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)

No matter whether or not you have already seen and heard an opera, our opera camps will open up the world of opera for you, and we shall then see whether you can resist the magic allure of Wagner, Mozart, Puccini and all the rest of them. Let us talk you into taking part in this experiment!

You will meet children and young people from all over the world, all of whom love music as much as you do. Working together, you will examine one of the operas in the Salzburg Festival repertory at Schloss Arenberg: you will discover the music and plot as well as the characters and their emotions by acting, singing and dancing yourselves and by helping to design and build the sets. Professionals will help you to create a miniature opera of your own. In order to inspire you, you will also be invited to attend a rehearsal of your opera in the Festspielhaus, where you will be able to go backstage. And then your big moment will come, when members of the Vienna Philharmonic coach you all and you take part in our final public performance.

We look forward to seeing you there.

I. Trovatore-Camp

on the opera Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
For teenagers aged 13 to 17

Monday, August 4 to Sunday, August 10, 2014 (6 nights)
Fees*: € 430,- each (Siblings pay each € 410,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Sunday, August 10 / 11:00 am / Große Universitätsaula

Leading Team:
Mario Mattiazzo, Choreography and Direction
Phillip Barczewski, Conductor
Christoph Wigelbeyer, Chorus Master
Hanna Adlaoui Mayerl, Costumes and Sets
Esther Mertel, Direction
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Management

II. Fierrabras-Camp

on the opera Fierrabras by Franz Schubert
For children aged 9 to 12

Sunday, August 10 to Sunday, August 17, 2014 (7 nights)
Fees*: € 465,- each (Siblings pay each € 445,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Sunday, August 17 / 04:00 pm / Große Universitätsaula

Leading team:
Ute Engelhardt, Direction
Phillip Barczewski, Conductor
Christoph Wigelbeyer, Chorus Master
Hanna Adlaoui Mayerl, Costumes and Sets
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Management

About 90 children and teenagers from Europe, Canada, the USA and Russia will take part in the Trovatore Camp and the Fierrabras Camp. As every year, only a fraction of the many applicants could be invited. All the participants will live at Arenberg Palace together with the artistic and pedagogical team, turning the venue into a miniature opera house during this period. In addition to attending the dress rehearsal of the original opera production, the young people will produce their own short version of “their” opera. This summer the Festival offers workshops in the fields of dance, acting, costume and set design, choir and instrumental ensemble.

The application process for 2014 has been completed. Applications for the 2015 Opera Camps can be filed here from mid-November onward.

All links to Programme for Children and Teenagers 2014





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