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Die Eroberung von Mexico • Conversations with the Opera’s Composer, Conductor and Director

8 JUN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Opera

After the celebrated world premiere of Dionysos at the 2010 Salzburg Festival, this year Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico will be performed. Click here to read extracts from interviews with the composer, the conductor Ingo Metzmacher, who led the world premiere of this opera in Hamburg in 1992, and the director Peter Konwitschny.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • An Opera of Enlightenment

13 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:45 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Whitsun

Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragedy in four acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be staged at Whitsun and at the Salzburg Festival in summer. Who is this Iphigénie whose fate inspired not only Christoph Willibald Gluck but also artists like Goethe, Racine, Handel, Tommaso Traetta and Niccolò Jommelli?

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Young Singers Project 2015

5 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

In 2008 the Young Singers Project was inaugurated, with the goal of enabling young singers from all over the world to further their education on an international level. Like all its other elements, the Salzburg Festival’s education programmes follow the motto set by one of its founders: “Opera and theatre – the best of both” (Hugo von Hofmannsthal).

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“The role is a good fit” – Golda Schultz as Sophie in Der “Rosenkavalier”

16 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:18 h;
published in: Opera

“That’s the Way to Run a Festival!” was the headline of a major Austrian newspaper last year, on the occasion of the premiere of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Harry Kupfer. Thus, there are many reasons to experience Der Rosenkavalier this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. One new element of the production, however, is the South African soprano Golda Schultz, and she alone is worth attending the revival.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

10 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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Plácido Domingo • Gala Concert Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Salzburg Debut

3 MAR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:55 h;
published in: Opera, Concert

Plácido Domingo has decided to retire the role of Conte di Luna from his repertoire and has therefore cancelled all respective performances in Berlin, Milan and Salzburg. Fortunately, it will still be possible to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Salzburg debut with a gala concert at the Festival. 

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A Myth without Pathos

9 JAN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:59 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

What unites Cleopatra, Norma, Cenerentola and Iphigénie? Cecilia Bartoli creates studies of moving fates with passion. An interview with Cecilia Bartoli about her role debut in the title role of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

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The Salzburg Festival in Numbers

8 JAN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:18 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert

Summer 2015! July 18 to August 30! 188 performances! 44 days! 12 performance venues! That is what the Salzburg Festival looks like from a slightly different perspective: broken down to numbers.

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PETER KONWITSCHNY to direct Die Eroberung von Mexico, replacing LUC BONDY

19 DEC 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:23 h;
published in: Opera

The Salzburg Festival regrets to announce that Luc Bondy finds himself unable to direct the production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for reasons of scheduling as well as personal ones. At the same time, we are happy to announce that we have been able to convince Peter Konwitschny to take on this production as director.

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Public Screening of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier in Japan

7 DEC 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  21:58 h;
published in: Opera, General

Japan and Austria, Kawasaki and Salzburg – two art-loving countries, two twin cities. Cultural exchange through Public Screenings: on Sunday, December 7, Kawasaki, a metropolis of millions close to Tokyo, showed the 2014 Salzburg Festival’s production of Der Rosenkavalier on a large-format public screen – befitting during the anniversary year of its composer.

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