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Siemens Festival>Nights: The Free Open-Air-Highlight of the Salzburg Festival

24 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:30 h;
published 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 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:49 h;
published 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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Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • TeraceTalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus Skovhus und Wolfgang Schaufler

24 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
published in: Opera, General

The Felsenreitschule, that cultic place of power, is a wonderful performance venue for his opera Die Eroberung von Mexico, says composer Wolfgang Rihm. He adds that the space can be partitioned in so many ways, leading to a sound sphere, even a physical sensation of sound within the space, explaining that he designed the piece so that the singers could derive their notes from the sound.

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31 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:23 h;
published in: Opera, General

One thing was clear immediately when Rolando Villazón appeared today on the Press Terrace of the Salzburg Festival: this would be an entertaining edition of our Terrace Talk series, for the Mexican artist’s temperament is legendary. His eloquence is not limited to words – facial expressions and expansive gestures emphasise his statements.

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Guest Orchestras • To make a passion audible

4 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:45 h;
published in: Concert

What was the most exotic or special location you have ever performed in?
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) has appeared literally all over the world. For me personally one of the most exotic places for us was also the least exotic place for our Music Director.  We performed in a Cricket Club in Mumbai in the rain. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Mehli Mehta's birth. The irony was that the people who had purchased the most expensive seats were the ones who were getting wet, although many of them had someone holding an umbrella over their heads throughout the concert! The soloist was Placido Domingo, and he got quite wet as well!

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Pierre Boulez • TerraceTalk with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Florian Wiegand und Wolfgang Schaufler

7 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:14 h;
published in: Concert

Wolfgang Schaufler remembers exactly: 23 years ago he sat on the terrace of the Salzburg Festival and moderated the press conference on the Boulez focus. “Now we are 23 years older, but Boulez’ music is still fresh and unbroken,” says Wolfgang Schaufler, the representative of Universal Edition.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015. The Winner is Lorenzo Viotti from Switzerland

10 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:09 h;
published in: Concert

“It was a privilege to observe three young gifted conductors at work this week. All three have a brilliant future in front of them. But it was the feeling of the jury that the winner – Lorenzo Viotti – is at this moment in his development a few steps ahead of the others in being ready to launch what we all feel it is going to be an important career,” said jury chairman Dennis Russell Davies when announcing the 2015 winner.

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Der Rosenkavalier 2015 • TerraceTalk mit Krassimira Stoyanova, Golda Schulz, Günther Groissböck

11 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:22 h;
published in: Opera

So difficult, so sympathetic, so touching – the language of Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier simply goes straight to the heart, says the Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova. After the huge success of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the 2014 Salzburg Festival, this year she will again embody the role of Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg at the revival.

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TerraceTalk with Daniel Barenboim, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Florian Wiegand, Wolfgang Schaufler

12 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:18 h;
published in: Concert

To Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez is not only “the most important and most interesting personality in contemporary music,” but also a friend who has accompanied the maestro’s career. At the Salzburg Festival, he and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will perform not only Wagner, Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, but also two Boulez works in the series Salzburg contemporary: sur Incises and Dérive 2. As the maestro points out at the Terrace Talk on Tuesday night, Boulez completely changed the musical world in many aspects.

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Iphigénie en Tauride • TerraceTalk with Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Rebecca Schmid

13 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:59 h;
published in: Opera

For Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, their work directing Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride did not start on stage. Rather, they sat down at the piano in an intimate atmosphere and discussed note for note and word for word with the singers. “We want to delve into profound emotions and depict extreme tragedy,” says Patrice Caurier. Especially in Gluck’s case, this is essential – one syllable equals one note, that was the point of Gluck’s opera reform, says Moshe Leiser. “People were to attend operas in order to understand the text, not only to hear beautiful music,” he explains.

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