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Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Hangar-7 • A Very Special Opera Experience

7 JAN 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:55 h;
published in: Opera

On August 26, Hangar-7 at the Salzburg Airport will be transformed into an event location resounding with culture, when Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, produced especially for TV viewers in coproduction with ServusTV, is broadcast live from there.

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Salzburg’s Mozart Cycle

17 DEC 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
published in: Opera

Due to the unforeseen situation, we have spent the past few days searching intensively not only for a new conductor for Così fan tutte, but also for the entire Mozart cycle. We are delighted to announce that the original concept – of working with one conductor, one stage director and an ensemble that is essentially the same throughout the cycle – can be maintained. Christoph Eschenbach has kindly agreed to collaborate on this cycle with Sven-Eric Bechtolf during the upcoming years.

Both artists have known each other for many years and are friends. Having heard outstandingly sensitive Mozart interpretations from Christoph Eschenbach throughout recent years, I am convinced that the cycle is in excellent hands. 

Alexander Pereira

The new 2013 Festival program

7 NOV 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:15 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

A thousand thanks for all the interest and enthusiasm with which you greeted our new start in 2012. And special thanks for your spontaneous support of the new elements we presented in our programme – from the Ouverture spirituelle to our contemporary music series and to the highly acclaimed production of Die Soldaten. With 278.500 guests we were able to receive the greatest number of visitors in the Festival’s history.

We are confident that many surprises are awaiting you in the programme of the 2013 Festival summer. A dominant theme is formed by the works of Wagner and Verdi: operas from their middle and later periods are being staged in new productions while select early operas are being performed in concert.

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Applications now accepted for the Young Singers Project!

4 OCT 2012

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

Are you a soprano, tenor or bass and under 26 years of age? If you are at home in the repertoire of Mozart, in baroque, Italian and French opera, apply now to participate in the Young Singers Project in 2013!

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Alessio Arduini – A Young Musician in the Midst of the Festival

22 AUG 2012

by Alessio Arduini  11:06 h;
published in: General, Opera

La bohème – the premiere is over and all the performances have taken place. Read the thoughts of the young singer Alessio Arduini, who plays the role of Schaunard, on the production of La bohème and what the Salzburg Festival experience has given him here. 

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Die Soldaten – The Horses are Saddled and the Premiere is About to Take Place

20 AUG 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:48 h;
published in: Opera

With its huge cast, the opera production Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann has reached the end of its rehearsal period. Apart from 120 musicians, 22 singers and 18 actors, several horses are also involved in the production. Alvis Hermanis and Ingo Metzmacher have taken on the difficult work, staging it at the Felsenreitschule. 

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opera viva – the name says it all: opera is sensual and fascinating and full of life!

7 AUG 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:00 h;
published in: Opera

One cannot start learning about opera early enough. The stage director, author and musician Klaudia Kadlec has worked in opera education for children for many years – the project which made her well-known is the interactive opera viva. Working closely with great opera houses and festivals, she combats the cliché that opera is only for grownups. opera viva: opera lives! Also, and especially, for kids. A premiere at the Salzburg Festival this year!

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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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The Triumph of an Epochal Work • Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann

14 JUL 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:00 h;
published in: Opera

Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten, which had its world premiere in Cologne in 1965, is often mentioned in the same breath as Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Both works share the same high compositional standard, and their protest against violence and perfidy as well as their belief in human dignity send a humane and timeless message. Zimmermann’s stage work, one of the outstanding creations of modern musical theater, provides a characteristic accent in the opera program of this year’s festival. Staged by Alvis Hermanis, featuring a crowd of first-rate soloists and the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, it will see five performances at the Felsenreitschule – an appropriate location for a work that easily transcends the boundaries of a normal picture-frame stage.

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Das Labyrinth, der zweyte Theil der Zauberflöte – Insights from Stage Director Alexandra Liedtke

13 JUL 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:39 h;
published in: Opera

1798 saw the premiere of Das Labyrinth, der zweyte Theil der Zauberflöte in Vienna – the sequel to Die Zauberflöte. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Emanuel Schikaneder’s death, the Salzburg Festival presents this heroic and comic opera at the Residenzhof. Alexandra Liedtke directs and discusses the preparatory rehearsals and her ideas about the production in a video. 

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