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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

published in: Opera, Concert, General

( 22 Feb 2016 ) The Salzburg Festival has always been a major initiator of new works. During the upcoming Festival summer, you may look forward to four world premieres: works by Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Friedrich Cerha and Mark Simpson will be performed for the very first time.

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Laura Marzadori • Concertmaster at the Age of 25

published in: Concert, General

( 29 Feb 2016 ) The Filarmonica della Scala performs on August 22, 2016 under Riccardo Chailly at the Großes Festspielhaus. At the age of only 25, the Italian Laura Marzadori was named the orchestra’s concertmaster in 2014. We spoke to her about the sound of the orchestra, Salzburg and extraordinary performance venues, and Riccardo Chailly, the new principal conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala, with her.

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Mourning the Death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt

published in: General

( 6 Mar 2016 ) “Nikolaus Harnoncourt, that passionate torch-bearer, will be missed – we miss him already. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family, especially his wife Alice, in this dark hour. She was the person of his life, his irreplaceable private and professional partner. The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which he was to conduct on July 25 at the Festival will be dedicated to his memory. The black banner flies over our house, where he gave us so many unforgettable hours.” With these words Helga Rabl-Stadler and Sven-Eric Bechtolf, the Salzburg Festival Directorate, mourn the death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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Salzburg Festival Tours the World

published in: General

( 15 Mar 2016 ) After Europe, the USA and China, the Salzburg Festival now presented its programme in Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest state and the largest nation in South America with 200 million inhabitants. Advertising the programme of the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, visiting three South American groups of Friends of the Salzburg Festival, and meeting the generous patron of the Young Singers Project, Reinold Geiger. – Those were the three main focuses of Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler’s visit to Brazil.



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Direct and Online Ticket Sales Start Monday, March 21

published in: General

( 18 Mar 2016 ) Starting on Monday, March 21, all those interested in buying remaining tickets for the upcoming summer festival can do so directly. Anyone intent on seeing a particular performance should hurry. Open ticket sales are handled by the Salzburg Festival Shop at Hofstallgasse 1 in Salzburg and via the website. Browsing the interactive performance schedule, you can easily purchase the seat of your choice.

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Franz Welser-Möst in Conversation about „Die Liebe der Danae“ by Richard Strauss

published in: Opera

( 29 Mar 2016 ) This Festival summer, Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the Strauss opera Die Liebe der Danae, a work closely linked to Salzburg Festival history: in 1944, the Festival was cancelled after the dress rehearsal for the opera had taken place; the work only saw its world premiere in 1952. Since then, the opera appeared on the Festival programme one more time – in 2002. Now it will be shown in a new production. In an exclusive interview, Franz Welser-Möst discusses the serenity in the music of Die Liebe der Danae, the role Strauss plays in his repertoire and his work with singers. Together with his Cleveland Orchestra, he also gives two concerts this Festival summer, conducting not only Richard Strauss, but also works by Thomas Adès and Béla Bartók. We spoke to him about the sound of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, about Salzburg, Krassimira Stoyanova, Anja Harteros and violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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Guest Orchestras • RSO • Harpist Anna Verkholantseva

published in: Opera

( 11 Apr 2016 ) The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna will perform the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel on July 28, 2016. The series “Guest Orchestras” presents the RSO musicians in two concerts: on August 7, 2016 they perform under Lorenzo Viotti, winner of the 2015 “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. And on August 11, 2016 their chief conductor Cornelius Meister takes the podium in works by Ravel, Cerha and Bartók.

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What is the weight of time passed?

published in: General

( 15 Apr 2016 ) Keynote Address of Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival, on the occasion of the two hundred-year anniversary of Salzburg’s joining Austria.

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“Romeo and Juliet” like a red thread at the Whitsun Festival

published in: Opera, Whitsun

( 25 Apr 2016 ) Like a red thread, the ancient tale of Romeo and Juliet runs through the programme of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The festival opens with West Side Story, the evergreen adaptation of the story of “Romeo and Juliet” based on an idea of Jerome Robbins, a script by Arthur Laurents, the music of Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. For the first time, world star Cecilia Bartoli sings the role of Maria opposite Norman Reinhardt as her Tony; Philip Wm. McKinley directs. 

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Zingarelli’s opera “Giulietta e Romeo”

published in: Whitsun

( 9 May 2016 ) In the second text in his Kreisleriana, E.T.A. Hoffmann goes into raptures over the “indescribable power of the most irresistible appeal for any receptive mind.” This is his characterisation of the aria “Ombra adorata aspetta” in Zingarelli’s opera Giulietta e Romeo, extremely famous at the time, with which Romeo invokes the ghost of his supposedly deceased lover after taking poison. Not only this literary appraisal, but also the fact that Zingarelli’s opera was staged in ever-changing versions indebted to prevalent operatic tastes from its première in 1796 until the late 1820s, bears witness to the work’s enormous popularity.

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