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Blog entries for "Whitsun"

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

published in: Opera, Whitsun

( 10 Apr 2015 ) 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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The ballet version "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is a jewel

published in: Whitsun

( 12 Mar 2015

Audiences and the press have never agreed more, and for so long: John Neumeier’s 1977 ballet version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most beautiful works. Indeed, it is an absolute jewel. “Entrancing enchantment, a magical mélange” is only one of the many headlines for Hamburg Ballet Director Neumeier’s smashingly successful production, which has once again returned to the stage.

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A Myth without Pathos

published in: Opera, Whitsun

( 9 Jan 2015 ) 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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Cecilia Bartoli’s contract as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival is extended to 2021

published in: Whitsun

( 28 Nov 2014 ) Tonight, Cecilia Bartoli presents her new album St. Petersburg at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and already it promises to break sales records. Cecilia Bartoli, Helga Rabl-Stadler and Markus Hinterhäuser will take advantage of the occasion to make an announcement which is equally pleasing to the Festival, to Cecilia Bartoli and our audience: On May 21, 2013 Cecilia Bartoli extended her contract until 2016, throughout the duration of the directorate of Helga Rabl-Stadler and Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Today, the Festival leadership and Cecilia Bartoli announce their further cooperation starting with the artistic directorship of Markus Hinterhäuser in 2017.

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Individual Tickets for the 2015 Whitsun Festival already Available for Online Purchase

published in: Whitsun

( 14 Nov 2014 ) Tickets for the 2015 Whitsun Festival are already available for individual sale, not only as subscriptions, but for any performance with tickets still available. The programme includes such highlights as Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with Cecilia Bartoli and Christopher Maltman, or the ballet performance A Midsummer Night’s Dream by John Neumeier, based on William Shakespeare, featuring the Hamburg Ballet and the Mozarteum Orchestra – and there are still tickets available for some performances. Secure your tickets now, and enjoy the Whitsun Festival, this year under the motto “Thus I will call upon all gods”!

Third Salzburg Festival Ball • Cecilia Bartoli Sings at the Opening Concert

published in: Festival Ball, Whitsun

( 12 Jun 2014 ) The Salzburg Festival Ball will resemble a glittering fairy-tale for the third time on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The Motto is “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella). The opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, having just elicited wildly enthusiastic reactions from the Whitsun Festival audience, will also be performed during the last weekend of the Festival season. Celebrated as Cinderella Angelina on stage at the Haus für Mozart, an appearance by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli crowns the festive concert opening the Festival Ball at the Felsenreitschule.

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Thus I will call upon all gods

published in: Whitsun

( 10 Jun 2014 ) With her charisma and her excellence, Cecilia Bartoli sweeps audiences, fellow artists and staff off their feet. Due to her plethora of ideas, the Whitsun Festival has reached a new dimension, artistically and economically. Responsible for the festival’s business aspects as I am, of course I welcome sold-out houses. We will be able to celebrate a new record attendance at Whitsun 2014,” declares Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival. Find more information about the exciting programme of the Whitsun Festival 2015!

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Rossiniesque Fireworks Inspire Roaring Applause from Audience • Increase in Attendance

published in: Whitsun

( 10 Jun 2014 ) With cleverly chosen works and indomitable artistic energy, Artistic Director Cecilia Bartoli proved once again that Salzburg is an international beacon at Whitsuntide too, the musical place to be. Within five days, the enthusiastic audience experienced two staged opera productions for the first time: the new production La Cenerentola and Otello as well as six concerts, a gala dinner and the exhibition Rossinimania, as well as performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Without exception, the invited artists created the kind of musical fireworks that a festival requires and is defined by. 

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Presentation of the 2014 Salzburg Festival Editions

published in: Whitsun, General

( 5 Jun 2014 ) In anticipation of the 2014 Whitsun Festival, Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler hosted the traditional presentation and tasting of the Salzburg Festival Special Editions at the SalzburgKulisse, Haus für Mozart. The Salzburg Festival presented the Festival Wines, the Festival Pils and, for the very first time, the Salzburg Festival Cuvée Brut from the Schlumberger Wineries.

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Cecilia Bartoli as Cenerentola at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival

published in: Whitsun

( 4 Jun 2014 ) The centrepiece of this year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival, which takes place under the artistic directorship of Cecilia Bartoli and the motto “Rossinissimo!”, is the opera La Cenerentola. Directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi, the fairy-tale of Cinderella will appear in a new guise on the stage of the Haus für Mozart.

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