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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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Opening and Review of Five Successful Years

10 JUN 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:25 h;
published in: Whitsun, General

Today, Friday, June 10, 2011, is the opening night premiere of the Whitsun Festival. Once again, the centerpiece of the Whitsun Festival consists of two productions conducted by Riccardo Muti: I due Figaro (1826), a melodramma buffo by Saverio Mercadante, and the Requiem in C-Minor (1816) by Luigi Cherubini. At the same time, this is the last stage of the musical journey of the Italian Maestro through the Neapolitan School. At a press conference, Riccardo Muti, Markus Hinterhäuser, Helga Rabl-Stadler and Jürgen Flimm summarized five successful years.

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Wine Makes a Guest Appearance

9 JUN 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:54 h;
published in: Whitsun, General

The Salzburg Festival stands for exquisite quality, the highest level and long-grown traditions – including in its Festival wine. The presentation of the wines has been a highlight at the opening of the Whitsun Festival for years now, and takes place this year on the same evening as the premiere of I due Figaro. In 2011, two renowned vintners were chosen again: Fred Loimer from Langenlois in the Kamptal and Gernot Heinrich from Gols in the Burgenland are well-known beyond the Austrian borders, and their wines grace the wine lists in the world’s best restaurants. The certified beer sommelier Markus Trinker brewed the popular Festival Pilsner.

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Riccardo Muti Awarded Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011

17 MAR 2011

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

The Swedish Birgit Nilsson Foundation has announced that conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the world’s highest cash prize in the music field: the Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011. In a first reaction, the conductor professed himself “deeply touched. For 40 years, Riccardo Muti has enjoyed a close cooperation with the Salzburg Festival. This year, he is one of the busiest artists of the Festival.

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