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Premieres: Excitement among the Young Singers

29 JUL 2014

by Wolfgang Resch  10:44 h;
published in: General, Opera

On Sunday, the moment had finally come! After the Ouverture spirituelle, the 2014 Salzburg Festival was officially opened at the Felsenreitschule. The tension keeps rising, and the Festspielhaus feels like a huge cauldron about to bubble over. Everyone is looking forward to the first premieres. My YSP colleagues and I have also been swept up by the excitement.
Finally, I was able to walk onstage as Dandini in La Cenerentola for Children. The chance to enchant so many children in the audience with our “Cinderella” is really wonderful. After La Cenerentola for Children, my colleague Annika Schlicht and I had our next premiere yesterday, on July 28. Charlotte Salomon by Marc-André Dalbavie had its world premiere at the Felsenreitschule. The difference between my two roles could not be more extreme. In the one piece, I play the comical servant Dandini, who helps his prince find the right wife, and in the other, the SS man I play embodies the cruelties and horrors of the Nazi regime.
There is certainly no danger of boredom in Salzburg. No sooner are the first premieres behind us than the Young Singers Project is involved in a second children’s opera. Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children by W. A. Mozart, which already made many children’s hearts beat faster last summer, will be revived on August 7, 2014.
Another highlight for this week will be the master classes with Christa Ludwig and Thomas Hampson. We are looking forward immensely to our chance to work with these stars and learn from them.
As a counterbalance for the intensive Festival programme, I love to spend my free time at the beautiful lakes of the Salzkammergut. I have grown particularly fond of the Attersee, 50 kilometres outside Salzburg, one of the most beautiful spots in Austria! It’s a great place to really relax and gather new energy.

To all our colleagues, a huge “Break a leg!” for all the upcoming premieres!

Wolfgang Resch