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Program for Whitsun Festival 2013 Announced

25 MAY 2012

published in: Whitsun

Cecilia Bartoli, Photo: Simon Fowler/Decca
At a press conference, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira presented the new program for the 2013 Whitsun Festival. The overarching theme for the coming year is the topic of “sacrifice”. Cecilia Bartoli, the Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival, is especially interested in the ambiguity which becomes apparent when one translates the German term Opfer: “Thus, in English, it means both ‘sacrifice’ and ‘victim’. But in fact and truth, isn’t the difference in most cases a matter of perspective? After all, there can be no sacrifice without someone or something being sacrificed, without an offering – the question is only on which side one finds oneself.” (Cecilia Bartoli)

These terms include the various aspects of being sacrificed, becoming a victim and surrendering, and these are reflected by the very different events that make up the Whitsun Festival. Under the subtitle “Love SACRIFICE”, Vincenzo Bellini’s opera Norma awaits you, performed for the first time scenically in Salzburg on historical instruments and in a new critical edition by Riccardo Minasi and Maurizio Biondi – Giovanni Antonini is the musical director. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier will be the stage directors, and Cecilia Bartoli herself will perform the role of Norma. In her selection of pieces, Cecilia Bartoli wished to emphasize every person’s fundamental conflict between duty and the heart’s desire. The main protagonist is caught in just this conflict, and ultimately decides to sacrifice herself on the pyre.

In six further programs, entitled “Musical SACRIFICE, Spring SACRIFICE, Biblical SACRIFICE, Political SACRIFICE, Religious SACRIFICE” and “Reconciliation SACRIFICE”, you may hear András Schiff, Valery Gergiev with the ballet, chorus and orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater from St. Petersburg, Diego Fasolis, Franco Fagioli, Javier Camarena, Roberta Invernizzi, I Barocchisti, Vadim Repin, Ildar Abdrazakov, the Hagen Quartet and Alfred Brendel, René Pape, the Wiener Singverein, Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, among others.

For the first time, the Salzburg Whitsun Festival will see the scenic production of a second work: exactly 100 years after its scandalous world premiere, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps will be performed in the reconstructed original version of Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography and in the archaic sets and costumes by Nicholas Roerich dominated by Fauvist color combinations. This will be framed by further masterworks from the heritage of the Ballets Russes, performed by artists of the Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg.

In addition, DAS KINO will show the film Offret (The Sacrifice) by Andrei Tarkovsky – the imagery of the 2013 Whitsun Program Brochure is based on Offret stills. Furthermore, the Rauchmühle will host a program entitled “Visual SACRIFICE”, a multi-media exhibit authored by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

We look forward to a fascinating Whitsun Festival in 2013!

Please download the detailed program here: PROGRAMME WHITSUN 2013