The Salzburg Bach Choir was founded in 1983 and during its 37-year existence has developed into one of the leading vocal ensembles not only in Austria but internationally, too. Since 2003 its artistic director has been Alois Glaßner. The choir appears regularly at the Salzburg Festival, where it has been acclaimed at numerous concerts as well as in opera productions. Highlights include Idomeneo, Theodora, Ariodante and the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel. The choir also appears regularly at the Salzburg Mozartwoche Festival, most recently in productions of Lucio Silla, Orfeo ed Euridice, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Thamos. At the Salzburg Easter Festival it has been heard in Tosca, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and, in 2020, in Don Carlo, in each case under Christian Thielemann. Guest appearances have taken the choir to the Vienna Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Handel Festivals in Halle and Göttingen, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic as well as to France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Switzerland. In June 2020 the choir is appearing in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony under Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera.
Thanks to its flexible resources and stylistic versatility, the Salzburg Bach Choir is able to explore a wide range of works extending from the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance to the great oratorios of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods and also 20th-century works. The choir has also been acclaimed for its performances of contemporary music, including world premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas and Mauricio Sotelo.
In addition to its focus on Mozart, the Salzburg Bach Choir also specializes in a cappella works and each year organizes its own series of concerts under the title Chorage®, exploring five centuries of music. Its regular performances of Tallis’s 40-part Spem in alium at Salzburg’s St Peter’s Church have been as critically acclaimed as its interpretations of works by Ligeti and Beat Furrer at the International Mozarteum Foundation’s Dialogues Festival.
The Salzburg Bach Choir has worked with many outstanding conductors and orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The choir also has a long and close relationship with Ivor Bolton, Leopold Hager, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Hans Graf, Gianluca Capuano, Ádám Fischer and Ingo Metzmacher.