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Artistic Program of the Festival Ball

27 AUG 2013

published in: Festival Ball

Festival Ball 2012: Gala dinner in the Residenz (Photo: Wolfang Lienbacher)
However, it would hardly be the Salzburg Festival’s Ball if this finale of the varied season would not shine with many artistic programme highlights of its own.

The gala concert at the opening ceremony will be given by audience favourite Vesselina Kasarova with the “tipsy aria” from Offenbach’s operetta La Périchole, “Ah! Quel dîner“; and the Belmonte from this year’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Javier Camarena, will sing the atmospheric favourite Granada. Joining in a duet, they pay homage to this year’s anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, offering the duet “Questo mano omai ritorni” from the opera Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio. Their programme will be accompanied by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under the baton of Theodor Guschlbauer, and following the order “All dance!” the orchestra will also play a few waltzes and polkas, getting everyone off on the right foot into a brilliant ball night.

Further musical contributions will come from the young discoveries of the Young Singers Project, who proved their extraordinary talent at their final concert at the Residenz Courtyard this past Saturday. They will perform both as part of the gala dinner at the Residenz and at 11:00 pm at the Chillout Lounge at the SalzburgKulisse.

The midnight show will carry a more exotic flavour, when one of the world’s leading tango ensembles makes an appearance in Salzburg: the Silencio Cuarteto Tipico. Together with the Argentinean dance duo Debra Ferrari and Emiliano Giménez, they will give the audience a glimpse of the unmistakable heyday of tango, the 1940s and 1950s: elegant – technically perfect – and highly expressive.

Those eager to give their dancing shoes some exercise can do so to the strains of the Big Band led by saxophonist and singer Bernd Fröhlich, playing his own arrangements of great hits of past decades.

Gentler sounds will be heard at the Chillout Lounge at the SalzburgKulisse, where the jazz duo Werner Radzik and Gernot Strebel plays and the breathtaking view of Salzburg’s city makes it worthwhile sampling some of the cocktails offered at the bar.

Mozarteumorchester Salzburg in the Felsenreitschule (Foto: Wolfgang Krautzer)