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A Brilliant End to the Festival Summer

4 SEP 2012

published in: Festival Ball

Festive Opening, Photo: Andreas Kolarik
On Saturday evening, the Ball – initiated by Artistic Director Alexander Pereira as a festive finish for the Festival summer – took place for the first time at the Felsenreitschule.

The numerous guests, including prominent politicians and artists, entered the Felsenreitschule to the musical accompaniment of the “Salzburger Postmusik” and the Salzburg Citizen’s Guard. TV moderator Thomas Gottschalk, the just-retired Artistic Director of Mörbisch, Harald Serafin, and his wife; automobile manager Wolfgang Porsche; actress Sunnyi Melles with her husband Prince Peter Sayn-Wittgenstein and mother-in-law Duchess Manni zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Sayn; Marina Giori-Swarovski and her husband Albert Lhota; Renate Thyssen-Henne and her daughter Gabriele Inaara Aga Khan; the director of the Hotel Sacher, Elisabeth Gürtler and her husband Helmuth Lohner; Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller; Festival artists Marc Minkowski (who conducted the last Mozart Matinée in 2012) and his soloists Ildar Abdrazakov and Dimitri Korchak, Elisabeth Schwarz (the Papagena of 2012) and Laura Aikin (the celebrated Marie in Die Soldaten) – they all attended the first Festival Ball.

Soprano Daniela Fally and baritone Markus Werba performed at the musical opening: among others, they sang a duet from Don Giovanni. Their accompaniment was provided by the Mozarteum Orchestra, conducted by Martin Sieghart, which also performed for the opening dance of the 48 debutante couples, choreographed by Niki Seifert. Afterwards, the dance floors were opened to the audience, which enjoyed the ball until 4 o’clock in the morning: the Felsenreitschule, transformed into a wonderful backdrop for a dance with decorations by Andreas Lackner, as well as the disco at the Großes Festspielhaus, the gastronomic offerings at the Karl-Böhm-Saal and the casino tables, beer-hall, beauty boudoir and chill-out lounge at the Haus für Mozart. A samba group’s midnight show and the Bernd Fröhlich Dance Orchestra kept the guests entertained through the night.

The successful event will be repeated in 2013: at this point, we can reveal that the next Festival Ball will take place on August 31, 2013. Join us then for the next command of “All dance!”