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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Lorin Maazel’s Passing

14 JUL 2014

published in: General

Lorin Maazel (Photo: Salzburger Festspiele / Archive)
The American conductor and composer Lorin Maazel, born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, passed away yesterday (Sunday) at the age of 84. For five decades, he was closely connected to the Salzburg Festival.

119 performances, 83 operas among them, reflect the entire breadth – or rather, depth – of his repertoire. Together with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra he created musical events of unforgettable quality. His interpretations of the operas Elektra, Don Carlo, Der Rosenkavalier, Tristan und Isolde as well as many others at the Salzburg Festival stand out as particularly memorable.

“Lorin Maazel was one of the charismatic conductor personalities who helped forge the Salzburg Festival’s outstanding reputation throughout the world. Between 1963 and 2013 he gave us many unforgettable opera and concert evenings.
This began on July 29, 1963 with Le nozze di Figaro, the premiere which re-opened the Kleines Festspielhaus. He himself called this a turning point in his life. Sadly, it ended on August 30, 2013 with a wonderful concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, honoring the anniversary of Richard Wagner. The Festival remembers him with enormous gratitude,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler and Artistic Director Alexander Pereira commented on Lorin Maazel’s passing.

“In Lorin Maazel, the music world has lost not only one of the most important conductors of our times, but also a great personality who shaped the Salzburg Festival and gave Salzburg’s audiences numerous unforgettable moments,” said Landeshauptmann Wilfried Haslauer, currently the Chairman of the Salzburg Festival’s Supervisory Board.


Translation: Alexa Nieschlag