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World Premiere • Charlotte Salomon‘s Leben? oder Theater? Transformed into an Opera

12 DEC 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:27 h;
published in: Drama

The Salzburg Festival looks forward to a very special world premiere as part of the coming season’s programme. Under the baton of composer Marc-André Dalbavie and directed by Luc Bondy, the life story and artistic oeuvre of Charlotte Salomon will become the basis of an opera. In her fascinating work Leben? oder Theater?, a unique combination of images, texts and musical quotations, the young Jewish artist tried to come to terms with the dramatic events of her life. This work inspired Dalbavie for his composition.

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The Salzburg Festival congratulates Hossam Mahmoud on winning the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg

19 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:36 h;
published in: Concert, General

Hossam Mahmoud commissioned to write Seelenfäden for the 2014 Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is delighted that the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg has been awarded to Hossam Mahmoud. During the 2014 Festival summer, the Ouverture spirituelle and the series Salzburg contemporary will each feature one of the composer’s works. “This decision by the jury results in double encouragement for Hossam Mahmoud's creative work during difficult times: on the one hand, there is the 2014 programming of the Salzburg Festival, on the other, this important and generously endowed prize of the State of Salzburg,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler emphasises.

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Historian Christopher Clark to give Keynote Address at the 2014 Festival Opening

12 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:35 h;
published in: General

 “Who would not want to come to Salzburg?” This was the Australian historian Christopher Clark’s answer to the invitation to give the keynote address at the Salzburg Festival on July 27, 2014. In his much-lauded new book The Sleepwalkers, the 53-year-old Cambridge professor describes how Europe went into World War I. 

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President Helga Rabl-Stadler About Art as Necessity

6 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:02 h;
published in: General

‘Every art needs two: one who makes it and one who needs it.’ Thus, Ernst Barlach – sculptor, draughtsman and author – described the existential relationship which also characterizes the Salzburg Festival’s essence. Max Reinhardt described this relationship differently, but no less vividly when he argued for the Festival’s founding in 1917. He spoke of art ‘not as a luxury for the rich and sated, but as food for the needy’. 

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The New Drama Programme 2014 – Presented by Sven-Eric Bechtolf

6 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:01 h;
published in: Drama, General

Dear Audience,

We are delighted to present the 2014 theatre programme, which on this occasion is devoted almost entirely to a single subject: precisely one hundred years ago Europe threw itself into a war which is now regarded as the primary catastrophe of recent history. 

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Artistic Director Alexander Pereira about the Festival Programme 2014

6 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
published in: Opera, General

Dear, honoured Festival guests!

It is with great pleasure that I present our events of the 2014 Festival summer to you. As every year, we will try to give the most important artists of our time a home in Salzburg for six weeks – in a density that would be impossible to achieve anywhere in the world but in Salzburg. In my view, this is what the fascination of the artistic attraction of this Festival is all about. This summer, we present to you five opera premieres with hand-picked casts. 

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8 OCT 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:39 h;
published in: General

In September 2013, the number of officially registered Syrian refugees rose to more than two million people, over half of them women and children. According to the UNHCR, 7,000 new refugees are registered every day. The onset of winter has become an endurance test: blankets, warm clothes, heaters and fuel are urgently needed.

In order to alleviate the suffering of Syria’s civilian population, the Salzburg Festival supports the Caritas Refugee Aid this year by donating 78,860 Euros.

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Markus Hinterhäuser appointed Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival

25 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:45 h;
published in: General

Starting on October 1, 2016, Markus Hinterhäuser will be the Salzburg Festival’s Artistic Director; his contract runs for five years, until September 30, 2021. The contract of Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler has been extended for another three years (from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2017). These decisions were made by the Salzburg Festival’s Supervisory Board today, Wednesday, September 25. Its meeting was chaired by Section Director Mag. Andrea Ecker of the Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture.

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A Loving Enabler of Modernity

19 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:47 h;
published in: General

Hans Landesmann constructed an important space for the present – remembering a creative innovator.

Hans Landesmann and Salzburg: this constellation was “a stroke of fortune for both sides,” said Salzburg’s Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler last year. At the time, she was delivering a speech on the occasion of the cultural manager’s 80th birthday. On Wednesday evening, the Salzburg Festival had the sad duty to announce the passing of this long-term member of its Directorate: Hans Landesmann died of a severe illness at the age of 81.

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280 Performances in 45 Days at 14 Performance Venues

1 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:42 h;
published in: General

The 1400 children and teenagers of El Sistema from Venezuela caused a storm of enthusiasm. Another extraordinary success was the new production of Jedermann – only the eleventh since 1920. The Ouverture spirituelle brought an opening towards the Shinto and Buddhist world view. The concert performances of operas by Verdi and Wagner, the Mahler Symphonies and the oratorios by Joseph Haydn – to name only a few highlights of this summer, apart from the new scenic productions – found an echo that can be described numerically as follows: with 286,301 visitors, we registered the highest number of visitors since the founding of the Salzburg Festival 93 years ago.

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