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Ernani • TerraceTalk with Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Walter Dobner

25 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:03 h;
published in: Opera

“Today, the conductor and director are often considered completely different, “ the maestro adds. “However, this used to be different, and the conductor was also responsible for the action on stage – precisely because it cannot be separated.”

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Werther 2015 • TerraceTalk with Helga Rabl-Stadler, Piotr Beczala, Barbara Rett

17 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:25 h;
published in: Opera

Piotr Beczala made a dramatic entrance this year at the Salzburg Festival. His first aria in Jules Massenet’s Werther is so dramatic, says moderator Barbara Rett, that it would be the finale of any other opera. On the whole, this opera oscillates between dramatic outbursts and lyrical passages. “Absolutely,” tenor Piotr Beczala agrees. “I was worried beforehand whether the piece is suitable for a concert performance, because the story takes place mainly between the persons on stage.” He adds that he was overwhelmed by the reception the audience gave him.

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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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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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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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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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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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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival

22 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:08 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

This year, the Salzburg Festival takes place for the 95th time. Last weekend, the traditional performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, part of the Ouverture spirituelle, and the premiere of Jedermann launched the festival season. The opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival takes place at the Felsenreitschule on July 26 at 11 am. The ceremony will be attended by the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, the Austrian Minister of Art and Culture, Constitution and Media Dr. Josef Ostermayer and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered this year by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Safranski.

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Operas in Concert this Festival Summer

22 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:30 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

Apart from numerous concerts, drama productions and many staged operas, this year features concert performances of operas as well. Werther, Dido and Aeneas and Ernani are three performances worth experiencing.

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Angela Gheorghiu and Elisabeth Kulman Replace Elīna Garanča

14 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:36 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

Unfortunately, Elīna Garanča has cancelled her appearances at the Salzburg Festival for this summer, sending the following message:
“Due to personal reasons, I much regret to withdraw from my professional activities until further notice. My mother is suffering from terminal cancer, so I will now stay by her side in Riga. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding in this difficult time.”

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