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10 Years of the Siemens Festival>Nights

29 JUL 2011

published in: Opera, Concert, General

Siegbert Stronegger, Clemens Hellsberg, Angela Denoke, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Wolfgang Hesoun, Foto: Siemens AG/Eva Repolusk
“Being co-founders of the Siemens Festival>Nights, which have developed into a tradition of their own, was very important to us. The goal was to use technology as a transfer medium, and so Siemens has supported this open air cinema for everyman for the past ten years, not only financially, but also with the latest technical equipment. The record numbers of visitors – 40,000 per year – speak for the quality of the events and make them an inherent part of the Salzburg Festival summer,” Ing. Wolfgang Hesoun, General Manager of Siemens AG Austria, says. Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler is convinced: “When I first approached Siemens eleven years ago, I really wanted to open the Festival up. Time and again, this gives the citizens of Salzburg and their guests access to overbooked premiere performances, free of charge.”

Two of the three Festival premieres of this year’s program will be broadcast live on Kapitelplatz: Die Frau ohne Schatten on July 29 and The Makropulos Affair on August 10, 2011. Each broadcast begins at 8:00 pm. A selection of highlights of historic productions, for example the legendary La Traviata with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón of 2005 or the 2010 Jedermann, round out the program of the Siemens Festival>Nights. The culinary stands open at 4:30 pm and before each broadcast, the program “Classical Music in the Historic City” offers audio transmissions of Festival concerts starting at 6:00 pm.

Under the title Siemens Children’s>Festival, even the smallest visitors can enjoy a playful approach to arts and culture. The daylight transmission technology allows us to broadcast the Siemens Children’s>Festival to the large-scale video screen of the Siemens Festival>Nights. The incomparable atmosphere of the Kapitelplatz with its view of the Castle Hohensalzburg thus offers a special experience for young visitors. In addition to opera movies for children, the anniversary year features live performances too: on August 5, the young talents of the Salzburg Festival Music Camps take the stage at the Siemens Children’s>Festival. Children aged 9-12 present the final performance they have prepared during their Verdi Camp on the opera Macbeth. A live performance of the Salzburg Festival Children’s Chorus on August 15, 2011 closes the varied program of the Siemens Children’s>Festival. Since the start of the Siemens Children’s>Festival in 2008, about 2,000 children have taken part in the programs that are tailored to the needs of small visitors. Between July 28 and August 15, 2011, selected opera movies for children aged 5 and up will be screened free of charge, starting at 4:30 pm.

The detailed program as well as further information is available online at www.siemens.at/festspielnaechte bzw. www.siemens.at/kinderfestival.