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SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Rossiniesque Fireworks Inspire Roaring Applause from Audience • Increase in Attendance

10 JUN 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:59 h;
published in: Whitsun

Grand Rossini Gala 2014 • Alexander Pereira, José Carreras, Cecilia Bartoli (Photo: SF/Silvia Lelli)
Attendance Statistics:
An increase of 6% compared to the previous year means that 14,300 persons from 54 countries attended the 2014 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. This means a percentage of sold seats of 96%. After Austria, Germany and Switzerland, France became the country with the fourth-largest contingent of visitors, before Russia in the fifth position. The dress rehearsal of the opera La Cenerentola was attended by 400 teenagers from Salzburg’s schools.
The fairy-tale of La Cenerentola in its new reading by Damiano Michieletto and under the musical leadership of Jean-Christophe Spinosi made the audience dream, laugh and cheer. The recitals by Franco Fagioli, Joyce DiDonato and David Fray as well as Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle under Antonio Pappano’s baton enchanted listeners in the Mozarteum’s Main Auditorium.
At the Großes Festspielhaus, there were standing ovations for the matinee performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Libera Me by the quartet of soloists, Sonia Ganassi, Maria Agresta, Lawrence Brownlee and Erwin Schrott, and the same went for the gala concert of the audience magnet Cecilia Bartoli and her artist friends Vesselina Kasarova, José Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, Juan Diego Flórez, Carlos Chausson, the Mozarteum Orchestra under Ádám Fischer and many others. The subsequent gala dinner was created by the world-famous Basque chef Elena Arzak, flanked and supported by the award-winning chef Andreas Döllerer and his outstanding team. The proceeds from the grand gala concert and the gala dinner will be donated to the children’s foundation “Kinderseelenhilfe Pro Mente Salzburg”.
Further information about the results of the benefit of the Rossini Gala and subsequent Gala Dinner for Pro Mente Salzburg will be provided in a separate press release shortly.
The enchanting exhibition Rossinimania, Vienna 1822 can be visited until June 27 at the Schüttkasten, Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz (near the Ticket Office).
“We have managed to give Salzburg a Rossini feast and to make Rossini, an admirer of Mozart, resound and thrill,” Artistic Director Cecilia Bartoli said. “Most of all, I want to thank all the fantastic artists who accepted our invitation and made this Festival possible at such a high level.”
“I am happy and thankful for Cecilia Bartoli’s enthusiasm, her uncompromising passion for music and her infinite wealth of ideas,” said Artistic Director Alexander Pereira.
“Cecilia Bartoli is the central power, the soul and the face of our Salzburg Whitsun Festival, an artistic and an economic success,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

ORF Ö1 recorded the piano matinee by David Fray.

Special thanks to Rolex, sponsor of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.

The Press Office accredited 73 journalists from 17 countries around the world.

The next Salzburg Whitsun Festival takes place from May 22 to 25, 2015 under the motto „Thus will I call upon the gods“.

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