Blog entries for "General"

When sacred music meets percussion and dragons meet klezmer – then you know it’s the Festival Opening Party!

19 JUL 2012

published in: General

On Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Salzburg Festival celebrates not only the beginning of its Ouverture spirituelle and the Jedermann premiere, but all signals are set for cultural enjoyment and boundless diversity! The 33rd Festival Opening Party features a dazzling array of extremely different artists at 30 performance venues. Program highlights from various genres await all the citizens of Salzburg and their guests. Come be enchanted, sampling music, literature and of course culinary delights, and celebrate the beginning of the 2012 Salzburg Festival with a mind-boggling party!

For the first time, our guests from abroad will find two English-language events on Saturday: a guided tour of the exhibit Einmal Unterwelt und zurück at 10:30 am at the Residenzgalerie Salzburg, as well as the ingenious comedian John van der Put’s show at republic at 2:30 pm.

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Alessio Arduini‘s Impressions After the First Rehearsals of La bohème

19 JUL 2012

by Alessio Arduini  12:48 h;
published in: Opera, General

Alessio Arduini was born in Desenzano del Garda in Italy. At the age of 15, he discovered his love for singing and studied for several years with Vincenzo Rose. After various engagements in operas like Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and I puritani in Italy, he will join the roster of the Vienna State Opera next season.
This summer, Alessio Arduini will appear in Puccini’s opera La bohème at the Salzburg Festival. In this co-production with the Shanghai Grand Theatre, he will share the stage with artists such as Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. His role in Damiano Michieletto’s new production is that of the musician Schaunard. Over the coming weeks, he will also write about his rehearsals and his time in Salzburg. Here are some of his thoughts after the first rehearsals for La bohème.

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Free Rides to the Salzburg Festival!

18 JUL 2012

published in: General

The Salzburg Festival is about to begin, your tickets are sitting on the dresser and your gala outfit is hanging in your wardrobe, freshly ironed. The only remaining question is the best way of getting to the performance venue? Anyone wanting to avoid traffic jams and the search for a parking space, traveling instead towards the enjoyment of the Festival’s offerings without worries or stress, can take public transportation – for once again, your Festival tickets are valid for free transportation within the City of Salzburg.

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New Start for a Time-Honored Publication: The Salzburg Festival Almanac Published by the Festival Itself for the First Time

16 JUL 2012

published in: General

The Salzburg Festival Almanac has existed for 45 years. What began in 1967 as an initiative of the legendary publisher Wolfgang Schaffler went through various incarnations throughout the history of his publishing house, the Residenz Verlag. In 2012, the Festival Almanac is self-published by the Festival for the first time, offering more backstage insights than ever before. 

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An Island of Theater: 20 Years at the “Perner-Insel”

11 JUL 2012

published in: General

The Salzburg Festival has always been distinguished by the uniqueness of its “exquisite” performance venues. Over the course of its 20 years, the Perner-Insel in Hallein has become an indispensable performance location for the Salzburg Festival. Its unique atmosphere has made it a favorite with many stage directors and audience members.

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Siemens Festival>Nights 2012: A longer season. More current productions. More live broadcasts.

25 JUN 2012

published in: General

In the eleventh year of its existence, the Siemens Festival>Nights are looking forward to great innovations: with the broadcasting of 12 current productions – five of them live! – directly from the Festspielhäuser, there will be more current highlights than ever. For the first time, the open-air screenings will take place throughout the duration of the Festival, between July 27 and September 1, 2012, using a large-scale LED wall suitable for daylight screenings as well. Thus, the most advanced technology makes culture available to everyman, within the incomparable ambience of Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz with its view of the Hohensalzburg Castle. All this makes the Siemens Festival>Nights unique throughout the world.

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This Year’s Festival program on ORF: Enjoy the Salzburg Festival in your Living Room!

5 JUN 2012

published in: General

This year will see an unusually large number of Salzburg Festival productions being broadcast by ORF. Thus, you will have the opportunity to watch not only the festive opening gala of the most traditional cultural summer festival of them all, but also various opera productions like La bohème and a Philharmonic concert at home. In addition, the ORF program focus offers numerous other Festival events and closely related features – on TV, radio and a new special channel. 

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Two Open-Air Events for the Citizens of Salzburg and the Festival’s Visitors on Cathedral Square

4 JUN 2012

published in: General

This summer, the Salzburg Festival will offer two open-air events for the citizens of Salzburg and Festival visitors on Cathedral Square. The first event will take place on the day the Festival opens, July 27 at 5:00 pm. Barbara Frittoli and Plácido Domingo will perform arias and duets; Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. On August 23, the new production of the opera La bohème by Giacomo Puccini will be heard in concert. Daniele Gatti conducts. Piotr Beczala takes on the role of Rodolfo, and the role of Mimì will be sung by the American soprano Ailyn Pérez. Anna Netrebko has a simultaneous engagement in New York on that day. The proceeds from the events will be donated to a charitable cause yet to be announced. 

All artists will perform without fees.

Ticket sales begin on July 2; advance reservations are not possible. 

Festival Wine and Festival Beer: The New Edition 2012

26 MAY 2012

published in: General

Yesterday, Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler presented this year’s Festival Wine and Festival Beer, together with winemakers Michael Moosbrugger of the Schloss Gobelsburg Winery and Josef Tesch from Neckenmarkt, as well as the master brewer and certified beer sommelier Markus Trinker of the Stiegl Brewery in Salzburg. Thus, the vivacious Mittelburgenland met the art-loving Kamptal.

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Obituary for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

18 MAY 2012

published in: General

“The Festival owes Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau moments of glory celebrated equally by our audiences and the press” – thus Helga Rabl-Stadler, the Festival’s President, expressed her mourning of the wonderful musician’s passing.In Salzburg, Fischer-Dieskau was among those artists which gave the Festival its outstanding international reputation. He appeared at the Salzburg Festival no less than 123 times: 67 times in operas, in 50 recitals, three times as a conductor and three times as a narrator.

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