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“Romeo and Juliet” like a red thread at the Whitsun Festival

25 APR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  06:20 h;
posted in: Opera,Whitsun

Like a red thread, the ancient tale of Romeo and Juliet runs through the programme of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The festival opens with West Side Story, the evergreen adaptation of the story of “Romeo and Juliet” based on an idea of Jerome Robbins, a script by Arthur Laurents, the music of Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. For the first time, world star Cecilia Bartoli sings the role of Maria opposite Norman Reinhardt as her Tony; Philip Wm. McKinley directs. 

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What is the weight of time passed?

15 APR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:10 h;
posted in: General

Keynote Address of Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival, on the occasion of the two hundred-year anniversary of Salzburg’s joining Austria.

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Guest Orchestras • RSO • Harpist Anna Verkholantseva

11 APR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:22 h;
posted in: Opera

The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna will perform the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel on July 28, 2016. The series “Guest Orchestras” presents the RSO musicians in two concerts: on August 7, 2016 they perform under Lorenzo Viotti, winner of the 2015 “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. And on August 11, 2016 their chief conductor Cornelius Meister takes the podium in works by Ravel, Cerha and Bartók.


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Franz Welser-Möst in Conversation about „Die Liebe der Danae“ by Richard Strauss

29 MAR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:33 h;
posted in: Opera

This Festival summer, Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the Strauss opera Die Liebe der Danae, a work closely linked to Salzburg Festival history: in 1944, the Festival was cancelled after the dress rehearsal for the opera had taken place; the work only saw its world premiere in 1952. Since then, the opera appeared on the Festival programme one more time – in 2002. Now it will be shown in a new production. In an exclusive interview, Franz Welser-Möst discusses the serenity in the music of Die Liebe der Danae, the role Strauss plays in his repertoire and his work with singers. Together with his Cleveland Orchestra, he also gives two concerts this Festival summer, conducting not only Richard Strauss, but also works by Thomas Adès and Béla Bartók. We spoke to him about the sound of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, about Salzburg, Krassimira Stoyanova, Anja Harteros and violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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Direct and Online Ticket Sales Start Monday, March 21

18 MAR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:33 h;
posted in: General

Starting on Monday, March 21, all those interested in buying remaining tickets for the upcoming summer festival can do so directly. Anyone intent on seeing a particular performance should hurry. Open ticket sales are handled by the Salzburg Festival Shop at Hofstallgasse 1 in Salzburg and via the website. Browsing the interactive performance schedule, you can easily purchase the seat of your choice.

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Salzburg Festival Tours the World

15 MAR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:51 h;
posted in: General

After Europe, the USA and China, the Salzburg Festival now presented its programme in Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest state and the largest nation in South America with 200 million inhabitants. Advertising the programme of the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, visiting three South American groups of Friends of the Salzburg Festival, and meeting the generous patron of the Young Singers Project, Reinold Geiger. – Those were the three main focuses of Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler’s visit to Brazil.

 

 

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Mourning the Death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt

6 MAR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:25 h;
posted in: General

“Nikolaus Harnoncourt, that passionate torch-bearer, will be missed – we miss him already. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family, especially his wife Alice, in this dark hour. She was the person of his life, his irreplaceable private and professional partner. The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which he was to conduct on July 25 at the Festival will be dedicated to his memory. The black banner flies over our house, where he gave us so many unforgettable hours.” With these words Helga Rabl-Stadler and Sven-Eric Bechtolf, the Salzburg Festival Directorate, mourn the death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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Laura Marzadori • Concertmaster at the Age of 25

29 FEB2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:06 h;
posted in: Concert,General

The Filarmonica della Scala performs on August 22, 2016 under Riccardo Chailly at the Großes Festspielhaus. At the age of only 25, the Italian Laura Marzadori was named the orchestra’s concertmaster in 2014. We spoke to her about the sound of the orchestra, Salzburg and extraordinary performance venues, and Riccardo Chailly, the new principal conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala, with her.

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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

22 FEB2016

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

The Salzburg Festival has always been a major initiator of new works. During the upcoming Festival summer, you may look forward to four world premieres: works by Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Friedrich Cerha and Mark Simpson will be performed for the very first time.

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Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler in Conversation with Sir András Schiff

19 FEB2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:34 h;
posted in: Concert

Sir András Schiff will perform three concerts during the 2016 Festival summer. On August 1, 2016 he plays works by Franz Schubert, Mieczysław Weinberg and Johannes Brahms with the Jerusalem Quartet. On August 3, he dedicates himself to works by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy, together with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. And during the finale of the Salzburg Festival on August 31, 2016 he shares the stage at the Großes Festspielhaus with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt. Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler met András Schiff for the following conversation.

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West Side Story Brings Broadway Musical Stars to Salzburg

8 FEB2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:45 h;
posted in: Opera,Whitsun

The 2016 Whitsun Festival will open for the first time in its history with the performance of a musical. In keeping with the festival’s motto – Romeo and Juliet – the programme features the West Side Story. In addition to Cecilia Bartoli and Norman Reinhardt, numerous great names of the musical business can be found on the cast list. They include Karen Olivo as Anita and George Akram as Bernardo.

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The new paramour • Miriam Fussenegger

29 JAN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:28 h;
posted in: Drama

Miriam Fussenegger was born in Linz in 1990 and graduated from the acting school Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Apart from her theatrical performances, she also appeared in Der Tote am Teich, part of the Landkrimi TV series, and most recently in the three-part history drama Maximilian. Miriam Fussenegger made her Salzburg Festival debut in the summer of 2015 as Lucy in Julian Crouch's and Sven-Eric Bechtolf's production Mackie Messer. Eine Salzburger Dreigroschenoper. Miriam Fussenegger in conversation about her new role.

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Salzburg and Sokolov • New Album: Schubert/Beethoven

14 JAN2016

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

For more than 20 years, Grigory Sokolov refused to make any CD recordings whatsoever. For his first release (2014) after this long period, the Russian pianist chose a concert he gave at the Salzburg Festival in 2008: his album The Salzburg Recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin was celebrated by critics worldwide and won a coveted ECHO Classic Award. Only one year later, his new album follows: Sokolov: Schubert/Beethoven, released on January 15, 2016 by Deutsche Grammphon as part of the series Salzburg Festival Documents. 

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada replaces Nikolaus Harnoncourt in conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

13 JAN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:34 h;
posted in: Concert

When Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was performed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with his Concentus Musicus Wien last summer, there was no way of knowing that this would bring the Salzburg Festival full circle, completing a cycle begun in 1992 with a performance of the very same work: at the time, it was Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s debut at the Salzburg Festival, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Then as today, the performance was uncompromising, rousing, overwhelming. 

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In memoriam Pierre Boulez

6 JAN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
posted in: General

“For months, we have feared this announcement. Pierre Boulez is dead. The music world has lost on of its very greatest. Without him the history of music since 1945 would be different. And Salzburg is one of the places he made Festival history as a conductor and composer,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. 1960 saw his debut as a conductor and composer at the Festival. 

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Guest Orchestras • Tobias Haupt • Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

4 JAN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:22 h;
posted in: Concert

Between July 22 and August 31, 2016, 81 concerts will be performed over the course of 41 days. Here we interview musicians from all over the world about the sound of their orchestra, about Salzburg, the Festival and life as an orchestra musician. The series begins with the last concert of the 2016 Salzburg Festival: the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig will perform under its Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt at the Großes Festspielhaus on August 31, 2016 as part of the series Guest Orchestras. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 – with pianist András Schiff as soloist – and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92.

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