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“The Festival Product is just right!” – New study on the economic importance of the Salzburg Festival

21 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:38 h;
posted in: General

The enormous economic importance of the Salzburg Festival for the region and all of Austria is demonstrated by a study conducted by the Center of Future Studies at Salzburg’s University of Applied Sciences, led by Dkfm. Bernd Gaubinger, which was presented today (December 21, 2011) during a press conference with Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler.

Providing 200 year-round jobs and more than 3,600 summer jobs, the Salzburg Festival is an important employer in the region. Its tax and social insurance contributions alone provide the state with more revenue than the sum of the subsidies paid to the Festival for the same year. “Ever since its founding, the Salzburg Festival has been the artistic and economic motor for an entire region. This motor is stronger today than ever: the overall economic effect has grown to 276 million Euros – more than ever before!” Helga Rabl-Stadler said.

At the same time, the analysis yielded impressive data about the characteristics of Festival visitors: the average Festival visitor from outside Salzburg stays in Salzburg for a week, attending four performances, frequenting a higher-class hotel in the city of Salzburg and spending a total of 2,220 Euros on accommodation, food, shopping and other expenses for the entire duration of his or her stay, plus an average of 550 Euros on Festival tickets. Most people attend Salzburg Festival performances in pairs, but stay in Salzburg during the Festival in groups of three. With an average of 18 previous visits to the Festival, this visitor can be called a long-term regular guest. “The Festival product is just right!”

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Peter von Matt To Give Keynote Address In 2012

19 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:55 h;
posted in: General

Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler have agreed that starting in 2012, the Festival will invite the speaker for the keynote address at the Festival’s opening ceremony. The keynote speaker for 2012 has already been chosen. Artistic Director Alexander Pereira suggested Peter von Matt, who has accepted.

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Salzburg Festival Mourns Death of Václav Havel

18 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:45 h;
posted in: General

“The Salzburg Festival mourns the passing of a wonderful writer, a courageous politician in difficult times, and an upright man,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said. In 1990, just after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Václav Havel gave the keynote address at the Festival’s Opening Ceremony.

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“Mojo” celebrates premiere at London’s Barbican

16 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:16 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Today, December 16, the Ensemble Theatre-Rites celebrates the premiere of Mojo at London’s Barbican. As part of the 2012 Salzburg Festival, the play for children (and adults) directed by Sue Buckmaster will also be performed in Salzburg. We bring you a brief preview of this enchanting co-production.

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The Salzburg Festival continues its successful cooperation with the Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus

14 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:10 h;
posted in: Opera,General

The Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus has been appearing without interruption at the Salzburg Festival’s opera performances and concerts since 1923.  On December 13, two members of the Executive Committee of the Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Dr. Eliza Marian-Zurmann and Michael Knapp, as well as Festival president Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler and Artistic Director Alexander Pereira signed a framework cooperation agreement for the coming five years.

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Bienvenue à Paris!

8 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:41 h;
posted in: General

This week, the Salzburg Festival paid its respects to its friends in Paris. After 15 years, the Festival program could finally be presented again at the heart of the Grande Nation

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Successful Presentation by the “Friends” in Munich

2 DEC2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:29 h;
posted in: General

This week, the “Friends of the Salzburg Festival” invited their Munich-based supporters to the Künstlerhaus am Lenbachplatz in order to present the 2012 Festival program. 300 Friends heard from Artistic Director Alexander Pereira, Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler and Director of Drama Sven-Eric Bechtolf what to expect from the 2012 season of the Salzburg Festival …

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Award for Siemens Festival>Nights

24 NOV2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:20 h;
posted in: General

Since 1989, the Economic Committee IWK has presented the Austrian Arts Sponsorship Prize MAECENAS every year, in cooperation with ORF and with the support of the Chamber of Commerce. Siemens Austria has received the Recognition Prize in the category “Long-Term Sponsoring” for the Siemens Festival>Nights as part of the Salzburg Festival, a series of events that has become a beloved Festival tradition.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Sena Jurinac

23 NOV2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:06 h;
posted in: Opera,General

“Sena Jurinac gave the Festival magic moments for which both audiences and critics celebrated her in equal measure” – with these words, Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler expressed her sadness at the passing of this wonderful singer. In Salzburg during the post-war period, she was among the artists who gave the Festival its outstanding international reputation.

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1 Million Dollars for the ZAUBERFLÖTE (MAGIC FLUTE) on Period Instruments

16 NOV2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:46 h;
posted in: Opera,General

This is the wonderful result of the fundraising campaign of the American Friends of the Salzburg Festival in New York. This project was taken on by the Salzburg Festival Society represented by Gerhard Andlinger and Isabelle Harnoncourt two months after the nomination of Artistic Director Alexander Pereira in 2009.

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Grand Theatrical Magic – The Program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival

11 NOV2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:10 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

On November 11, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira and Director of Drama Sven-Eric Bechtolf unveiled the eagerly anticipated program of the next Salzburg Festival, together with President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The new artistic leadership team presents new productions of classics of opera and literature, numerous world premieres and several innovations.

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Reorientation of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and Extension of Nestlé’s Sponsorship

7 OCT2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  05:00 h;
posted in: Concert,General

At a press conference in Zurich, essential new developments for the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” were announced: the award will be expanded by an Award Concert Weekend in April, and conductor Ingo Metzmacher becomes chairman of the jury.

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Alexander Pereira begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the Festival, Sven-Eric Bechtolf is the new Director of Drama

1 OCT2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  05:30 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,Whitsun,General

Since today, October 1, 2011, Alexander Pereira is the new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival. At the same time, Sven-Eric Bechtolf becomes Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival. President Helga Rabl-Stadler will continue to be responsible for the business agenda of the Festival. On November 11, the new Directorate will introduce the audience to the program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

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Cleopatra – In the Labyrinth of Eros and Power

29 SEP2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:00 h;
posted in: Whitsun,General

Cecilia Bartoli, the new Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival, has chosen Cleopatra, the legendary woman with a thousand faces, as the theme of her first program. The opulent musical journey (from May 25 to 28, 2012) includes a scenic opera production, a reading and many high-carat concerts with Anna Netrebko, Andreas Scholl, Vesselina Kasarova, Piotr Beczala and many other outstanding artists.

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The Final Chapter

30 AUG2011

by Alek Shrader  06:24 h;
posted in: Opera,General

The time has come. It’s the big finish, the grand finale, the end. I want to say thank you to Salzburg, the Festival, the cast and crew of Così, and all you brave readers out there for a great summer. As I sit here in my attic apartment, in a full-body sweat with fans blasting to no avail, I can’t help but wish we had more time together. 

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Jedermann prepares to die – for the 600th time

29 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:00 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Without fail, he attracts audiences every year – since 1920. Jedermann is a unique and rare success story. And the story of the rich dandy who has to account for himself is still popular after more than 90 years. On August 29, the successful play is performed for the 600th time at the Salzburg Festival.


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Eine erfolgreiche Saison geht zu Ende

28 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  14:33 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Nur noch zwei Opernabende stehen für unser Orchester auf dem Programm der diesjährigen, sehr erfolgreichen Festspiele in Salzburg. Berichten möchte ich noch kurz von unserer alljährlichen liebenswerten Tradition, in einer der letzten Salzburg-Proben die in den Ruhestand tretenden Kollegen im Kreise des Orchesters zu verabschieden …

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Gert Voss: Honor, Award, Film Premiere

27 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:12 h;
posted in: Concert,General

On Friday, August 26, 2011, the film premiere of Scheitern, scheitern, besser scheitern! with Gert Voss and Harald Schmitt took place at DAS KINO Salzburg at 8:30 pm. After this, the character actor Gert Voss received the Kurier’s Romy Award and the Grand Decoration of Honor of the State of Salzburg.

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Final Press Conference of the 2011 Salzburg Festival

26 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:38 h;
posted in: General

Today, August 26, saw the final press conference of the 2011 Salzburg Festival. Figures and facts on the highly successful summer season were presented to the press. The percentage of seats sold is projected at 95% and the number of visitors at 251,062 – thus, this summer’s Festival was once again particularly popular with the audience. 

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Decoration of Honor for Director of Drama Thomas Oberender

25 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:10 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller presented the Grand Decoration of Honor of the State of Salzburg to Thomas Oberender on August 24. The Director of Drama of the Salzburg Festival, who will be leaving this position shortly, was honored for his professional, artistically valuable and extremely successful services to the Festival by the Landeshauptfrau.

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Symphony of a Missing Room wins Montblanc Young Directors Award

24 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
posted in: Drama,General

The jury has decided – the winners of this year’s Montblanc Young Directors Award are Christer Lundahl and Martina Seitl. This morning, they accepted the prize for the best director for their piece Symphony of a Missing Room, a poetic tour of Salzburg’s Museum der Moderne. 

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Endspurt bei den Festspielen

23 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  07:26 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Der Endspurt bei den Festspielen hat begonnen: Für die Wiener Philharmoniker ist vergangene Woche die letzte Opernpremiere (Don Giovanni) erfolgreich über die Bühne gegangen. So neigt sich ein Sommer, in dem wir Künstler unsere Erfahrungen in verschiedensten Stilrichtungen einbringen – so wie auch viele neue sammeln konnten –, dem Ende zu.

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Clemens Krauss Medal for Festival President

22 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:30 h;
posted in: General

Since 1977, the Concert Association Vienna State Opera Chorus  has awarded the Clemens Krauss Medal to personalities who have distinguished themselves with special service to the Concert Association. This year, the honor goes to Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler. The ceremony took place on August 22 at the SalzburgKulisse at the Haus für Mozart.

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Song Recital 4: Keenlyside replaces Quasthoff

22 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:40 h;
posted in: Concert,General

On August 22 at 8:30 pm, the fourth song recital of this year’s Salzburg Festival takes place. Due to illness, Thomas Quasthoff has been forced to cancel his performance in Salzburg. We are very happy that Simon Keenlyside has agreed to perform the same repertoire in his stead: Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, settings of poems by Wilhelm Müller – with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the piano. 

Attack of the pineapple juice: a cautionary tale

20 AUG2011

by Alek Shrader  17:00 h;
posted in: Opera,General

While I am prone to stay indoors and enjoy the rainy weather, much has happened: Most recently, I had a crisis with my computer. In a bout of clumsiness, I spilt pineapple juice over my laptop. As a laptop is an important piece of equipment for any international traveler, I quickly decided this was a mistake and followed the “Dang, I’ve Just Murdered My Laptop With Liquid” panic list.

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Daniel Barenboim receives 2011 Tolerance Award

20 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:43 h;
posted in: Concert,General

On August 19, Daniel Barenboim conducted a concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Großes Festspielhaus. After the concert, the exceptional artist was ceremoniously presented with the annual Tolerance Award of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. The prize went to Daniel Barenboim for his artistic initiatives, in which true tolerance comes to life and is promoted.

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KISS. GOOD. BYE.

19 AUG2011

by Uli Kirsch  09:03 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Le nozze di Figaro ist abgespielt und der Engel Uli Kirsch wieder auf dem Weg nach Hause. Noch im Zug lässt er die Zeit in Salzburg Revue passieren und das Publikum an seinen schönsten Momenten teilhaben. Der Abschied war schwerer als erwartet, denn Salzburg hat in den letzten fünf Jahren sein Leben verändert. Wohin die Reise des Engels geht und ob sie ihn nach Salzburg zurückführen wird, bleibt abzuwarten. Wir wünschen uns: „Uli, komm bald wieder!“

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Better than ever: 5 x YDP in one day!

18 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:33 h;
posted in: Drama,General

YDP stands for “Young Directors Project” – powered by Montblanc – one of the three successful young artist training projects at the Salzburg Festival, next to the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” and the “Young Singers Project” – a cultural engagement of Credit Suisse.  This summer, on the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the project, five productions will be shown as part of the fascinating competition for young stage directors. On August 20, all five pieces are on the Festival playbill. Remaining tickets for individual performances are still available.

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Claus Guth receives “Großes Verdienstzeichen” of the State of Salzburg

17 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:36 h;
posted in: Opera,General

This morning (August 17), Claus Guth was presented with the “Großes Verdienstzeichen” (Grand Medal of Honor) of the State of Salzburg by Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller. The theater and opera director has made a decisive contribution to the quality and success of the Salzburg Festival through his many productions here. In this manner, the State of Salzburg and the Festival expressed their gratitude to the visionary stage director. 

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Salzburg Festival Children’s Chorus – On Stage with the Stars

17 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:05 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Singing in the Children’s Chorus means to experience the grand world of opera and concert on stage: to be part of a production together with singers, chorus and orchestra, and to get to know not only the music, but also work in the theater.

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Rain, rain, rain …

15 AUG2011

by Malin Byström  11:02 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Rain, rain, rain … And I have rented a big house with a pool for my family. But would the weather stop my seven-year-old son? Of course not. When I got back from rehearsal two days ago, he could swim!!!

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In memoriam Karl Böhm

14 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:25 h;
posted in: General

30 years ago today, on August 13, 1981, Karl Böhm died at the age of 87 in Salzburg. Next to Herbert von Karajan, the Graz-born conductor had the most lasting influence on the Salzburg Festival. He made his Salzburg debut in 1938 with Don Giovanni. We commemorate Karl Böhm, whose Mozart and Strauss interpretations charmed audiences …

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Enormous Artistic and Social Success

13 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:43 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Today’s benefit dress rehearsal of the concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol netted 158,065 Euros for the reconstruction of Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Japan. The City of Salzburg will increase the amount to a round 200,000 Euros.

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The car rules!!

13 AUG2011

by Joel Prieto  12:06 h;
posted in: Opera,General

The premiere of Don Giovanni is getting nearer and nearer and now the whole team has moved to the Haus für Mozart for the following rehearsals. The first time on the main stage, Joel Prieto once again has some troubles with the car. No trees this time, but nevertheless the car is ruling the stage again.

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10 Fragen von Uli Kirsch an Marlis Petersen

13 AUG2011

by Uli Kirsch  07:15 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Cherubim Uli Kirsch stellt Susanna Marlis Petersen zehn Fragen zu den Charakteren in Le nozze di Figaro und zu privaten Begegnungen mit einem Engel.

Liebe Marlies, was ist für dich der aufregendste Moment im Figaro?

Der Figaro ist für mich voll von aufregenden Momenten. Susanna geht ja quasi nahtlos durch das ganze Stück, und ein spannendes Ereignis jagt das nächste.

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10 Fragen von Marlis Petersen an Uli Kirsch

12 AUG2011

by Marlis Petersen  10:57 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Marlis Petersen (Susanna) stellt Uli Kirsch (Cherubim) zehn Fragen zu seiner Rolle bei Le nozze di Figaro und zu seinen Tabus als Schauspieler. Für die Einblicke sollten Sie hier

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And the Winner is … Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2011

11 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:19 h;
posted in: Concert,General

The announcement of this year’s winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award has been eagerly awaited. The winner’s name is Ainārs Rubiķis. The rising young conductor will be heard already on August 13 at the Felsenreitschule. There, he will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at 8:00 pm at the Final Concert of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. A night to look forward to!

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Netrebko and Beczala sing for Japan

10 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:45 h;
posted in: Opera,General

The Salzburg Festival and its artists are not just dedicated to cultural values, but also social ones. Therefore, the dress rehearsal of Iolanta / Le Rossignol on Saturday, August 13, at 2:00 pm will be opened to the public at the Großes Festspielhaus, as a benefit event. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala as well as the Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton and all the other performers involved will contribute to the good cause. The net proceeds will go to Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Japan, which was almost completely destroyed in the earthquake this past March.

Tickets, priced from 30 to 120 Euros, can be purchased starting immediately online.

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Inextricably Linked: Salzburg Festival and Vienna Philharmonic

9 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:17 h;
posted in: Concert,General

On August 9, Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller presented the members of the world-famous ensemble with high decorations of the State of Salzburg: “The Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival are inextricably linked, and shall remain so. The world-famous orchestra is the artistic center, even the quality guarantee for the Salzburg Festival.”

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Ein ganz besonderer Don Giovanni!

9 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  08:26 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Erich Schagerl berichtet in seinem heutigen Blog von den Proben zu Don Giovanni. Wenn die Musiker, Sänger und der Dirigent sich aufeinander einlassen können, dann wird die Probe lebendig und dynamisch. Mit dem jungen Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin zu arbeiten ist ein ganz besonderes Vergnügen – und auf das Ergebnis, die Premiere des Don Giovanni, darf man mehr als gespannt sein.

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200th Performance of Così fan tutte

7 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:38 h;
posted in: Opera,General

On August 7, 2011, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte will be performed for the 200th time at the Salzburg Festival. This year, Marc Minkowski conducts his Musiciens du Louvre. Director Claus Guth has reworked his 2009 production complete, presenting the work even more compactly, as an intelligent chamber drama full of symbols and allusions. The first performance of Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival took place in 1922 …

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The Blue Sofa Returns to the SalzburgKulisse

7 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:37 h;
posted in: General

It’s the fourth stop of the “Blue Sofa” at the Salzburg Festival. This time, Wolfgang Herles will discuss the question of how music, theater, dance and literature can be conveyed in a successful manner to audiences with Sasha Waltz, Alfred Brendel, Hans Neuenfels and Markus Hinterhäuser. Free tickets for the show on August 8 at 3:00 pm at the SalzburgKulisse at the Haus für Mozart are available.

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“The Monster of Power, The Power of Man“

7 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:00 h;
posted in: General

That was the subject of the ZEIT FORUM KULTUR public conversation on August 6 at 11:00 am at the SalzburgKulisse. This time, Josef Joffe welcomed Bruno Ganz, Markus Hinterhäuser and Karl Schwarzenberg to discuss the eternal question of power.

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Ö1 Klassik Treffpunkt at Salzburg’s Landestheater

5 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
posted in: General

The popular classical live broadcast Ö1 Klassik Treffpunkt makes its traditional stop in Salzburg, at Salzburg’s Landestheater. Renate Burtscher will talk to Thomas Oberender, who brings not only pointed observations, but also a varied musical selection to the program. The event takes place live on August 6 from 10:00 am onwards at the Logenfoyer of Salzburg’s Landestheater.

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Triangel, Zweistein … ein Traum

5 AUG2011

by Uli Kirsch  08:11 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Nach der eigenen Premiere hat man es in Salzburg gut. Die Proben sind vorbei, die Aufregung legt sich, und man beginnt das schöne Leben zu genießen. Die Premierenfeier des Figaro auf dem Mönchsberg hat mich einige Energie gekostet, und so konnte ich mich erst nach ein paar Tagen wieder in den feierlichen Festspielzirkus stürzen.

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Inventing the Existing World

4 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:04 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Anna Viebrock, set and costume designer for The Makropulos Case, presented her new book Das Vorgefundene erfinden (Inventing the Existing World) today in Salzburg. Anna Viebrock’s works are considered unique documents of postmodern theatrical development during the past 20 years. 

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Georg Kreisler at republic on August 8

4 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:11 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Due to illness, Margarete Mitscherlich has been forced to cancel her participation in the public conversation on August 8 as part of the series Auf eigene Faust.
Instead, the satirist, writer and musician Georg Kreisler will discuss the topic “The radicalness of age” with Patrycia Ziolkowska and Thomas Oberender.

Die allgegenwärtigen Sofiensäle

4 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  09:11 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Erich Schagerl, Primgeiger bei den Wiener Philharmonikern, berichtet während der Festspielzeit direkt aus dem Orchestergraben. In seinem zweiten Blog gibt er einen Einblick in die Arbeit an der Oper Die Sache Makropulos und erzählt über viele Begegnungen mit dem Ausnahmekomponisten Janáček in der Vergangenheit.

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What’s in a name?

3 AUG2011

by Alek Shrader  10:06 h;
posted in: Opera,General

In his new blog, Alek Shrader, Ferrando of Così fan tutte, is thinking about the meaning of the names of the protagonists in Così. So he is searching for some enlightening hints in the Greek, Latin and German language. From the names and their possible origins, Alek Shrader tries to establish a connection to the characters in the opera played. An interesting examination!

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How Joel Prieto became Don Ottavio: Part II

2 AUG2011

by Joel Prieto  13:10 h;
posted in: Opera,General

In the first part, Joel Prieto chatted about the beginning in Salzburg, the turning points during the rehearsals and the final surprise of singing the premiere of Don Giovanni. Now he is on the stage but the problem starts when he tries to get off again. This is the story of an accident and the beginning of a wonderful career in Salzburg. 

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To Smoke Musically In A Car

2 AUG2011

by Malin Byström  07:04 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Salzburg holds a very special place in my heart for a very special reason. It was here, in the summer academy at the Mozarteum in the late nineties, that I met my voice teacher. He would have, and still today has, a massive importance for my development as a singer.

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Montblanc Extends Sponsorship Agreement for the Young Directors Project

1 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:47 h;
posted in: Drama,General

“The Young Directors Project is a launch-pad for young artists and an idea-giver for the Festival as an institution at the same time,” Helga Rabl-Stadler says, thanking Montblanc for ten years of active support. Ingrid Roosen-Trinks was able to announce a continuation of the partnership.

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Liebe Freunde … Ich darf mich kurz vorstellen

1 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  13:00 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Erich Schagerl, 1. Violinist der Wiener Philharmoniker, verbringt bereits seine 32. Saison bei den Salzburger Festspielen und stellt sich in seinem ersten Blog vor.

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José Antonio Abreu Receives Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class

1 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:31 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Yesterday, Minister of Culture Claudia Schmied presented this high-ranking decoration to the composer, musician, economist and founder and director of the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, from which the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, among others, emerged.

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Death, Delayed

31 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
posted in: General,Opera

What would happen if death simply failed to happen? That is exactly what happens in the opera The Makropulos Case. Emilia Marty has been living for more than 300 years – and only now, after such a long time, she feels that life is slowly slipping through her fingers. Leoš Janáček’s opera deals with questions of life and eternal agelessness – literally. Our trailer offers first glimpses of Christoph Marthaler’s production, featuring the protagonists and focusing on the story that the music and the production itself tell.

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How Joel Prieto became Don Ottavio: Part I

31 JUL2011

by Joel Prieto  10:13 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Welcome to the first blog of the Salzburg Festival from Joel Prieto! He is singing the Don Ottavio Part in Don Giovanni this summer. For him it is a great honor to be able to share his experiences at the Festival during the rehearsals and performances with all the people out there. Here now is the first part of the story, how his dream came true to become Don Ottavio at the Salzburg Festival.

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First Master Class of the Young Singers Project – and a New E-Magazine

30 JUL2011

by Silvia Lauppe  11:01 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Today at 3:00 pm, Festival visitors could see a different side of the international star baritone Matthias Goerne: working with young talents at the University’s Main Auditorium. He led the first master class of this year’s Young Singers Project. Its sponsor, Credit Suisse, has begun a new project this year to support young journalists as well. During the past week, they have put together an e-magazine featuring the YSP participants and their experiences at the Salzburg Festival: www.ysp-zine.com.

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Pierre Boulez Receives State Medal

30 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:11 h;
posted in: Concert,General

"Maestro Pierre Boulez is one of the outstanding representatives of contemporary music, and also a long-time faithful friend of the Salzburg Festival," Landeshauptfrau Mag. Gabi Burgstaller emphasized today, Saturday, July 30, at the ceremony awarding Pierre Boulez the State Medal of Salzburg at the SalzburgKulisse. This faithful friendship has manifested itself in the 30 appearances Boulez has made at the Salzburg Festival, Burgstaller continued.

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Mönchsberg Wine and Grazing Pork

30 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:36 h;
posted in: Drama,General

On Mönchsberg, in the garden of the Edmundsburg, our “Osmica” will be open on the Festival weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 4:00 to 11:00 pm. A culinary festival – but only if the weather is nice! If you want a preview taste, you should

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10 Years of the Siemens Festival>Nights

29 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:15 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

One decade, 400,000 visitors, more than 20 premieres: the Siemens Festival>Nights, presented by Siemens Austria, the Salzburg Festival and ORF Salzburg, take place this year for the tenth time already – and have become a classic themselves during recent years. On a daylight-suitable large LED video wall on Kapitelplatz, Festival highlights from 30 years are screened.

Today, a press lunch took place to honor the anniversary of the Siemens Festival>Nights: Ing. Wolfgang Hesoun, General Manager of Siemens AG Austria, Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, Prof. Siegbert Stronegger, Director of the State of Salzburg ORF, Angela Denoke, soprano and interpreter of Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case, as well as Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, President of the Vienna Philharmonic, summarized a successful decade and gave insights into future developments.

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Riccardo Muti Celebrates with the Vienna Philharmonic

28 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:03 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

In honor of Riccardo Muti’s 70th birthday, a ceremony was held today for the maestro, at which he received an honorary membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.

The conductor and the Salzburg Festival have had an intensive and very happy relationship for over forty years. This summer, he will conduct the opera Macbeth and also two concerts each with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Playing the Angel

27 JUL2011

by Uli Kirsch  15:11 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Nach unserer Generalprobe am Sonntagabend und vorangegangenen 21 Tagen hochkonzentrierter Arbeit, erfüllt von den zarten Klängen Mozarts, getragen von unfassbar schönen, klassischen Stimmen und immer tiefer gehender Erforschung der menschlichen Sehnsüchte und Abgründe, war es allerhöchste Zeit für ein kleines bisschen Rock’n’Roll.

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YCA Winner David Afkham Presents CD

27 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:30 h;
posted in: Concert,General

Apart from the opening of the Festival, David Afkham had another important appearance today. The young conductor presented the CD “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2010”, which he recorded with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, to the press at the Café UNI:VERSUM.

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“To awaken the ear, the eyes, and human thought” – the Salzburg Festival is opened

27 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:35 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

This morning, the 2011 Salzburg Festival was officially opened. Federal President Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller and Claudia Schmied, Minister for Art and Culture, attended the festive ceremony. Apart from the keynote address by Joachim Gauck and further speeches, works by Leoš Janáček, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler framed the Opening Ceremony.

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Die Frau ohne Schatten: Scenic Glimpses

26 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:04 h;
posted in: Opera

On the occasion of the dress rehearsal of Die Frau ohne Schatten today, we are delighted to present a glimpse of the new production of Richard Strauss’ masterwork. This opera – filled with great, dramatic and at the same time very intimate moments – will captivate you. Listen to Anne Schwanewilms, Evelyn Herlitzius, Michaela Schuster and Wolfgang Koch share their thoughts about it.

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Discovering the Secret

25 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:52 h;
posted in: General

Stephan Balkenhol’s Works in the Context of the 2011 Salzburg Festival

Just as Stephan Balkenhol’s works inspired us while creating the 2011 program, the 2011 Festival programming in turn inspired the artist to create new works – which can now be seen in their own Festival Exhibition.

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Successful Festival Opening Party

25 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:06 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

Despite bad weather, the Festival’s fans were not discouraged from coming to the historic center of Salzburg: the Festival Opening Party attracted about 25,000 people – despite low temperatures and rain.

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Play it again, for sheer enjoyment

24 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:30 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

Unitel, the long-standing cooperation partner of the Salzburg Festival, has recorded numerous unforgettable opera productions and concerts over the past years. This summer, the website Unitel Classica offers a special delight for all Festival fans with its Festival Focus: highlights of recent years at the Salzburg Festival will be broadcast for you.

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Free Rides to the Festival!

23 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:00 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

The Festival is about to begin, your tickets are waiting on your dresser and the eveningwear is in your closet, freshly ironed. The only open question is the best way of getting to the performance venue? If you would like to avoid traffic jams and the search for a parking place, you now have an alternative, for this Festival summer, your Festival tickets double as a free ticket for local transportation in Salzburg.

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„Klappe zu – Affe tot“ oder „Fenster zu – Vogel tot“?

23 JUL2011

by Marlis Petersen  09:17 h;
posted in: Opera

Claus Guth zeigt die Abgründe des Menschlichen, hält uns den Spiegel vor, was unsere Beziehungen betrifft und trifft uns ins Mark, wenn wir das zulassen … Wenn Susanna im Spannungsfeld von Figaro und Graf steht, dann ist das nicht Komödie, sondern wahrhaftige Zerrissenheit.

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Elisabeth Kulman forced to cancellation due to injury

22 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:32 h;
posted in: Concert

During the first scenic rehearsal for Tristan und Isolde at the RuhrTriennale in Bochum, Elisabeth Kulman suffered an accident on July 19, 2011. Elisabeth Kulman is gravely injured by the accident and deeply regrets her cancellation for this year’s Salzburg Festival. Instead of Elisabeth Kulman, Anna Larsson will perform in the Opening Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Festival Fever and Rainy Weather

21 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:00 h;
posted in: Drama,General

This coming weekend, Salzburg awaits a sensational Festival Opening Party. One of the focus topics is Jedermann. As part of the Opening of the Siemens Festival>Nights on July 24, the participants for Jedermanns Tischgesellschaft (Everyman’s Round Table) have been announced.

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Lärmen lernen

20 JUL2011

by Uli Kirsch  11:10 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Haben sie sich einmal gefragt, was sich hinter all den Türen im Bühnenbild des Figaro abspielt? Hinter all den Türen arbeiten all die Menschen, die der Zuschauer nie zu sehen bekommt, all die Menschen, ohne die ein Theaterabend wie der Figaro völlig undenkbar wäre.

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A dirty affair

19 JUL2011

by Alek Shrader  13:35 h;
posted in: Opera

Relationships can be difficult. They can get complicated. They can become messy. Likewise, the stage of Così fan tutte will go from stark, sterile white to mud-smeared, forest-infested chaos over the course of two acts. The question is, which is the true nature of love – clean and pure that inevitably gets stained, or dirty and flawed that can only be covered up by a pretty shell for a limited time? 

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“A wonderful work!!!!”

18 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:13 h;
posted in: Concert,General

On July 28 and 31, the Vienna Philharmonic will play the first Philharmonic Concert of this year’s Salzburg Festival under the baton of Pierre Boulez. The conductor, who has enjoyed a close working relationship for almost 40 years with the orchestra, has selected a moving program centering on Gustav Mahler, whose anniversary is this year and who is at the center of the concert programming of the 2011 Festival season, with his own series, the Mahler Scenes, dedicated to him.

In conversation with Wolfgang Schaufler, Pierre Boulez recounts his earliest experiences with Mahler and his very personal approach to the work of this composer, who was so seminal for 20th century music.

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Hinter den Kulissen

17 JUL2011

by Marlis Petersen  14:04 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Den meisten Opernbesuchern stellen sich immer wieder Hunderte von Fragen, die uns Künstler betreffen! Angefangen von der wohl berühmtesten Frage: „Ah, Sie sind Opernsänger … was machen Sie denn so tagsüber?“

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Nono’s Prometeo Benefits Kollegienkirche

16 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:22 h;
posted in: Concert,General

For months, the performances of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo on July 30 and 31 have been completely sold out. On July 29, you have the opportunity to hear the much-anticipated production and to support the Kollegienkirche at the same time: the dress rehearsal will be opened as a benefit.

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Harte Arbeit

15 JUL2011

by Uli Kirsch  08:21 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Wenn ich für ein Theaterstück probe, dann lege ich meine Messlatte immer sehr hoch. Die Menschen immer wieder aufs Neue zu faszinieren und zu berühren ist harte Arbeit. Aber alles andere macht keinen Sinn.

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An unforgettable night in Salzburg

14 JUL2011

by Alek Shrader  11:46 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Today, Alek is remembering a night in Salzburg when he was still a student at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie. The evening started like many others but soon it turned out, that the night was still long and the pockets almost empty. What to do? In the end a creative solution saved the night and Alek had learned three new things about life in general and Salzburg in particular. 

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Äpfel der Erkenntnis

13 JUL2011

by Uli Kirsch  15:00 h;
posted in: Opera,General

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Uli Kirsch, der Cherubim aus Le nozze di Figaro, erzählt von einem persönlichen Theaterwunder. Von einer ganz speziellen Nacht, wo ihm das Herz bis zum Hals schlug, der Kopf schwirrte und wo alles – wie es schien – von drei Äpfeln abhing. Es ist die Geschichte über ein großes Wagnis, das gelang und somit zu einem großen Moment wurde.

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Performance Length Faust-Marathon

12 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:00 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to welcome the Faust ensemble and director Nicolas Stemann at the Perner-Insel in Hallein. The atmosphere in the team is good and focused on the premiere on July 28. Over the course of the rehearsals, Faust I+II has developed into a special evening of theater (beginning at 5:00 pm), which stretches until 1:20 am, including the three intermissions planned. We are glad that you are joining us for this theatrical marathon, unique to the Salzburg Festival! 
We would like to inform you about some logistical details …

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Tales of an opera singer

12 JUL2011

by Alek Shrader  07:05 h;
posted in: Opera,General

style="line-height: 150%;">Beware! You are about to read tales of mystery, suspense, and horror that come from the life of an opera singer. Put the children to bed, lock the doors, and – if you dare – read on! Alek Shrader is singing the part of Ferrando in Così fan tutte this summer. In his first blog he gives an insight to the rehearsals which started a few days ago and explains – in a short overview – the parts and important persons in the new Così production of director Claus Guth.

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Ländliche Hochzeit – ohne Bräutigam

11 JUL2011

by Marlis Petersen  14:28 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Marlis Petersen singt die Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Ihre Eindrücke bei der Ankunft in Salzburg und die schönen Empfindungen, die sie mit der Stadt verbindet, schildert die Sängerin in ihrem ersten Beitrag eindringlich und literarisch. Die Hochzeitsgesellschaft hat sich also wieder zur Probe versammelt, Mozarts Musik erklingt, aber noch fehlt Entscheidendes: der Bräutigam.

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A Festival Summer, Up Close and Personal

10 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:25 h;
posted in: General,Opera

As this summer’s premieres approach, we would like to present some of our artists up close and personal: here, they will keep a blog, writing about their experiences onstage and off, several times a week. To learn whom you may accompany on their journey through the Festival season,

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“Living on the Streets is no Child’s Play – Everyman can help!”

8 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:56 h;
posted in: Drama,General

This statement from Caritas Director Hans Kreuzeder expresses what really matters: the willingness to help. Thus, the Salzburg Festival supports Caritas Salzburg by selling tickets for the dress rehearsal for Jedermann (Everyman) on July 25, to benefit a project for children living on the streets of Alexandria. Tickets will go on sale starting immediately.

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The Perfect Look

6 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:37 h;
posted in: General

For the make-up artists of the Salzburg Festival, the technical progress of High Definition cameras is a great challenge. The higher the resolution in which the audience at the screens sees the action, the more perfect and even the artists’ make-up has to be.

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Continuity of the Infinite Powers

4 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:49 h;
posted in: Concert,General

“The piece deals with the theme of being driven, of desire, of raw, uninhibited emotion, in contrast to intellectual distance or control”, Sasha Waltz tells about her choreography. In Continu, Sasha Waltz pulls together essential elements from her works of the past ten years. The musical core: The epoch-making symphonic orchestral work Arcana by Edgard Varèse.

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Opera Nights under a Starlit Sky

2 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:44 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

Siemens Festival>Night

Starting on July 24, the Siemens Festival>Nights will warm the hearts of thousands of music lovers. The program of selected opera and concert films has just been published.

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Try Your Luck!

30 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:58 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,General

As part of the Festival Opening Party, the Jedermann rehearsal and the dress rehearsal of Le nozze di Figaro will be open to the public on July 24. Free tickets will be distributed via a lottery organized by our media partners.

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“Much-praised and much-scolded”

29 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:08 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Nicolas Stemann, one of the most important directors active on German-language stages today, who last directed Friedrich Schiller’s Räuber in Salzburg in 2008, returns to devote his attention to the German tragedy of tragedies: on four weekends, he presents both parts of Goethe’s Faust as marathon performances. Our trailer gives you a brief preview of the director’s musical approach to this tradition-steeped drama.

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Strauss: “Incredible Pleasure”

27 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:40 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Christian Thielemann’s Salzburg opera debut: Die Frau ohne Schatten
“Of course, it is something special” to conduct an opera by Festival founder Richard Strauss at that selfsame festival, says Christian Thielemann. Especially if that opera also marks one’s Salzburg opera debut. Thielemann is taking a sabbatical from Bayreuth this summer, conducting Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Salzburg Festival. The Vienna Philharmonic joins him in the orchestra pit.

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„Young People“

23 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:50 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

From 2008 on, working for and with the younger generation is one of the focal points of the Salzburg Festival program. 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. Starting right now, you also can book youth subscriptions. On the whole, 3,000 tickets for operas, plays and concerts with a price reduction up to 90% will be reserved for patrons younger than 27 (i.e., born after June 30, 1984). You can find all our activities on our „Young People“-poster which can be downloaded here.

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Theater for the Future

22 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:03 h;
posted in: Drama,General

The Young Directors Project 2011 – powered by Montblanc

On June 22, a press conference was held in Vienna about the 2011 Young Directors Project, an initiative which has been supported by Montblanc since 2002. Now in its tenth season, the competition for young, international stage directors and their ensembles will offer fascinating productions. The Festival program allows interested members of the public to see all five productions within two days in any chosen order.

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A Musical Portrait: Marc Minkowski

20 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
posted in: Opera,General

This summer, the Salzburg Festival presents all three Da Ponte operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Claus Guth. The stage director will continue to develop his versions of the operas. Marc Minkowski and his orchestra Les Musiciens du Louvre • Grenoble will be responsible for the musical new production of Così fan tutte. Rainer Elstner has created a musical portrait of the Mozart interpreter Marc Minkowski, which also discusses Mozart’s “philosophical treatise on love, faithfulness, female simple-mindedness and male machismo, and the uprising of the serving classes”.

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A Party for Everybody on July 23 and 24, 2011

17 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:42 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

Before the first premiere opens the 2011 season, we present our Festival Opening Party. Despite stressful rehearsals, our artists will take time for you – the citizens of Salzburg and guests of our city. At the Austrian first performance of John Cage’s legendary sound project Musicircus, you can make an active contribution to the success of the party. We look forward to your registration!

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Enthusiastic Rehearsal Start for Macbeth

15 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  06:30 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Right after his grand finale at Whitsun, Riccardo Muti has launched his next musical endeavor for the Salzburg Festival: yesterday (Tuesday) the first musical rehearsals for Verdi’s Macbeth took place. Together with director Peter Stein, this week will be dedicated to intensive rehearsals with the singers, marked by great enthusiasm on all sides. 

La Scuola Napoletana – The Grand Finale with Riccardo Muti

13 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:55 h;
posted in: Whitsun,General

“Riccardo Muti – il grande finale – the 2011 Salzburg Whitsun Festival did even more justice to this poster slogan than we had promised,“ Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said after the touching final applause for the Cherubini Requiem on Monday. Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser said: “The goals of the five-year project with Riccardo Muti have not only been fulfilled, but exceeded." Both in cultural and economic terms, this year’s Whitsun Festival was the most successful since 1998, the year the Salzburg Festival took over the event from the Salzburg Easter Festival. With over 7,600 tickets sold, the sales topped the average of past years.

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Opening and Review of Five Successful Years

10 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:25 h;
posted in: Whitsun,General

Today, Friday, June 10, 2011, is the opening night premiere of the Whitsun Festival. Once again, the centerpiece of the Whitsun Festival consists of two productions conducted by Riccardo Muti: I due Figaro (1826), a melodramma buffo by Saverio Mercadante, and the Requiem in C-Minor (1816) by Luigi Cherubini. At the same time, this is the last stage of the musical journey of the Italian Maestro through the Neapolitan School. At a press conference, Riccardo Muti, Markus Hinterhäuser, Helga Rabl-Stadler and Jürgen Flimm summarized five successful years.

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Anniversary Concert 50 Years “Friends of the Salzburg Festival”

10 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  06:41 h;
posted in: General

The newly-built roof of the Felsenreitschule was inaugurated on June 9, 2011 with the 50-year anniversary concert of the “Friends of the Salzburg Festival”. Under the baton of Leopold Hager, Camerata Salzburg played works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Bernhard Paumgartner, the Festival’s President in 1961, who was an important initiator for the founding of the association. 

The “Friends” have contributed 800,000 Euros to the new roof of the Felsenreitschule, and continue to collect donations for the construction of the additional storey above the Felsenreitschule, which is to house rehearsal and work spaces. Donors who give more than 100 Euros will be invited to a “Donors’ Rehearsal” at the end of July.

www.festspielfreunde.at

Wine Makes a Guest Appearance

9 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:54 h;
posted in: Whitsun,General

The Salzburg Festival stands for exquisite quality, the highest level and long-grown traditions – including in its Festival wine. The presentation of the wines has been a highlight at the opening of the Whitsun Festival for years now, and takes place this year on the same evening as the premiere of I due Figaro. In 2011, two renowned vintners were chosen again: Fred Loimer from Langenlois in the Kamptal and Gernot Heinrich from Gols in the Burgenland are well-known beyond the Austrian borders, and their wines grace the wine lists in the world’s best restaurants. The certified beer sommelier Markus Trinker brewed the popular Festival Pilsner.

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Angela Denoke and Eternal Life

10 MAY2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:47 h;
posted in: Opera,General

We are happy to present you with glimpses of the preparations for this season, through interviews and rehearsal footage. The series begins with an interview with German soprano Angela Denoke. Angela Denoke sings the main role in Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair in 2011. She talks about the mysterious figure of Emilia Marty, the fascinating collaboration with the exceptional director Christoph Marthaler, and why one should not miss The Makropulos Affair under any circumstances.

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Markus Hinterhäuser appointed Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen

4 MAY2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:04 h;
posted in: General

From 2014 the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) is to have a new directorial team. The festival will be directed by the current Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival, Markus Hinterhäuser, in collaboration with the successful Berlin theatre director Shermin Langhoff. The announcement was made on 4 May at a press conference in Vienna City Hall by the Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs, Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, and the President of the Wiener Festwochen, Rudolf Scholten.

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All the City is a Stage – You are the Party

2 MAY2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
posted in: General

This year’s party to celebrate the opening of the Salzburg Festival (July 23 and 24) is meant to be shared with the citizens of Salzburg and to turn them into active participants. There will be free concerts and rehearsals, a film premiere, the Austrian debut of John Cage’s Musicircus and much more can be experienced free of charge on the Festival stages and open spaces of the Salzburg Old City.
The first day will be devoted to folklore, climaxed by a torchlit dance performance on Residenzplatz, while the second day will feature the Salzburg Festival – thanks to support by the state of Salzburg and the Friends of the Salzburg Festival – exploring new avenues: “Combining the Opening Party with the ‘Curtain up’ activities will provide an especially full program. We invite all Salzburgers to join us for the Musicircus and to contribute actively to the success of the party. You are the Party”, says President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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Free Shuttle Service for Festival Guests

20 APR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:50 h;
posted in: General

April 20, 2011 (SF) The Salzburg Festival and the Association of Friends of the Salzburg Festival support the eco-friendly and free-of-charge mobility of Festival guests to and from the 200 performances.

“We want to make an attractive offer to all the Salzburg Festival’s visitors, so that they can leave their own car at home and get to our performance venues free of charge,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler declares.

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Festival Supplement published

15 APR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:32 h;
posted in: General

On April 16, our annual Festival Supplement will be published by the Salzburger Nachrichten. The voluminous supplement on the Whitsun and Salzburg Festivals will be available throughout Austria. This Festival publication is made possible through a close cooperation with the Salzburger Nachrichten. You will also find the numerous featured contributions describing more than 200 events at Whitsun and during the summer on our homepage.

SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2011

The Festival Supplement of the
Salzburger Nachrichten



Download PDF: Salzburg Festival 2011
Download PDF: Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2011
(Available only in German)

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Festival tickets online on newly designed website

4 APR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:46 h;
posted in: General

Welcome to our newly designed website! April 4 is the start-date for our general ticket sales. Starting immediately, you can buy your Festival tickets online, with the unique opportunity to check the sightlines of your selected seat. And starting immediately, we also offer new tools for deeper insights into events at the Festival – throughout the year, and, of course, mainly in the summer. Blogs, podcasts and videos already allow you to follow current preparations for the Festival season. “It is very important to me that we are able to report on the Salzburg Festival productions in many new videos and in a new way, providing immediate overview. As soon as rehearsals start in June, we would also like to communicate with you via Facebook and Twitter,” says Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival. On January 10, pre-sales for the 2011 season had already exceeded expectations. This is also true for programs featuring contemporary music. “I think I can say that we have reached a point where the question whether contemporary music should be programmed at a Festival like the Salzburg Festival is simply no longer valid. It has become a matter of course,” Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser summarizes. “The positive reports about ticket sales so far, however, should not create the false impression that there are no tickets left. Our website gives you a current overview of available tickets. Just give it a try,” says Rabl-Stadler.

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Cooperation between the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic from 2012

4 APR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:27 h;
posted in: General

On April 4, the Salzburg Festival, represented by the designated Artistic Director Alexander Pereira and President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler, and the Vienna Philharmonic, represented by its Chairman Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg and Managing Director Univ. Prof. Dr. Dieter Flury, signed a new general agreement for the period from 2012 to 2016. The signed agreement reaffirms the loyalty of both partners. The Vienna Philharmonic will perform ten to eleven concerts with five different programs and four opera productions as premieres (with five to eight performances per opera).

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Riccardo Muti Awarded Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011

17 MAR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:59 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,Whitsun,General

The Swedish Birgit Nilsson Foundation has announced that conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the world’s highest cash prize in the music field: the Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011. In a first reaction, the conductor professed himself “deeply touched. For 40 years, Riccardo Muti has enjoyed a close cooperation with the Salzburg Festival. This year, he is one of the busiest artists of the Festival.

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Award for Sasha Waltz

9 MAR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:56 h;
posted in: Concert,General

"The Salzburg Festival congratulates Sasha Waltz for being awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Federal Cross of Merit)," Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser commented on the honor bestowed upon the choreographer. 
Sasha Waltz will present Continu, a choreography to music by Edgard Varèse, Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis, on August 7, as part of the program The Fifth Continent at the Felsenreitschule. 

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Advance Ticket Sales for 2011 beyond Expectations

22 FEB2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:53 h;
posted in: General

  “Ticket sales have already exceeded our expectations. With over 14,000 orders by the deadline of January 6, 2011, we have already received 1,200 orders more than on the same date last year. That represents a 10% increase compared to the anniversary year of 2010,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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A New Roof for the Felsenreitschule

9 FEB2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:16 h;
posted in: General

As part of a press tour, the construction site at the Felsenreitschule was visited on February 9 and progress of the construction inspected. “We want to realize the highest quality – aesthetically, optically and acoustically – at our performance venues for our audiences. That is why we are reconstructing the roof of the Felsenreitschule. This novel technical construction will allow us to switch over to an open-air stage within a few minutes,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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Prelude for an Eccentric Stage Work

3 FEB2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:11 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Presenting Janáček’s works in milestone productions has become rather a tradition at the Salzburg Festival: From the House of the Dead, Jenůfa and Kat’á Kabanová are well-remembered. For the coming summer, Artistic Director has programmed The Makropoulos Affair…

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Next Generation

20 JAN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:06 h;
posted in: General

The association of young Festival patrons “Next Generation”, founded in 2009 as a sub-organization of the Friends of the Salzburg Festival, hosted an event at the Mauroner Gallery in Vienna on January 20. On this occasion, NXG presented the Salzburg Festival’s special program tailored to young adults.

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Christoph Marthaler is awarded Hans Reinhart Ring

12 JAN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:58 h;
posted in: Opera,General

The stage director and musician Christoph Marthaler will receive the highest award in Swiss theatrical life, the Hans Reinhart Ring, this year. He is being honored for the originality and international resonance of his work.
Leos Janáček’s opera The Makropulos Affair marks Christoph Marthaler’s sixth production for the Salzburg Festival.

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