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Festive Opening Ceremony of the Salzburg Festival on July 27

27 JUL 2012

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Federal President Heinz Fischer, Foto: ORF
On July 27, 2012, the Salzburg Festival held its traditional opening ceremony. After welcoming remarks by Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler, the soprano Anna Prohaska performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate. This was followed by remarks by Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller and the Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture, Claudia Schmied, and the ceremonious opening of the 92nd Salzburg Festival by Federal President Heinz Fischer.

Afterwards, Johannes Maria Staud’s Infin che’l mar fu sovra noi richiuso was heard, a commission by the Salzburg Festival which had its world premiere on July 23, performed by musicians of the Camerata Salzburg and the accentus chorus conducted by Laurence Equilbey.

For the first time, the Salzburg Festival chose its own speaker for the keynote address, inviting Peter von Matt to speak. Peter von Matt was born in 1937 in Lucerne and studied German and English literature and art history. He taught Modern German Literature at the University of Zurich, held a guest professorship at Stanford University and was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Brothers Grimm Prize of the Phillips-University in Marburg, the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize for Literary Criticism and Essays, the German Language Award and many others.

As a finale, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg performed Jeux – Poème dansé by Claude Debussy under the baton of Theodor Guschlbauer, as well as the anthems of the State of Salzburg and Europe, providing a festive end to the Festival’s opening ceremony.

The festive opening ceremony was broadcast live in HD by ORF2 and 3Sat.

Peter von Matt’s keynote address is available here for downloading (only in German).