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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Salzburg Festival

25 JUL 2014

published in: General

Opening Ceremony of Salzburg Festival (Foto: APA Franz Neumayr)
The festive opening of the 2014 Salzburg Festival begins traditionally with the Austrian national anthem. Afterwards Salzburg’s Director of Drama Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Cornelius Obonya, the actor playing Jedermann, will read from Karl Kraus’ work Die letzten Tage der Menschheit. After welcoming remarks from Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler, the symphonic interlude Träumerei am Kamin by Richard Strauss will be performed, followed by remarks by Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer and Dr. Josef Ostermayer.
After these speeches, Five Sacred Songs by Anton Webern will be performed by the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra with Laura Aikin as soloist. Following the festive opening of the 94th Salzburg Festival by Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer and the musical interlude of another six Anton Webern songs setting poems by Georg Trakl, this year’s guest speaker, Prof. Dr. Christopher Clark, will deliver the keynote address.
Prof. Dr. Christopher Clark was born in Sydney (Australia) in 1960. He studied at the University of Sydney, the Free University in Berlin and the University of Cambridge. Here, he completed his doctoral thesis in 1991, receiving a doctoral degree in history. For two decades, Clark has been a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, and today he is its Director of Studies in History. Furthermore, he has been teaching modern European history since 2008 at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the history of Germany and Continental Europe in the 19th century.
The keynote address precedes another musical performance. Closing the ceremony, Sven-Eric Bechtolf will read texts by Stefan Zweig. Furthermore, the State and the European anthems will be intoned. The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Ivor Bolton is responsible for all the ceremony’s musical programme points.
ORF2 and 3sat will broadcast the opening ceremony of the 94th Salzburg Festival live. Furthermore, the official opening ceremony will be broadcast live as part of the Siemens Festival>Nights. It will also be made available as a live stream at tvthek.orf.at.