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SALZBURG FESTIVAL | CONCERT 2016

Chamber Music Matinee Julia Fischer

Stiftung Mozarteum

Performers: Julia Fischer, Milana Chernyavska
Works by Antonín Dvořák, Bohuslav Martinů, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Pablo de Sarasate

Stuttgart Ballet • Romeo and Juliet

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: John Cranko, Soloists and ensemble of the Stuttgart Ballet, James Tuggle, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Works by John Cranko

The Tallis Scholars

Kollegienkirche

Performers: Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
Works by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Sheppard

Gala Concert

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Ádám Fischer, Angela Gheorghiu, Juan Diego Flórez, Benjamin Bernheim, Wiener Symphoniker
and others
Works by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Vincenzo Bellini, Charles Gounod

SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

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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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award • AWARD CONCERT WEEKEND

23 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:49 h;
posted in: Concert

SWITZERLAND, LITHUANIA AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE FINALE

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, having developed into one of the most sought-after honours for young conductors, is being held for the sixth time. This year, the Award Concert Weekend takes place for the first time during the summer.

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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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Divine Music in the Concert Series Ouverture spirituelle

15 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
posted in: Concert

Sacred works by Schubert, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner will be heard this summer as part of the concert series Ouverture spirituelle. The first performance on July 18 features Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung – already an enormous triumph at its premiere in 1799.

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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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Philharmonic World Premieres Return to Salzburg

27 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
posted in: Concert

In the long history of the orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic has given the world premieres of innumerable works. Its concert series this year pays homage to this fact, presenting works originally premiered by the orchestra on the Salzburg Festival stage.

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Heroes and Motifs of Greek Mythology with Philippe Jaroussky

15 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
posted in: Concert, Whitsun

The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is among the most sought-after singers of his fach. He previously performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012, for example, when he joined Cecilia Bartoli in the production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. This year, he returns for his own aria concert on the stage of the Haus für Mozart.

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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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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015: Three Finalists Nominated

16 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:09 h;
posted in: Concert

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award takes place this year for the 6th time. Once again, the interest in the award has been enormous. 65 candidates from 5 continents and 31 countries applied for Award, which has become one of the most sought-after international distinctions for young conductors all over the world. We would like to introduce the three finalists!

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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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Grigory Sokolov chooses solo recital at the Salzburg Festival for his new live album

15 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:30 h;
posted in: Concert, General

International Release:
January 19, 2015 will see the worldwide release of Grigory Sokolov’s recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin, which was recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 and is being released by DGG as part of the SALZBURG FESTIVAL DOCUMENTS edition. It is the first concert the pianist has permitted to be published in more than 20 years, having signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon this past October.

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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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Contemplative Sounds at the “Ouverture spirituelle”

17 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:59 h;
posted in: Concert

During the hectic days preceding Christmas, the contemplative and devout sounds of Christmas music offer us a space for inner peace and harmony. Sacred and atmospheric sounds also await our visitors at the Ouverture spirituelle, part of the 2015 Salzburg Festival. 

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The 2015 Concert Programme

6 NOV2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:03 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Designing a concert programme is like weaving. Like a textile’s warp, there are given constants that create structure. In our case, these are the traditional series featuring the Vienna Philharmonic, the series of guest orchestras, Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, great soloists and song recitalists of our times, intriguing chamber music formations and the most interesting performers of New Music – every year, we weave all of these into new patterns with other weft threads. Many of these threads take their origin in the Ouverture spirituelle and give rise to other series in their own right.

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Review of The Opera and Concert Programme 2014

1 SEP2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:13 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

The 94th edition of the Salzburg Festival began with a highly atmospheric, sold-out Ouverture spirituelle. The overwhelming rendition of the Vespro della Beata Vergine by John Eliot Gardiner at the Cathedral and the concert featuring Mozart’s final symphonies with Nikolaus Harnoncourt were early highlights of an immensely successful Festival season which attracted more than 270,000 guests.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award Ceremony: Maxime Pascal Conducted the Award Winner’s Concert

18 AUG2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:20 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Jury chairman Ingo Metzmacher and Peter Brabeck-Lethmathe, President of the Board of Nestlé S.A., presented the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, carrying a cash value of € 15,000, after yesterday’s Award Winner’s Concert at the Felsenreitschule. “It is an impressive experience to receive this important award in Salzburg. The audience here is great,” Maxime Pascal said. The programme of his concert with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra featured La Mer by Debussy and Poème de l’amour et de la mer by Ernest Chausson, with the out+standing mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa performing the solo part. The rousing finale was Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Alternative ways to get the Salzburg Festival experience!

7 AUG2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:51 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Once again, numerous Salzburg Festival productions are being recorded in cooperation with the exclusive media partners UNITEL CLASSICA, ORF, and ServusTV to broadcast via TV or radio on various stations. This presents a wonderful opportunity to experience the Salzburg Festival without purchasing tickets to the shows and sometimes these performances are aired live! Here’s a glimpse of the great variety of media productions scheduled for broadcast this year – mark the dates of your favourite productions in your calendar now!

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2014

2 AUG2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:58 h;
posted in: Concert, General

The competition “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” was initiated in 2010 by Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival. The competition’s goal is to give highly talented young conductors a decisive career impulse. The award winners are chosen by an expert jury. Apart from the classical and romantic repertoire, the interpretation of contemporary works is a decisive criterion in its deliberations. The prize carries a cash value of 15,000 Euros and will be presented to a young conductor aged between 22 and 35 for the sixth time in 2015. Plácido Domingo takes on the honorary presidency of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and will shepherd the initiative into its next phase.

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The Intimate Relationship between Word and Note: The Art Song

30 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:25 h;
posted in: Concert

What do Schubert and Rihm have in common, and what does Goethe have to do with it? What is the connection between Brahms and Schubert, and how does it sound when harp and soprano are heard together? These and many other questions will be answered by the song recitals at this year’s Salzburg Festival.

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The Mozart Matinees: A Fixture in the Salzburg Festival’s Concert Programme

24 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:33 h;
posted in: Concert

Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mozart Matinees at the Salzburg Festival are linked by tradition. This year, there are six different Matinees on the concert programme, each with two performances. Conductors include Manfred Honeck, who led the Mozarteum Orchestra this past weekend, Ádám Fischer, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski and Vladimir Fedoseyev – guaranteeing a stylistically rich programme!

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A Fresh Anton Bruckner Tradition

22 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:05 h;
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This year, the Salzburg Festival presents all the symphonies by Anton Bruckner which the composer himself endorsed. Five of them will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, which has dedicated itself to the oeuvre of the master from Linz from the very beginning. Another four concerts bring you fascinating Bruckner encounters with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

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The Participants of the 2014 Young Singers Project Have Been Chosen

1 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:10 h;
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The participants of the Young Singers Project have been chosen. Director Toni Gradsack received more than 350 applications during the course of the past months. Faced with a wealth of choices, he selected 22 singers, inviting them to Salzburg for the summer. Expectations are running high!

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Winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award • Maxime Pascal

3 MAR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:57 h;
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At the 2014 Award Concert Weekend held at the Felsenreitschule, the 28-year-old Maxime Pascal from France convinced the jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher by conducting a concert of Camerata Salzburg with soloist Ramón Ortega Quero.
“The concerts of the three finalists Maxime Pascal, Leo McFall and Victor Aviat all had a very high level. After extensive deliberation, the jury has decided unanimously in favour of young Maxime Pascal. His great musicality and his special rapport with the orchestra convinced us,” the Chairman of the Jury, Ingo Metzmacher, said when the 2014 winner was announced. 

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Introducing Victor Aviat, the Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award

13 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
posted in: Concert

And finally, we introduce you to the remaining finalist, Victor Aviat from France, who will conduct the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg with soloist Veronika Eberle at the Felsenreitschule on March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm. He has also provided us with interesting answers to several questions. 

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Questions for the Second Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Leo McFall

10 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:30 h;
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The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is Leo McFall from Great Britain. Read here what the finale and music in general mean to him. Leo McFall will conduct the Mozarteum Orchestra with soloist Jan Lisiecki on March 1, 2014 at 07.30 pm

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In Conversation with the First of Three Finalists of the Young Conductors Award – Maxime Pascal

7 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:28 h;
posted in: Concert

On February 28, March 1 and 2, the Award Concert Weekend for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards takes place at the Felsenreitschule. Here, we introduce you to the three finalists. We have asked them about themselves, their musical development, their love for music and the final round they are facing. Three subsequent blogs will give you an impression of Maxime Pascal, Leo McFall and Victor Aviat. We start out with Maxime Pascal from France, who will lead the first concert of the Award Concert Weekend on February 28, 2014 at 7.30 pm, featuring the Camerata Salzburg and the oboist Ramón Ortega Quero. 

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2014 - The Three Finalists have been Chosen

8 JAN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:15 h;
posted in: Concert

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, which has become one of the most coveted prizes for young conductors, goes into its fifth round in 2014. In its fifth year, candidates from four continents showed interest in this international award for young conductors. Altogether, 82 persons applied. Now the three finalists have been chosen: Victor Aviat (31) from France, Leo McFall (32) from Great Britain and Maxime Pascal (28), also from France.

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The Salzburg Festival congratulates Hossam Mahmoud on winning the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg

19 NOV2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:36 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Hossam Mahmoud commissioned to write Seelenfäden for the 2014 Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is delighted that the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg has been awarded to Hossam Mahmoud. During the 2014 Festival summer, the Ouverture spirituelle and the series Salzburg contemporary will each feature one of the composer’s works. “This decision by the jury results in double encouragement for Hossam Mahmoud's creative work during difficult times: on the one hand, there is the 2014 programming of the Salzburg Festival, on the other, this important and generously endowed prize of the State of Salzburg,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler emphasises.

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The Vienna Philharmonic remains the heart of the Festival

30 AUG2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:52 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

The Vienna Philharmonic has always been one of the main pillars of the Salzburg Festival. “Without the Vienna Philharmonic, there might be a festival in Salzburg, but it would not be the Salzburg Festival.” Clearer words than those of President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler in her interview with Die Presse can hardly be found to describe the role of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Festival.

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Hagen Quartet Presents Beethoven Cycle

17 AUG2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:00 h;
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Yesterday, the Hagen Quartet gave the highly successful opening concert of its cycle Beethoven Hagen Quartet at the Mozarteum Foundation’s Main Hall. Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt, Veronika Hagen and Clemens Hagen will perform five further concerts at the Salzburg Festival, completing a full set of Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets. The art of chamber music at its very best!

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Intensive Encounter with Gustav Mahler

21 JUL2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  19:14 h;
posted in: Concert, General

In his symphonies, Gustav Mahler formulated a utopia which he described as a “longing beyond the things of this world”. With the complete performance of all nine finished symphonies, the 2013 Salzburg Festival offers an opportunity to experience Mahler’s cosmos in all its facets. In order to make this encounter with Gustav Mahler even more intensive, we were able to engage Gilbert Kaplan, who has studied the life and work of this composer like hardly anyone else today, to give two lectures.

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Ouverture spirituelle under the Sign of Buddhism

18 JUL2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:55 h;
posted in: Concert

Last year, the newly-introduced concert series Ouverture spirituelle met with a most enthusiastic echo. Also this year, the Salzburg Festival will once again open with sacred music, and again, works by Catholic and Protestant composers will be juxtaposed with another religion – this time, it will be Buddhism, brought to you via traditional and recent music from Japan.

Our program guide offers an overview of all the events pertaining to the Ouverture spirituelle series: 





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Happy Birthday, Sir Harrison Birtwistle!

15 JUL2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:00 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert


We congratulate Sir Harrison Birtwistle on his 79th birthday! Born in Accrington, Great Britain, on July 15, 1934, he is considered one of the most important contemporary composers in Europe today. This year, the Salzburg Festival focuses on his oeuvre in its programme. First and foremost, there is his opera Gawain, which will have its premiere on July 26 at the Felsenreitschule. Furthermore, we present selected Birtwistle works as part of the series Salzburg contemporary: for example at a concert of the Klangforum Wien on July 31, or with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna on August 12, 2013, which will see the Austrian premiere of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.



Experience the Mariinsky Ballet in Le Sacre du printemps

18 MAY2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:00 h;
posted in: Concert, Whitsun

Le Sacre du printemps is featured in no less than two productions at this year’s Whitsun Festival. On the one hand, it is the focus of the exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra; on the other, it is the highlight of the programme point SpringSACRIFICE, featuring the Mariinsky Ballet. Experience Igor Stravinsky’s impressive score and its archaic rhythms on two occasions at the Großes Festspielhaus under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013: The Winner for 2013 is Ben Gernon

12 MAY2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:55 h;
posted in: Concert, Whitsun

Ben Gernon from Great Britain, aged 23, convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher during the Award Concert Weekend at the Felsenreitschule by performing works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven with the Camerata Salzburg.

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Introducing Antonio Méndez, the Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award

8 MAY2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:09 h;
posted in: Concert, Whitsun, General

And finally, we introduce you to the remaining finalist, Antonio Méndez from Spain, who will conduct the Munich Radio Orchestra with soloist Sebastian Manz at the Felsenreitschule on May 12, 2013 at 11:00 am. He has also provided us with interesting answers to several questions.

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Questions for the Second Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Yu Lu

6 MAY2013

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

The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is Yu Lu from China. Read here what the finale and music in general mean to him. Yu Lu will conduct the Mozarteum Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang on May 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

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In Conversation with the First of Three Finalists of the Young Conductors Award – Ben Gernon

29 APR2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:18 h;
posted in: Concert, Whitsun, General

On May 10, 11 and 12, the Award Concert Weekend for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards takes place at the Felsenreitschule. Here, we introduce you to the three finalists. We have asked them about themselves, their musical development, their love for music and the final round they are facing. Three subsequent blogs will give you an impression of Ben Gernon, Yu Lu and Antonio Méndez. We start out with Ben Gernon from Great Britain, who will lead the first concert of the Award Concert Weekend on May 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm, featuring the Camerata Salzburg and Sophie Pacini as piano soloist.

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El Sistema – An Idea Spreading throughout the World

26 APR2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:13 h;
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Music as a means to change society. This vision of José Antonio Abreu stood at the beginning of the initiative El Sistema. And this vision has become reality. More than two million children have profited from El Sistema in Venezuela since its founding; currently almost 400,000 children, mainly from disadvantaged social strata, are learning an instrument and making music in the country’s ensembles and orchestras, gaining a new perspective on life. In the meantime, the movement has spread around the world. More than one hundred similar projects all over the world have taken inspiration from this great philosophy, believing passionately in the power of music. We share this passion and are convinced that El Sistema at the Salzburg Festival will contribute to strengthening existing initiatives – like superar – and providing new impulses for the realisation of similar projects in other countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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Save the Date - Award Concert Weekend - May 10-12, 2013

22 APR2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
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3 young conductors present 3 concerts with 3 soloists at the Felsenreitschule

Once again, the three finalists of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” will have the opportunity to conduct one concert at the Felsenreitschule featuring one of the three partner orchestras and a young soloist.

The 29-year-old Spaniard Antonio Méndez, 23-year-old Ben Gernon from Great Britain and 23-year-old Yu Lu from China were selected from 82 applicants by the jury of this year’s “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, chaired by Ingo Metzmacher.

On May 10, 11 and 12, the three conductors present themselves to the public during the Award Concert Weekend, leading the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Munich Radio Orchestra in programmes of their choosing.

The initiative’s goal is to give highly talented young artists a decisive impulse for their further career. The award derives additional attractiveness from the public presentations of this weekend, featuring three young soloists who are winners of internationally renowned competitions.

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Young Singers Tread the Red Carpet at MIDEM in Cannes

4 FEB2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:50 h;
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For the first time since the founding of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project six years ago, four of its young singers performed for the international audience of the world’s largest music trade-fair, midem, in Cannes. The Hungarian soprano Maria Celeng, the Italian mezzo-soprano Benedetta Mazzucato, the Austrian tenor Clemens Kerschbaumer and the Ukrainian baritone Yiuri Samoilov took their audience by storm during a recital in Cannes in the South of France, performing a total of seventeen arias by Handel, Hasse, Mozart, Mascagni, Massenet, Bizet, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Britten and Verdi. 

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013 - Three finalists have been announced

30 JAN2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:01 h;
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Out of 82 applicants, including 11 women, the jury of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” chaired by Ingo Metzmacher has selected three conductors: the 29-year old Antonio Méndez from Spain, the 23-year old Ben Gernon from Great Britain and 23-year old Yu Lu from China. The three finalists will present themselves to the public on May 10, 11 and 12 during the Award Concert Weekend.

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The new 2013 Festival program

7 NOV2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:15 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

A thousand thanks for all the interest and enthusiasm with which you greeted our new start in 2012. And special thanks for your spontaneous support of the new elements we presented in our programme – from the Ouverture spirituelle to our contemporary music series and to the highly acclaimed production of Die Soldaten. With 278.500 guests we were able to receive the greatest number of visitors in the Festival’s history.

We are confident that many surprises are awaiting you in the programme of the 2013 Festival summer. A dominant theme is formed by the works of Wagner and Verdi: operas from their middle and later periods are being staged in new productions while select early operas are being performed in concert.

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Seeking young talented conductors!

25 OCT2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:17 h;
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With the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, the Salzburg Festival and Nestlé embark upon a talent search for the fourth time already. Apply now if you are a conductor with a broad-ranging repertoire and between 21 and 35 years of age.

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Applications now accepted for the Young Singers Project!

4 OCT2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:15 h;
posted in: Opera, General, Concert

Are you a soprano, tenor or bass and under 26 years of age? If you are at home in the repertoire of Mozart, in baroque, Italian and French opera, apply now to participate in the Young Singers Project in 2013!

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Grand Festival Finale Featuring International Top Orchestras

23 AUG2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:24 h;
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During the last ten days of this year’s Salzburg Festival, one world-class orchestra follows another. Great names like the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam or the London Symphony Orchestra will grace the stage at the Orchestra Finale. Read on for an overview of all the protagonists of the Festival’s final orchestral concerts.

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Daniel Barenboim’s Extensive Activities at the Salzburg Festival

14 AUG2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:48 h;
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Daniel Barenboim made his Salzburg Festival debut – as a pianist – as early as 1965. Over the years, the native Argentinean has been one of the artists most closely associated with the Festival. This summer, Barenboim appears in no less than six concerts at the Festival – both as a conductor and pianist. 

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Schubert's last sonatas – a lecture with Alfred Brendel

4 AUG2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:38 h;
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Alfred Brendel no longer gives concerts. However, this does not mean he no longer plays the piano in public. On Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm, he will lecture on "Schubert's Last Piano Sonatas" at the Main Auditorium of the University, demonstrating at the piano.

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Program of the YCA Award Winner’s Concert Announced

30 JUL2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:06 h;
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, winner of the third annual “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” in 2012, will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Felsenreitschule on August 12. The 26-year-old conductor from Lithuania convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher in a concert with the Camerata Salzburg at the first-ever Award Concert Weekend at the Felsenreitschule at the end of April. “It was a very close call. What finally decided us was her greater determination and clarity,” said Metzmacher. 

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The Italian Soprano Fiorenza Cedolins will Perform Today instead of Barbara Frittoli

27 JUL2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:18 h;
posted in: Concert

At today’s open-air benefit concert with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Italian soprano Fiorenza Cedolins will sing instead of Barbara Frittoli. Under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Fiorenza Cedolins and Plácido Domingo will perform arias and duets by Ludwig van Beethoven, Umberto Giordano, Giuseppe Verdi, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Lehár, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Pablo Sorozábal and Antonín Dvořák.

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Of Historic Tapestries and Musical Pilgrimages

24 JUL2012

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

For the first time, the 2012 Salzburg Festival will open with an Ouverture spirituelle. The idea was sparked by the city itself: with its beautiful churches, it inspired us to devote more attention to liturgical works again. Masterworks of sacred music await you!

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Swiss Composer Heinz Holliger Is the Focus of Salzburg contemporary

4 JUL2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:16 h;
posted in: Concert

Heinz Holliger is the focus of the new concert series Salzburg contemporary. As a conductor and/or oboist, Holliger performs in no less than six concerts forming part of this series of events at the 2012 Salzburg Festival. Moreover, he conducts a Mozart Matinee and a concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. Michael Kunkel spoke to him about interdependencies in music and life, the violence inherent in quietude and the privilege of a jester’s license. 

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7th Special Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic with Young Brass and Wind Players from Salzburg and Carinthia

2 JUL2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:04 h;
posted in: Concert

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 the seventh edition of the special concert of the Vienna Philharmonic with talented young brass and wind players takes place. Here, young talents from Salzburg and Carinthia will present themselves under the baton of Prof. Karl Jeitler in a concert program featuring works by Pietro Mascagni, Josef Strauß, Johann Strauß, Josef Bayer and others. Today, the sought-after free tickets became available!

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Wins Young Conductors Award 2012

30 APR2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:53 h;
posted in: Concert

The winner of the 2012 “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, held this year for the third time, is Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.  26-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla from Lithuania convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher at the Award Concert Weekend, when she performed at the Felsenreitschule with the Camerata Salzburg. “It was a very close call. In the end, greater determination and clarity was the crucial factor,” said Metzmacher.

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Jamie Phillips, Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award, in Conversation

19 APR2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:00 h;
posted in: Concert

Last but not least, we would like to draw your attention and curiosity to the remaining finalist, Jamie Phillips. You can see him work with the Mozarteum Orchestra and soloist Ingolf Wunder on April 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm, also at the Felsenreitschule.

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Questions for the Next Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Christian Baldini

18 APR2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:45 h;
posted in: Concert

The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is the Argentine Christian Baldini. He will perform at the Felsenreitschule on April 29, 2012 at 11:00 am together with the Munich Radio Orchestra and pianist Alexej Gorlatch. He also took the time to answer some questions about his background and his work.

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A Conversation with the Female Finalist of the Young Conductors Award - Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

17 APR2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:50 h;
posted in: Concert

On April 28 and 29, the Award Concert Weekend takes place for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award at the Felsenreitschule. We would like to introduce the three finalists to you and have asked them a few questions about themselves, their love for music and the finale which they are about to compete in. In three subsequent blogs, you can get an impression of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Christian Baldini and Jamie Phillips. Following the motto “Ladies first,” we begin today with the Lithuanian Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who conducts the Camerata Salzburg with soloist Dan Zhu on April 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

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The Concert Programs of the Three Finalists of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” Have Been Announced

30 MAR2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:50 h;
posted in: Concert

They were selected from 91 applicants by a jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher: the three finalists of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012”. The programs with which the three young conductors – the 20-year-old Briton Jamie Phillips, the 33-year-old Argentine Christian Baldini and the 26-year-old Lithuanian Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – will present themselves for the first time to a large audience have now been determined. As part of the Award Concert Weekend on April 28 and 29, 2012, they will introduce themselves at the Felsenreitschule. For the first time, you will have the opportunity to be present when the best young conductor is chosen. 

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Cleopatra and the Snake

5 MAR2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:33 h;
posted in: Concert, Whitsun

This year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival is dominated by Queen Cleopatra. The great Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin has been commissioned to write a work about this mythical figure. His narration combines old and new elements, is inspired by Shakespeare and allows Anna Netrebko to sing in her mother tongue. The mini-opera offers a universal story, replete with grand drama and fresh text. Brigitte Kempen (Opernglas) met Rodion Shchedrin in Munich, to learn more about this upcoming world premiere.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012 - Three finalists have been announced

10 FEB2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:30 h;
posted in: Concert

Out of 91 applicants, including 19 women, the jury of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” chaired by Ingo Metzmacher has selected three conductors, two men and one woman: the 20-year-old Englishman Jamie Phillips, the 33-year-old Argentinean Christian Baldini and the 26-year-old Lithuanian Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The three finalists will present themselves to the public on April 28 and 29 during the Award Concert Weekend.

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Thomas Quasthoff will return to the Salzburg Festival stage

2 FEB2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:51 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Together with Michael Volle and Helmut Deutsch, he devotes himself to Johannes Brahms’ Die schöne Magelone as the narrator. Wonderful news: his innumerable fans will be able to attend a performance by Thomas Quasthoff at the 2012 Festival after all.

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Grand Theatrical Magic – The Program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival

11 NOV2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:10 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

On November 11, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira and Director of Drama Sven-Eric Bechtolf unveiled the eagerly anticipated program of the next Salzburg Festival, together with President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The new artistic leadership team presents new productions of classics of opera and literature, numerous world premieres and several innovations.

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Reorientation of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and Extension of Nestlé’s Sponsorship

7 OCT2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:00 h;
posted in: Concert, General

At a press conference in Zurich, essential new developments for the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” were announced: the award will be expanded by an Award Concert Weekend in April, and conductor Ingo Metzmacher becomes chairman of the jury.

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Alexander Pereira begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the Festival, Sven-Eric Bechtolf is the new Director of Drama

1 OCT2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:30 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, Whitsun, General

Since today, October 1, 2011, Alexander Pereira is the new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival. At the same time, Sven-Eric Bechtolf becomes Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival. President Helga Rabl-Stadler will continue to be responsible for the business agenda of the Festival. On November 11, the new Directorate will introduce the audience to the program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

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Eine erfolgreiche Saison geht zu Ende

28 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  16:33 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Nur noch zwei Opernabende stehen für unser Orchester auf dem Programm der diesjährigen, sehr erfolgreichen Festspiele in Salzburg. Berichten möchte ich noch kurz von unserer alljährlichen liebenswerten Tradition, in einer der letzten Salzburg-Proben die in den Ruhestand tretenden Kollegen im Kreise des Orchesters zu verabschieden …

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Gert Voss: Honor, Award, Film Premiere

27 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:12 h;
posted in: Concert, General

On Friday, August 26, 2011, the film premiere of Scheitern, scheitern, besser scheitern! with Gert Voss and Harald Schmitt took place at DAS KINO Salzburg at 8:30 pm. After this, the character actor Gert Voss received the Kurier’s Romy Award and the Grand Decoration of Honor of the State of Salzburg.

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Endspurt bei den Festspielen

23 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  09:26 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Der Endspurt bei den Festspielen hat begonnen: Für die Wiener Philharmoniker ist vergangene Woche die letzte Opernpremiere (Don Giovanni) erfolgreich über die Bühne gegangen. So neigt sich ein Sommer, in dem wir Künstler unsere Erfahrungen in verschiedensten Stilrichtungen einbringen – so wie auch viele neue sammeln konnten –, dem Ende zu.

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Song Recital 4: Keenlyside replaces Quasthoff

22 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:40 h;
posted in: Concert, General

On August 22 at 8:30 pm, the fourth song recital of this year’s Salzburg Festival takes place. Due to illness, Thomas Quasthoff has been forced to cancel his performance in Salzburg. We are very happy that Simon Keenlyside has agreed to perform the same repertoire in his stead: Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, settings of poems by Wilhelm Müller – with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the piano. 

Daniel Barenboim receives 2011 Tolerance Award

20 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:43 h;
posted in: Concert, General

On August 19, Daniel Barenboim conducted a concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Großes Festspielhaus. After the concert, the exceptional artist was ceremoniously presented with the annual Tolerance Award of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. The prize went to Daniel Barenboim for his artistic initiatives, in which true tolerance comes to life and is promoted.

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Salzburg Festival Children’s Chorus – On Stage with the Stars

17 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:05 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Singing in the Children’s Chorus means to experience the grand world of opera and concert on stage: to be part of a production together with singers, chorus and orchestra, and to get to know not only the music, but also work in the theater.

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And the Winner is … Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2011

11 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:19 h;
posted in: Concert, General

The announcement of this year’s winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award has been eagerly awaited. The winner’s name is Ainārs Rubiķis. The rising young conductor will be heard already on August 13 at the Felsenreitschule. There, he will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at 8:00 pm at the Final Concert of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. A night to look forward to!

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Inextricably Linked: Salzburg Festival and Vienna Philharmonic

9 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:17 h;
posted in: Concert, General

On August 9, Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller presented the members of the world-famous ensemble with high decorations of the State of Salzburg: “The Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival are inextricably linked, and shall remain so. The world-famous orchestra is the artistic center, even the quality guarantee for the Salzburg Festival.”

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Liebe Freunde … Ich darf mich kurz vorstellen

1 AUG2011

by Erich Schagerl  15:00 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Erich Schagerl, 1. Violinist der Wiener Philharmoniker, verbringt bereits seine 32. Saison bei den Salzburger Festspielen und stellt sich in seinem ersten Blog vor.

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José Antonio Abreu Receives Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class

1 AUG2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:31 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Yesterday, Minister of Culture Claudia Schmied presented this high-ranking decoration to the composer, musician, economist and founder and director of the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, from which the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, among others, emerged.

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First Master Class of the Young Singers Project – and a New E-Magazine

30 JUL2011

by Silvia Lauppe  13:01 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Today at 3:00 pm, Festival visitors could see a different side of the international star baritone Matthias Goerne: working with young talents at the University’s Main Auditorium. He led the first master class of this year’s Young Singers Project. Its sponsor, Credit Suisse, has begun a new project this year to support young journalists as well. During the past week, they have put together an e-magazine featuring the YSP participants and their experiences at the Salzburg Festival: www.ysp-zine.com.

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Pierre Boulez Receives State Medal

30 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:11 h;
posted in: Concert, General

"Maestro Pierre Boulez is one of the outstanding representatives of contemporary music, and also a long-time faithful friend of the Salzburg Festival," Landeshauptfrau Mag. Gabi Burgstaller emphasized today, Saturday, July 30, at the ceremony awarding Pierre Boulez the State Medal of Salzburg at the SalzburgKulisse. This faithful friendship has manifested itself in the 30 appearances Boulez has made at the Salzburg Festival, Burgstaller continued.

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10 Years of the Siemens Festival>Nights

29 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:15 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

One decade, 400,000 visitors, more than 20 premieres: the Siemens Festival>Nights, presented by Siemens Austria, the Salzburg Festival and ORF Salzburg, take place this year for the tenth time already – and have become a classic themselves during recent years. On a daylight-suitable large LED video wall on Kapitelplatz, Festival highlights from 30 years are screened.

Today, a press lunch took place to honor the anniversary of the Siemens Festival>Nights: Ing. Wolfgang Hesoun, General Manager of Siemens AG Austria, Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, Prof. Siegbert Stronegger, Director of the State of Salzburg ORF, Angela Denoke, soprano and interpreter of Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case, as well as Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, President of the Vienna Philharmonic, summarized a successful decade and gave insights into future developments.

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Riccardo Muti Celebrates with the Vienna Philharmonic

28 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:03 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

In honor of Riccardo Muti’s 70th birthday, a ceremony was held today for the maestro, at which he received an honorary membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.

The conductor and the Salzburg Festival have had an intensive and very happy relationship for over forty years. This summer, he will conduct the opera Macbeth and also two concerts each with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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YCA Winner David Afkham Presents CD

27 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:30 h;
posted in: Concert, General

Apart from the opening of the Festival, David Afkham had another important appearance today. The young conductor presented the CD “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2010”, which he recorded with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, to the press at the Café UNI:VERSUM.

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“To awaken the ear, the eyes, and human thought” – the Salzburg Festival is opened

27 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:35 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

This morning, the 2011 Salzburg Festival was officially opened. Federal President Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller and Claudia Schmied, Minister for Art and Culture, attended the festive ceremony. Apart from the keynote address by Joachim Gauck and further speeches, works by Leoš Janáček, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler framed the Opening Ceremony.

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Successful Festival Opening Party

25 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:06 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

Despite bad weather, the Festival’s fans were not discouraged from coming to the historic center of Salzburg: the Festival Opening Party attracted about 25,000 people – despite low temperatures and rain.

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Play it again, for sheer enjoyment

24 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:30 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Unitel, the long-standing cooperation partner of the Salzburg Festival, has recorded numerous unforgettable opera productions and concerts over the past years. This summer, the website Unitel Classica offers a special delight for all Festival fans with its Festival Focus: highlights of recent years at the Salzburg Festival will be broadcast for you.

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Free Rides to the Festival!

23 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:00 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

The Festival is about to begin, your tickets are waiting on your dresser and the eveningwear is in your closet, freshly ironed. The only open question is the best way of getting to the performance venue? If you would like to avoid traffic jams and the search for a parking place, you now have an alternative, for this Festival summer, your Festival tickets double as a free ticket for local transportation in Salzburg.

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Elisabeth Kulman forced to cancellation due to injury

22 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:32 h;
posted in: Concert

During the first scenic rehearsal for Tristan und Isolde at the RuhrTriennale in Bochum, Elisabeth Kulman suffered an accident on July 19, 2011. Elisabeth Kulman is gravely injured by the accident and deeply regrets her cancellation for this year’s Salzburg Festival. Instead of Elisabeth Kulman, Anna Larsson will perform in the Opening Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.

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“A wonderful work!!!!”

18 JUL2011

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

On July 28 and 31, the Vienna Philharmonic will play the first Philharmonic Concert of this year’s Salzburg Festival under the baton of Pierre Boulez. The conductor, who has enjoyed a close working relationship for almost 40 years with the orchestra, has selected a moving program centering on Gustav Mahler, whose anniversary is this year and who is at the center of the concert programming of the 2011 Festival season, with his own series, the Mahler Scenes, dedicated to him.

In conversation with Wolfgang Schaufler, Pierre Boulez recounts his earliest experiences with Mahler and his very personal approach to the work of this composer, who was so seminal for 20th century music.

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Nono’s Prometeo Benefits Kollegienkirche

16 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:22 h;
posted in: Concert, General

For months, the performances of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo on July 30 and 31 have been completely sold out. On July 29, you have the opportunity to hear the much-anticipated production and to support the Kollegienkirche at the same time: the dress rehearsal will be opened as a benefit.

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Continuity of the Infinite Powers

4 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:49 h;
posted in: Concert, General

“The piece deals with the theme of being driven, of desire, of raw, uninhibited emotion, in contrast to intellectual distance or control”, Sasha Waltz tells about her choreography. In Continu, Sasha Waltz pulls together essential elements from her works of the past ten years. The musical core: The epoch-making symphonic orchestral work Arcana by Edgard Varèse.

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Opera Nights under a Starlit Sky

2 JUL2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:44 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Siemens Festival>Night

Starting on July 24, the Siemens Festival>Nights will warm the hearts of thousands of music lovers. The program of selected opera and concert films has just been published.

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„Young People“

23 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:50 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

From 2008 on, working for and with the younger generation is one of the focal points of the Salzburg Festival program. 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. Starting right now, you also can book youth subscriptions. On the whole, 3,000 tickets for operas, plays and concerts with a price reduction up to 90% will be reserved for patrons younger than 27 (i.e., born after June 30, 1984). You can find all our activities on our „Young People“-poster which can be downloaded here.

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A Party for Everybody on July 23 and 24, 2011

17 JUN2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:42 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

Before the first premiere opens the 2011 season, we present our Festival Opening Party. Despite stressful rehearsals, our artists will take time for you – the citizens of Salzburg and guests of our city. At the Austrian first performance of John Cage’s legendary sound project Musicircus, you can make an active contribution to the success of the party. We look forward to your registration!

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Riccardo Muti Awarded Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011

17 MAR2011

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

The Swedish Birgit Nilsson Foundation has announced that conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the world’s highest cash prize in the music field: the Birgit Nilsson Prize 2011. In a first reaction, the conductor professed himself “deeply touched. For 40 years, Riccardo Muti has enjoyed a close cooperation with the Salzburg Festival. This year, he is one of the busiest artists of the Festival.

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Award for Sasha Waltz

9 MAR2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:56 h;
posted in: Concert, General

"The Salzburg Festival congratulates Sasha Waltz for being awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Federal Cross of Merit)," Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser commented on the honor bestowed upon the choreographer. 
Sasha Waltz will present Continu, a choreography to music by Edgard Varèse, Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis, on August 7, as part of the program The Fifth Continent at the Felsenreitschule. 

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