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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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Guest Orchestras • Blaise Déjardin • Boston Symphony Orchestra

20 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
published in: Concert

Could you describe your orchestra’s sound quality? What makes your orchestra’s sound special?
I think of it as very comfortable plush red velvet chair. It is round, warm, and I love being a part of that sound.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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