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Successful Festival Opening Party

25 JUL 2011

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

Angela Denoke, Johan Reuter, Marlies Petersen, Photo: Doris Wild
Despite bad weather, the Festival’s fans were not discouraged from coming to the historic center of Salzburg: the Festival Opening Party attracted about 25,000 people – despite low temperatures and rain.

The much-anticipated Musicircus encouraged many to join in: with instruments ranging from piano to recorder, hundreds of musicians played simultaneously, turning Salzburg’s alleys into a mile of sound. Brass bands and church bells, marksmen and drum corps, dancers and an airplane … everything was filled with sound – and the Musicircus organizer Hubert Lepka was delighted that John Cage’s piece found such an enthusiastic reception with the Festival visitors.

For the Festival staff, the event was a great logistic challenge, since the interview on the occasion of the premiere of the film Jedermann remixed was moved to the SalzburgKulisse and broadcast, using the most modern technology, to the video wall of the Siemens Festival>Nights. Thomas Limpinsel’s Jedermann, leicht gekürzt was performed at the republic.

At this year’s Party, however, the focus was not on making a spectacle, but more on delicate and profound conversation – for example that between Markus Hinterhäuser and André Richard, the sound director for Prometeo, who discussed the concept of Nono’s work at the Kollegienkirche before more than 300 guests, using sound samples. Peter Stein enabled audiences to get an insight into the rehearsals for Macbeth at the Felsenreitschule.

The run on the events was enormous: after only a week, the thousand free tickets for the events had been distributed. Many tried their luck on site, were able to get the occasional free spot, or attended events such as the autograph hour, where stars like Angela Denoke and Bo Skovhus took their time for their fans, despite intensive rehearsal work.

Amidst the festive atmosphere, President Helga Rabl-Stadler reminded the audience members that they had been very fortunate (at the ticket lottery) to attend the dress rehearsal of Le nozze di Figaro – unlike the people in Somalia. Thereupon, a spontaneous collection took place for those going hungry.

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, the Salzburg Festival will begin with its Opening Ceremony.