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Ernani • TerraceTalk with Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Walter Dobner

25 AUG2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:03 h;
posted in: Opera

“Today, the conductor and director are often considered completely different, “ the maestro adds. “However, this used to be different, and the conductor was also responsible for the action on stage – precisely because it cannot be separated.”

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Werther 2015 • TerraceTalk with Helga Rabl-Stadler, Piotr Beczala, Barbara Rett

17 AUG2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:25 h;
posted in: Opera

Piotr Beczala made a dramatic entrance this year at the Salzburg Festival. His first aria in Jules Massenet’s Werther is so dramatic, says moderator Barbara Rett, that it would be the finale of any other opera. On the whole, this opera oscillates between dramatic outbursts and lyrical passages. “Absolutely,” tenor Piotr Beczala agrees. “I was worried beforehand whether the piece is suitable for a concert performance, because the story takes place mainly between the persons on stage.” He adds that he was overwhelmed by the reception the audience gave him.

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Iphigénie en Tauride • TerraceTalk with Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Rebecca Schmid

13 AUG2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:59 h;
posted in: Opera

For Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, their work directing Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride did not start on stage. Rather, they sat down at the piano in an intimate atmosphere and discussed note for note and word for word with the singers. “We want to delve into profound emotions and depict extreme tragedy,” says Patrice Caurier. Especially in Gluck’s case, this is essential – one syllable equals one note, that was the point of Gluck’s opera reform, says Moshe Leiser. “People were to attend operas in order to understand the text, not only to hear beautiful music,” he explains.

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Der Rosenkavalier 2015 • TerraceTalk mit Krassimira Stoyanova, Golda Schulz, Günther Groissböck

11 AUG2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:22 h;
posted in: Opera

So difficult, so sympathetic, so touching – the language of Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier simply goes straight to the heart, says the Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova. After the huge success of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the 2014 Salzburg Festival, this year she will again embody the role of Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg at the revival.

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31 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:23 h;
posted in: Opera, General

One thing was clear immediately when Rolando Villazón appeared today on the Press Terrace of the Salzburg Festival: this would be an entertaining edition of our Terrace Talk series, for the Mexican artist’s temperament is legendary. His eloquence is not limited to words – facial expressions and expansive gestures emphasise his statements.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • TeraceTalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus Skovhus und Wolfgang Schaufler

24 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
posted in: Opera, General

The Felsenreitschule, that cultic place of power, is a wonderful performance venue for his opera Die Eroberung von Mexico, says composer Wolfgang Rihm. He adds that the space can be partitioned in so many ways, leading to a sound sphere, even a physical sensation of sound within the space, explaining that he designed the piece so that the singers could derive their notes from the sound.

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Siemens Festival>Nights: The Free Open-Air-Highlight of the Salzburg Festival

24 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:30 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

From July 25 to August 30, 2015, another edition of the Siemens Festival>Nights takes place on Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz – for the 14th time in parallel with the Salzburg Festival. In cooperation with the Salzburg Festival, ORF Salzburg and Unitel, not only historical productions, but many highlights from this year’s programme will be shown over a period of five weeks.

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival

22 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:08 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

This year, the Salzburg Festival takes place for the 95th time. Last weekend, the traditional performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, part of the Ouverture spirituelle, and the premiere of Jedermann launched the festival season. The opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival takes place at the Felsenreitschule on July 26 at 11 am. The ceremony will be attended by the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, the Austrian Minister of Art and Culture, Constitution and Media Dr. Josef Ostermayer and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered this year by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Safranski.

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Operas in Concert this Festival Summer

22 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:30 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Apart from numerous concerts, drama productions and many staged operas, this year features concert performances of operas as well. Werther, Dido and Aeneas and Ernani are three performances worth experiencing.

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Angela Gheorghiu and Elisabeth Kulman Replace Elīna Garanča

14 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:36 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Unfortunately, Elīna Garanča has cancelled her appearances at the Salzburg Festival for this summer, sending the following message:
“Due to personal reasons, I much regret to withdraw from my professional activities until further notice. My mother is suffering from terminal cancer, so I will now stay by her side in Riga. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding in this difficult time.”

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For the new production of “Die Eroberung von Mexico”

7 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:04 h;
posted in: Opera

The team bringing Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico to the Salzburg Festival stage is in the midst of its rehearsals. Therefore, it is an unusual occurrence to find Peter Konwitschny (director), Johannes Leiacker (set and costume designer), Ingo Metzmacher (music director) and Bettina Bartz (the production dramaturge) taking their seats on a podium to answer questions from journalists at such an early stage, three weeks before the premiere.

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Back due to Popular Demand: Revivals!

6 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:12 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama

Numerous new productions await the Salzburg Festival’s guests this summer, but there are also some revivals of particularly successful productions on the playbill. These include Der Rosenkavalier, Iphigénie en Tauride, Norma, Il trovatore and Jedermann. Therefore, if you missed a production during the past years, maybe this year you will get lucky and secure one of the sought-after tickets.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico • Conversations with the Opera’s Composer, Conductor and Director

8 JUN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
posted in: Opera

After the celebrated world premiere of Dionysos at the 2010 Salzburg Festival, this year Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico will be performed. Click here to read extracts from interviews with the composer, the conductor Ingo Metzmacher, who led the world premiere of this opera in Hamburg in 1992, and the director Peter Konwitschny.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • An Opera of Enlightenment

13 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:45 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Whitsun

Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragedy in four acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be staged at Whitsun and at the Salzburg Festival in summer. Who is this Iphigénie whose fate inspired not only Christoph Willibald Gluck but also artists like Goethe, Racine, Handel, Tommaso Traetta and Niccolò Jommelli?

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Young Singers Project 2015

5 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

In 2008 the Young Singers Project was inaugurated, with the goal of enabling young singers from all over the world to further their education on an international level. Like all its other elements, the Salzburg Festival’s education programmes follow the motto set by one of its founders: “Opera and theatre – the best of both” (Hugo von Hofmannsthal).

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“The role is a good fit” – Golda Schultz as Sophie in Der “Rosenkavalier”

16 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:18 h;
posted in: Opera

“That’s the Way to Run a Festival!” was the headline of a major Austrian newspaper last year, on the occasion of the premiere of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Harry Kupfer. Thus, there are many reasons to experience Der Rosenkavalier this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. One new element of the production, however, is the South African soprano Golda Schultz, and she alone is worth attending the revival.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

10 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
posted in: Opera, Whitsun

When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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Plácido Domingo • Gala Concert Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Salzburg Debut

3 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:55 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert

Plácido Domingo has decided to retire the role of Conte di Luna from his repertoire and has therefore cancelled all respective performances in Berlin, Milan and Salzburg. Fortunately, it will still be possible to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Salzburg debut with a gala concert at the Festival. 

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A Myth without Pathos

9 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:59 h;
posted in: Opera, Whitsun

What unites Cleopatra, Norma, Cenerentola and Iphigénie? Cecilia Bartoli creates studies of moving fates with passion. An interview with Cecilia Bartoli about her role debut in the title role of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

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The Salzburg Festival in Numbers

8 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:18 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert

Summer 2015! July 18 to August 30! 188 performances! 44 days! 12 performance venues! That is what the Salzburg Festival looks like from a slightly different perspective: broken down to numbers.

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PETER KONWITSCHNY to direct Die Eroberung von Mexico, replacing LUC BONDY

19 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:23 h;
posted in: Opera

The Salzburg Festival regrets to announce that Luc Bondy finds himself unable to direct the production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for reasons of scheduling as well as personal ones. At the same time, we are happy to announce that we have been able to convince Peter Konwitschny to take on this production as director.

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Public Screening of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier in Japan

7 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  21:58 h;
posted in: Opera, General

Japan and Austria, Kawasaki and Salzburg – two art-loving countries, two twin cities. Cultural exchange through Public Screenings: on Sunday, December 7, Kawasaki, a metropolis of millions close to Tokyo, showed the 2014 Salzburg Festival’s production of Der Rosenkavalier on a large-format public screen – befitting during the anniversary year of its composer.

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Bauprobe for the New Production “Le nozze di Figaro”

4 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:51 h;
posted in: Opera

Today the Bauprobe (mock-up set rehearsal) for W. A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro took place at the Haus für Mozart. Following the working model by set designer Alex Eales, the Salzburg Festival workshops built the Bauprobe sets on a scale of 1:1.

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The 2015 Opera Programme

6 NOV2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:05 h;
posted in: Opera, General

Masters and servants, the powerful and the powerless, oppression and protest – these binary oppositions provide the themes of the opera and drama programmes of the Festival in 2015. Reconciling people to that inequality – which is reflected not only in wealth and poverty, liberty and constraint, but which determines all social conditions, even the most personal of relationships – appears to have been a challenge as urgent as it is insoluble throughout the ages. 

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