Opera Camps for Children and Youths

In cooperation with the Wiener Philharmoniker and with financial support from the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF)

Music-loving children and teenagers from all over the world meet at the popular Opera Camps. Without their parents, they spend a week together at the idyllic Arenberg Palace, right in the middle of Salzburg. Great operas are prepared and made accessible in an age-appropriate fashion. Experts from many different fields of art, pedagogues and members of the Vienna Philharmonic lead and participate in the workshops. For many participants, the musical experiences and human encounters during the Opera Camps form a highlight of their summer holidays, laying the foundation of a life-long love for musical theatre.
There are no language barriers to worry about, as the language of the camps is: International!
This year we offer an additional four-day camp focusing on the opera Der Rosenkavalier, designed especially for young adults aged 17 and up.

I. Fidelio-Camp

on the opera Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven
For children aged 9 to 13

This camp offers children an approach to the world of music on the emotional level. At the same time, the opera Fidelio with its central themes of ‘liberty’ and ‘justice’ offers an ideal, open framework for associations with the world outside the music, with creative freedom for finding one’s own subjects. The many activities, ranging from instrumental ensembles to choral singing and all the way to acting on stage and designing sets and costumes, involve all the senses, and the children will be supported and instructed according to their abilities and needs.
Following the necessary preparation, they will attend one of the final rehearsals at the Festspielhaus, gathering inspiration and motivation for their own final presentation, during which professionals will be helping them. A motivated young team of social pedagogues and music students will ensure a varied and child-appropriate atmosphere. 

Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 2, 2015
Fees: € 470,- each (Siblings pay each € 450,-)

Public Final Performances (free tickets):
Sunday, August 2 – 03:00 pm / 05:00 pm, ARGEkultur, Ulrike-Gschwandtner-Straße 5, 5020 Salzburg

II. Trovatore-Camp

on the opera Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
For teenagers aged 13 to 16

Due to its great success, the opera Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi will be revived during the summer of 2015. This means another chance for all those who have not experienced the Trovatore Camp yet: all those who want to join new friends in getting to know this dramatic story about revenge, love and jealousy. The instrumentalists and choral singers will have the opera’s musical highlights tailored to their abilities, and in designing their own sets, there are hardly any limits to the young participants’ imagination. The joint experience is the main point here, and therefore participants develop scenes and choreographies together, telling the opera’s story from their own point of view – with sometimes unexpected, sometimes comical results. They are quite free to choose their own version for the end: tragic, like the original, or completely different? We won’t know until the camp’s final presentation.

Monday, August 3 to Sunday, August 9, 2015
Fees: € 470,- each (Siblings pay each € 450,-)

Public Final Performances (free tickets):
Sunday, August 9 – 02:00 pm / 04:00 pm / ARGEkultur, Ulrike-Gschwandtner-Straße 5, 5020 Salzburg

III. Rosenkavalier-Camp

on the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
For young adults from 17 upwards

Those who have already attended a few operas and now want to encounter a truly grand opera could choose no better than Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier. The workshop introduces the participants to the action and music, and of course their own voices and instruments play a central role in this process. By role-playing and interpreting scenes on stage, the young people discover the protagonists and their emotions. However, they also learn what the composer and his poet friend Hugo von Hofmannsthal were thinking while creating this work, and find out whether this is still relevant for us today. Encounters and conversations with singers, musicians and the creative team provide insights into the production and an opportunity to study a contemporary approach to the score. At the end of this four-day camp, the highly applauded current Festival production at the Großes Festspielhaus awaits the participants.

Friday, August 14 to Monday, August 17, 2015
Fees: € 290,- each

No more registration possible!

The number of places is limited. Applicants will be informed whether they have a place by the end of February.

The participation fee includes workshops, rehearsal visits, room and board, leisure time activities.
Bursaries are available for participants from low-income families.
Accomodation: Schloss Arenberg, Arenbergstrasse 10, 5020 Salzburg

All links to Programme for Children and Teenagers 2015





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