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Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor

The Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor appears in major concerts and opera productions at the Salzburg Festival and at the town’s Landestheater, offering children and teenagers unforgettable impressions of professional theatre work as well as thorough all-year training in singing and music. The choir currently numbers around 120 young Austrian and German singers aged between six and sixteen.
Apart from its own appearances, the choir has been heard at the Salzburg Festival under renowned con­ductors like Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bertrand de Billy, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Gustavo Dudamel, John Eliot Gardiner and Franz Welser-Möst, performing with the following international orchestras and choirs: Vienna Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Monteverdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists.
Recent productions in which the choir has appeared at the Salzburg Festival include Die Frau ohne Schatten, Macbeth, Carmen, La bohème and Das Labyrinth – Der Zauberflöte zweyter Theil as well as Der Rosenkavalier. In 2013 the choir has taken part in some of the most demanding works for children’s choir in the whole of the concert repertory, including Mahler’s Eighth and Third Symphonies under Gustavo Dudamel and Britten’s War Requiem. In May 2014 the choir staged a major production of its own at the Salzburg Landestheater, when it performs Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu (familiar to English-speaking cinema-goers as The Chorus).
The choir will also be appearing in performances of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the 2015 Salzburg Festival as well as in Jules Massenet’s Werther.

The music director of the Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor is Wolfgang Götz, Regina Sgier is its vocal coach. 

For further information and applications, please email kinderchor@salzburgfestival.at.

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EDITORIAL

“Friends, this way, come this way, this is the place!”

Thus, Fiorello invites the musicians to accompany Count Almaviva during his serenade at the very beginning of the opera The Barber of Seville. And thus, we invite our young friends to discover the Salzburg Festival as THE place where everyone can join in!
On the one hand, we wish to awaken our young audience to the world of theatre, of opera and classical music – a world full of adventure, imagination and sound, where magical moments wait to be experienced. Specially developed performance formats, workshops, opera camps, youth tickets at reduced prices, student projects and age-appropriate introductory events for children and young people are all designed to spark and nurture an enjoyment and understanding of music and theatre.
On the other hand, we also wish to actively support young artists. The Salzburg Festival is an accelerator and launch-pad for artistic careers, but also offers the space and time for very different artist characters to unfold gradually. This important responsibility is addressed by our Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir, the Young Singers Project and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, all of which present numerous public concerts and master classes.
Our favourite goal is to create those happy moments in which both groups – young artists and young audience members – meet and give each other the gift of unique experiences: for example when members of the Young Singers Project win the hearts of their young audiences by performing this year’s children’s opera The Barber of Seville, and when those young audience members motivate the performers to give their very best.
There is much to discover at the Salzburg Festival, and we are delighted to present the following children’s and youth programme for the 2015 season to you. May it spark joy and enthusiasm for opera, concerts and drama!