theatre in a cinematic form, with screen images being created live on stage in real time. The drama moves at thrilling speed between a range of locations in Europe and America and events in 1949 and 1915. 

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