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Opera 2016

5 NOV 2015

published in: Opera

The 2016 opera programme includes three new productions, two revivals, one re-staging, one revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and three operas performed in concert. The 2016 Festival opens with a world premiere by the British composer Thomas Adès. The Exterminating Angel is the title of an opera in two acts which will also be shown in London, Copenhagen and in New York in 2018, after its Salzburg premiere.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns the Passing of Luc Bondy

29 NOV 2015

published in: General

We owe much to him, as a human being and an artist.
With SalomeLe nozze di FigaroDas Gleichgewicht and Charlotte Salomon, he created four unforgettable productions in Salzburg, and we were always in touch about new projects which will now, alas, never happen. 
Luc Bondy was a playful and profound human being, an homme de lettres and a man of life. A lover, a player, a wise man.

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Merry Christmas and a good start to the year 2016!

18 DEC 2015

published in: General

We wish all the Salzburg Festival’s friends and guests a peaceful Christmas with your family and a good start to the New Year!

We would also like to point out that you can submit your ticket orders for the summer festival until January 7. All orders received by this deadline will be treated as equal. Why not use the holidays to peruse the programme and let the Ticket Office know your wishes – either online, via email to or by mail to the Salzburg Festival Ticket Office, Herbert von Karajan Platz 11, P.O. Box 140, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. If you can't decide right now: Order some vouchers for the Salzburg Festival in our online shop!

The Salzburg Festival looks forward to sharing a new and fascinating year with you! 

Guest Orchestras • Tobias Haupt • Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

4 JAN 2016

published in: Concert

Between July 22 and August 31, 2016, 81 concerts will be performed over the course of 41 days. Here we interview musicians from all over the world about the sound of their orchestra, about Salzburg, the Festival and life as an orchestra musician. The series begins with the last concert of the 2016 Salzburg Festival: the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig will perform under its Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt at the Großes Festspielhaus on August 31, 2016 as part of the series Guest Orchestras. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 – with pianist András Schiff as soloist – and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92.

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In memoriam Pierre Boulez

6 JAN 2016

published in: General

“For months, we have feared this announcement. Pierre Boulez is dead. The music world has lost on of its very greatest. Without him the history of music since 1945 would be different. And Salzburg is one of the places he made Festival history as a conductor and composer,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. 1960 saw his debut as a conductor and composer at the Festival. 

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada replaces Nikolaus Harnoncourt in conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

13 JAN 2016

published in: Concert

When Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was performed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with his Concentus Musicus Wien last summer, there was no way of knowing that this would bring the Salzburg Festival full circle, completing a cycle begun in 1992 with a performance of the very same work: at the time, it was Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s debut at the Salzburg Festival, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Then as today, the performance was uncompromising, rousing, overwhelming. 

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Salzburg and Sokolov • New Album: Schubert/Beethoven

14 JAN 2016

published in: Concert, General

For more than 20 years, Grigory Sokolov refused to make any CD recordings whatsoever. For his first release (2014) after this long period, the Russian pianist chose a concert he gave at the Salzburg Festival in 2008: his album The Salzburg Recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin was celebrated by critics worldwide and won a coveted ECHO Classic Award. Only one year later, his new album follows: Sokolov: Schubert/Beethoven, released on January 15, 2016 by Deutsche Grammphon as part of the series Salzburg Festival Documents. 

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The new paramour • Miriam Fussenegger

29 JAN 2016

published in: Drama

Miriam Fussenegger was born in Linz in 1990 and graduated from the acting school Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Apart from her theatrical performances, she also appeared in Der Tote am Teich, part of the Landkrimi TV series, and most recently in the three-part history drama Maximilian. Miriam Fussenegger made her Salzburg Festival debut in the summer of 2015 as Lucy in Julian Crouch's and Sven-Eric Bechtolf's production Mackie Messer. Eine Salzburger Dreigroschenoper. Miriam Fussenegger in conversation about her new role.

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West Side Story Brings Broadway Musical Stars to Salzburg

8 FEB 2016

published in: Opera, Whitsun

The 2016 Whitsun Festival will open for the first time in its history with the performance of a musical. In keeping with the festival’s motto – Romeo and Juliet – the programme features the West Side Story. In addition to Cecilia Bartoli and Norman Reinhardt, numerous great names of the musical business can be found on the cast list. They include Karen Olivo as Anita and George Akram as Bernardo.

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Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler in Conversation with Sir András Schiff

19 FEB 2016

published in: Concert

Sir András Schiff will perform three concerts during the 2016 Festival summer. On August 1, 2016 he plays works by Franz Schubert, Mieczysław Weinberg and Johannes Brahms with the Jerusalem Quartet. On August 3, he dedicates himself to works by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy, together with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. And during the finale of the Salzburg Festival on August 31, 2016 he shares the stage at the Großes Festspielhaus with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt. Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler met András Schiff for the following conversation.

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