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Mourning the Death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt

6 MAR 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:25 h;
published in: General

“Nikolaus Harnoncourt, that passionate torch-bearer, will be missed – we miss him already. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family, especially his wife Alice, in this dark hour. She was the person of his life, his irreplaceable private and professional partner. The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which he was to conduct on July 25 at the Festival will be dedicated to his memory. The black banner flies over our house, where he gave us so many unforgettable hours.” With these words Helga Rabl-Stadler and Sven-Eric Bechtolf, the Salzburg Festival Directorate, mourn the death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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Laura Marzadori • Concertmaster at the Age of 25

29 FEB 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:06 h;
published in: Concert, General

The Filarmonica della Scala performs on August 22, 2016 under Riccardo Chailly at the Großes Festspielhaus. At the age of only 25, the Italian Laura Marzadori was named the orchestra’s concertmaster in 2014. We spoke to her about the sound of the orchestra, Salzburg and extraordinary performance venues, and Riccardo Chailly, the new principal conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala, with her.

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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

22 FEB 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:47 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

The Salzburg Festival has always been a major initiator of new works. During the upcoming Festival summer, you may look forward to four world premieres: works by Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Friedrich Cerha and Mark Simpson will be performed for the very first time.

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Salzburg and Sokolov • New Album: Schubert/Beethoven

14 JAN 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:11 h;
published in: Concert, General

For more than 20 years, Grigory Sokolov refused to make any CD recordings whatsoever. For his first release (2014) after this long period, the Russian pianist chose a concert he gave at the Salzburg Festival in 2008: his album The Salzburg Recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin was celebrated by critics worldwide and won a coveted ECHO Classic Award. Only one year later, his new album follows: Sokolov: Schubert/Beethoven, released on January 15, 2016 by Deutsche Grammphon as part of the series Salzburg Festival Documents. 

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In memoriam Pierre Boulez

6 JAN 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:53 h;
published in: General

“For months, we have feared this announcement. Pierre Boulez is dead. The music world has lost on of its very greatest. Without him the history of music since 1945 would be different. And Salzburg is one of the places he made Festival history as a conductor and composer,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. 1960 saw his debut as a conductor and composer at the Festival. 

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Merry Christmas and a good start to the year 2016!

18 DEC 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:30 h;
published in: General

We wish all the Salzburg Festival’s friends and guests a peaceful Christmas with your family and a good start to the New Year!

We would also like to point out that you can submit your ticket orders for the summer festival until January 7. All orders received by this deadline will be treated as equal. Why not use the holidays to peruse the programme and let the Ticket Office know your wishes – either online, via email to info@salzburgfestival.at or by mail to the Salzburg Festival Ticket Office, Herbert von Karajan Platz 11, P.O. Box 140, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. If you can't decide right now: Order some vouchers for the Salzburg Festival in our online shop!

The Salzburg Festival looks forward to sharing a new and fascinating year with you! 

The Salzburg Festival Mourns the Passing of Luc Bondy

29 NOV 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:57 h;
published in: General

We owe much to him, as a human being and an artist.
With SalomeLe nozze di FigaroDas Gleichgewicht and Charlotte Salomon, he created four unforgettable productions in Salzburg, and we were always in touch about new projects which will now, alas, never happen. 
Luc Bondy was a playful and profound human being, an homme de lettres and a man of life. A lover, a player, a wise man.

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Children’s and Youth Programme 2016

5 NOV 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:05 h;
published in: General

The fact that Salzburg is occasionally a magical place can be experienced first-hand by our youngest guests, as they discover this year’s children’s opera The Fairy Queen, produced especially for the Salzburg Festival. The audience is taken on a journey into the magical world of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. The opera, lasting approximately 60 minutes, has been conceived based on motifs from William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

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The Festival Summer of 2015 • “Thank you” from the Directorate

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:05 h;
published in: General

“The Festival summer of 2015 came to an end. We have to give thanks: First of all, to our audience, which reacted with such interest and enthusiasm to most of our events. Then to all the wonderful artists and our staff, whose outstanding abilities and passionate engagement are what makes this festival possible.”

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The 2015 Salzburg Festival in Figures

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:04 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

In order to present 188 performances, this summer the artists rehearsed for 220 days: 735 hours in the drama department, 1,320 hours for the opera productions and 551 hours in the concert department. The costume workshops produced 1,550 costumes. 7,000 invoices were processed by the administration; 1,500 light bulbs illuminated the stages and backstage areas. 48,000 kilograms of steel were used.

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