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A Treasure Trove of Background and Backstage Information: The Salzburg Festival Almanac

15 JUL 2014

published in: General

The 2014 Salzburg Festival Almanac is dedicated first and foremost to the connections between the individual productions, their common ground and differences. For example, Oswald Panagl reflects on the female figures in the operas Don Giovanni, Il trovatore and Der Rosenkavalier, and Dorothee Frank examines the two female figures Charlotte Salomon in the opera Charlotte Salomon and Clara Immerwahr in the play The Forbidden Zone – two women ahead of their time.

Naturally, the Almanac offers intriguing interviews, as always – some of this year’s stars sharing their views are Mojca Erdmann, Lenneke Ruiten, Anett Fritsch, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Waltraud Meier as well as Michael Schade and conductor Ingo Metzmacher.
The drama chapter is dedicated mainly to the focus of this year’s Salzburg Festival, World War I, reflecting the changing role models in the productions of Karl Krauss’ Die letzten Tage der Menschheit, Ernst Toller’s Hinkemann, Ödön von Horvath’s Don Juan kommt aus dem Krieg and Golem.
The concert programme has also been inspired by the subject of war, but dedicates an additional focus to Islam in this year’s edition of the Ouverture spirituelle. Anton Bruckner’s symphonies will be played as a cycle, and another special highlight is Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s interpretation of Mozart’s final symphonies.
Beautifully illustrated with photographs and drawings, the Almanac offers its reader a treasure trove of backstage information and background knowledge about the Salzburg Festival’s productions, without losing sight of its traditional service character as a comprehensive Festival programme.

Once again, the Viennese cultural journalist and author Monika Mertl, who was the project editor from 2001 to 2009 and worked on a great variety of Festival publications during the tenures of Artistic Directors Gerard Mortier, Peter Ruzicka and Jürgen Flimm, has taken on editorial responsibility for the Almanac.

The Almanac includes 264 pages and contains not only detailed production information, but also numerous illustrations. All essays appear in German and in English. The Almanac, published by the Salzburg Festival itself, can be purchased from July 15, 2014 onwards at the Festival Shop, online at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/shop, at selected bookshops and at any performance of the Salzburg Festival. With a voucher, it is priced at 7 Euros; without a voucher at 15 Euros.