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Impressive Result of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2012

28 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:45 h;
published in: Whitsun

“I am profoundly happy about Cecilia Bartoli’s enthusiasm, her unflagging passion for music and her wealth of ideas,” said Artistic Director Alexander Pereira. More than 10,500 visitors from 39 nations will have attended the 2012 Salzburg Whitsun Festival by tonight. This equals a share of 96% of tickets sold, confirming that the new concept has met with full audience approval.“It is a Whitsun miracle for the Salzburg Festival too. An enormous artistic success, thanks to the wonderful Cecilia Bartoli and the artists and programs chosen by her.” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler exclaimed. 

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Program for Whitsun Festival 2013 Announced

25 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:38 h;
published in: Whitsun

At a press conference, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira presented the program for the next Whitsun Festival in 2013. The overarching theme for the coming year is the topic of “sacrifice”. Cecilia Bartoli, the Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival, is especially interested in the ambiguity which becomes apparent when one translates the German term Opfer: “Thus, in English, it means both ‘sacrifice’ and ‘victim’. But in fact and truth, isn’t the difference in most cases a matter of perspective? After all, there can be no sacrifice without someone or something being sacrificed, without an offering – the question is only on which side one finds oneself.” (Cecilia Bartoli)

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Mojca Erdmann and Cecilia Bartoli replace Anna Netrebko, who had to cancel her appearance due to illness

23 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  19:00 h;
published in: Whitsun

Programme change for the concert Cleopatra orientale on May 28 at 6:00 pm at the Großes Festspielhaus. Cecilia Bartoli, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, says: “For the first time in my career, I feel two hearts beat in my breast: the familiar singer’s heart, and the new heart of the artistic director. Who, if not I as a singer, can understand better how Anna feels? 

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Cleopatra culinaria: Egyptian Dinner

21 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:20 h;
published in: Whitsun

What manner of homage to the legendary queen of the senses would be complete without a banquet featuring Egyptian food and Egyptian music? After the performance of Giulio Cesare in Egitto on May 27, the Salzburg Festival hosts an Egyptian Dinner.

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Liz Taylor meets Monica Bellucci: Cleopatra hollywoodiana

7 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:38 h;
published in: Whitsun

Under the title "Cleopatra hollywoodiana", a film marathon takes place from May 19 to 28 in cooperation with Salzburg’s center for film culture, DAS KINO. Accompanying the opera action in the Festival district, DAS KINO will screen a selection of the most fascinating Cleopatra films made between 1912 and 2002, reflecting the general theme of this year’s Whitsun Festival.

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Cléopâtre – Jules Massenet’s last opera score

4 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:24 h;
published in: Whitsun

Jules Massenet – author of Le Roi de Lahore (Paris, Opéra 1877), of Hérodiade (1881) and Manon (Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1884), of Le Cid (Paris, Opéra, 1885) and Esclarmonde (Paris, Opéra, 1889) as well as Werther (Vienna, Court Opera, 1892) – was able to claim the reputation of being France’s most frequently performed opera composer for several decades.

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Cleopatra and the Snake

5 MAR 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:33 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun

This year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival is dominated by Queen Cleopatra. The great Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin has been commissioned to write a work about this mythical figure. His narration combines old and new elements, is inspired by Shakespeare and allows Anna Netrebko to sing in her mother tongue. The mini-opera offers a universal story, replete with grand drama and fresh text. Brigitte Kempen (Opernglas) met Rodion Shchedrin in Munich, to learn more about this upcoming world premiere.

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Alexander Pereira begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the Festival, Sven-Eric Bechtolf is the new Director of Drama

1 OCT 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:30 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, Whitsun, General

Since today, October 1, 2011, Alexander Pereira is the new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival. At the same time, Sven-Eric Bechtolf becomes Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival. President Helga Rabl-Stadler will continue to be responsible for the business agenda of the Festival. On November 11, the new Directorate will introduce the audience to the program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

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Cleopatra – In the Labyrinth of Eros and Power

29 SEP 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:00 h;
published in: Whitsun, General

Cecilia Bartoli, the new Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival, has chosen Cleopatra, the legendary woman with a thousand faces, as the theme of her first program. The opulent musical journey (from May 25 to 28, 2012) includes a scenic opera production, a reading and many high-carat concerts with Anna Netrebko, Andreas Scholl, Vesselina Kasarova, Piotr Beczala and many other outstanding artists.

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La Scuola Napoletana – The Grand Finale with Riccardo Muti

13 JUN 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:55 h;
published in: Whitsun, General

“Riccardo Muti – il grande finale – the 2011 Salzburg Whitsun Festival did even more justice to this poster slogan than we had promised,“ Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said after the touching final applause for the Cherubini Requiem on Monday. Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser said: “The goals of the five-year project with Riccardo Muti have not only been fulfilled, but exceeded." Both in cultural and economic terms, this year’s Whitsun Festival was the most successful since 1998, the year the Salzburg Festival took over the event from the Salzburg Easter Festival. With over 7,600 tickets sold, the sales topped the average of past years.

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