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“The role is a good fit” – Golda Schultz as Sophie in Der “Rosenkavalier”

16 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:18 h;
published in: Opera

“That’s the Way to Run a Festival!” was the headline of a major Austrian newspaper last year, on the occasion of the premiere of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Harry Kupfer. Thus, there are many reasons to experience Der Rosenkavalier this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. One new element of the production, however, is the South African soprano Golda Schultz, and she alone is worth attending the revival.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

10 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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The Paramour’s Dresses at the Residenzgalerie

15 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:20 h;
published in: General

The Paramour embodies vibrant life; she is seduction personified, the vivacious counterpart to the doomed man on the stage. Year after year, no Festival costume has been the subject of more public attention than the Paramourʼs dress. An exhibition of the Residenzgalerie shows the Paramour’s wonderful dresses.

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The High Art of Singing at Whitsun

17 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:12 h;
published in: Whitsun

Although the relationship between fathers and sons may be rather problematic in the realm of the gods of antiquity, the Whitsun Festival matinee recital by Christoph and Julian Prégardien promises a special form of family harmony.

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TO ERR IS HUMAN…

27 APR 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:36 h;
published in: Drama

Michael Billington of The Guardian, eminence grise of British theatre critics, is a man who has seen The Comedy of Errors many times. In his view “it almost always provides a great night out.” In England this early Shakespeare comedy with the rather matter of fact title has a reputation as one of his most popular and consistently successful works.  The play premieres at the Salzburg Festival on August 1st, directed by Henry Mason. 

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Young Singers Project 2015

5 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published 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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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • An Opera of Enlightenment

13 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:45 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Whitsun

Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragedy in four acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be staged at Whitsun and at the Salzburg Festival in summer. Who is this Iphigénie whose fate inspired not only Christoph Willibald Gluck but also artists like Goethe, Racine, Handel, Tommaso Traetta and Niccolò Jommelli?

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Heroes and Motifs of Greek Mythology with Philippe Jaroussky

15 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
published 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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Whitsun Festival under Cecilia Bartoli: A Singer’s Mount Olympus and Audience Magnet

26 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:12 h;
published in: Whitsun

With the world star Cecilia Bartoli as Artistic Director, the Whitsun Festival has reached a new dimension. The fact that so many visitors flock to Salzburg at Whitsun to experience Cecilia Bartoli’s energy and her wisely assembled programmes, is a particular joy to me, being economically responsible for this undertaking. Our great thanks go to Rolex, the sponsor of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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Whitsun 2016 • Preface by Stephen Greenblatt to “Romeo and Juliet”

26 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:20 h;
published in: Whitsun

“In this business,” the great French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about his sex life,
“I did not let myself go entirely; I took pleasure in it, but I did not forget myself; I preserved entire the little sense and discretion that nature has given me, for their service and mine; a little excitement but no folly.”
“A little excitement but no folly”: Shakespeare’s contemporary Montaigne was echoing the centuries’ old advice of philosophers and moralists. The most rigorous of these preached the complete suppression of desire, but most simply counseled restraint: in matters of love, be temperate; keep yourself under control; avoid recklessness. As the well-meaning friar in Romeo and Juliet advises the rash, love-sick young Romeo near the beginning of the play: “Love moderately.”

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