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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 and Gustavo Dudamel, performing with the following international orchestras: Vienna Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

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 Jeanne dArc (concert performance). 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 will stage 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 Der Rosenkavalier at the 2014 Salzburg Festival (on August 1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23) under Zubin Mehta as well as in Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (July 19) under John Eliot Gardiner. In addition, there will be two joint concerts with the Mozart Children’s Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg at the town’s Collegiate Church, when the programme will include a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Sparrow Mass’.


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

From 2008 on, working for and with the younger generation is one of the focal points of the Salzburg Festival program. Everybody complains that parents and schools are failing to educate children and teenagers about and for art. Many lament that the “event” is the only thing that counts these days. Others despair because the so-called “high culture” seems to be aging with its audiences. The Festival, however, will take action. On the one hand, we will actively promote young artists – our most spectacular project is the Young Singers Project. On the other hand, we want to cultivate a new audience. Youth camps, affordable youth tickets, student projects and accompanying events specifically aimed at younger audiences are meant to inspire and develop their joy and understanding of music.