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Opera Camps for Children and Youths

In cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic and with the support of the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF)

For a series of week-long opera camps for children from all over the world ranging in age from 9 to 17 Schloss Arenberg serves as the idyllic and inspirational setting. Under the expert guidance of music, dance, voice and set design instructors as well as members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the music-loving children and young people immerse themselves (without their parents) in a specific opera. In concluding performances they also present their own reinterpretations of the works in public. This incredibly successful programme has instilled a love of classical music and opera in children and young adults from all over the world.
The camps, which are traditionally oriented towards opera, are supplemented for the first time this year by a Theatre Camp, which will take on a play of central importance to the Salzburg Festival: Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann.

Conceived and led by Hanne Muthspiel-Payer
'passwort:klassik', the Vienna Philharmonic’s music education programme

Registration ended on Friday January 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

The number of places is limited. Applicants will be informed whether they have a place by the end of February 2017.
Applications for the opera camps can only be submitted using our online application form. Written applications or applications made over the phone cannot be accepted.
The participation fee includes workshops, rehearsal visit, room and board, leisure time activities.
Bursaries are available for participants from low-income families.
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg, Arenbergstrasse 10, 5020 Salzburg

I. Jedermann-Camp

on the drama Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
For German-speaking children and teenagers aged 10 to 15
Camp language: German

Oliver Madas, Composition and Conductor
Christian Stefan Horvath, Conductor and Chorus Master
Harald Volker Sommer, Director
Hanna Adlaoui Mayerl, Sets and Costumes
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Concept

Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann lies at the very heart of the Salzburg Festival. The performances on Domplatz (Cathedral Square) draw in the entire old town in an inimitable way, transforming the Domplatz into a huge open-air theatre.
The raucous din of the banquet scene, the cries of ‘JEEE-DEER-MAAANN’, and the peal of church bells all resound over the rooftops and squares, even sending a shiver down the spines of those without a seat or standing place on Domplatz. ‘The entire city holds its breath for this play’, wrote Max Reinhardt during the 1930s, ‘even the children act out Jedermann.’
In fact, the children of Salzburg’s old town did once enact, for fun, their own performance of Hofmannsthal’s Play of the Rich Man’s Death – in 1931. They managed to get onto the Domplatz stage, not to play catch, or hide and seek, but rather to imitate what they had surreptitiously observed during the play’s rehearsals. This didn’t go unnoticed by the public: word of the ‘Children’s Jedermann soon spread, with the result that the authorities were compelled into sanctioning this grand special performance. 86 years later it’s time for a new children’s Jedermann! The children and young people who participate in the Jedermann Camp will first see the original on Domplatz, then after an intensive week of preparation present their own version in the Heckentheater (hedge theatre) of the Mirabell Garden. Singing and stage music will also not go neglected!

Children who would like to participate in this camp should be fluent in German.

Monday, July 17 (arrival before midday) to Sunday, July 23, 2017
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Saturday, July 22 – 6:15 pm
Sunday, July 23 – 6:15 pm
Grosses Studio of the University Mozarteum

II. Aida-Camps

On the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
For children and teenagers aged 9 to 13
Camp language: German, English

Tobias Wögerer, Conductor
Christoph Wigelbeyer, Chorus Master
Ute Engelhardt, Director
Hanna Adlaoui Mayerl, Sets and Costumes
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Concept

Aida is Giuseppe Verdi’s most famous opera and one of the most widely played musical works ever written for the lyric stage. Its heart-breaking love triangle unfurls amid a remorseless power struggle in the ancient Egypt of the pharaohs, ultimately ending in tragedy.
We will become familiar with Verdi’s stunning music and stage our own version of Aida as it’s never been seen. Perhaps the story will end quite differently this time… At any rate, many responsibilities await our young participants: as members of the camp orchestra, choir singers, stage designers, and actors.

Monday, July 24 (arrival in the afternoon) to Sunday, July 30, 2017
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Sunday, July 30 (arrival in the afternoon) to Friday, August 4, 2017
Fees: € 445,- each (Siblings pay each € 425,-)

Public Final Performances (free tickets):
Aida-Camp I: Sunday, July 30 – 1:00 am, republic
Aida-Camp II: Friday, August 4 – 4:00 pm, republic

III. Wozzeck-Camp

On the opera Wozzeck by Alban Berg
For teenagers aged 14 to 17
Camp language: German, English

Tobias Wögerer, Conductor
Christian Stefan Horvath, Chorus Master
Tristan Jorde, Director
Manfred Rainer, Video
Hannah Öllinger, Costumes
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Concept

In place of hummable melodies or catchy rhythms, you can expect a musical language which reflects the spirit of an epoch, expresses the chaos felt in Europe after the First World War and explores the dark side of the human psyche. Like many other composers at the beginning of the twentieth century, Alban Berg experimented with what became termed ‘atonal’ music, which is not anchored in any particular key.
Our special visit to the dress rehearsal on the very first day will fire the imaginations of our young participants to set about creating a version of Wozzeck as seen from their perspective.

Saturday, August 5 (arrival before midday) to Friday, August 11, 2017
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Public Final Performance (free admission):
Friday, August 11 – 4:30 pm, republic

All links to Programme for Children and Teenagers 2017