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Joy of grief • Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2017

published in: Whitsun

( 17 May 2016 ) “I look forward to the sixth program by and with Cecilia Bartoli and the fact that the collaboration continues under the new artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser. The diversity of the past six programs shows Cecilia Bartoli’s wide variety of interests as an artistic leader,” says President Helga Rabl-Stadler. “It is a great stroke of good fortune for Salzburg and the Whitsun Festival and a wonderful perspective for my directorship to be able to continue working with this great artist,” says Markus Hinterhäuser, the designated director of the Salzburg Festival from 2017.

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Ossian and the Birth of Romanticism

published in: Whitsun

( 17 May 2016 ) In 1760, encouraged by the Edinburgh literati, the Gaelic- speaking Highlander, James Macpherson (1736–96), published his Fragments of Ancient Poetry, collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and translated from the Galic or Erse language. Like others before him (for instance, the literate Sami, Olaus Sirma), he delivered on demand selective and reworked samples of what he thought a polished audience would be able to take of the literary culture of an unknown and savage people.

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Huge success for the 2016 Whitsun Festival

published in: , Whitsun

( 16 May 2016 ) This was the fifth Whitsun Festival under the artistic directorship of Cecilia Bartoli. In keeping with the motto Romeo and Juliet, the programme offered a broad range of selections in various artistic genres: twelve events – concerts, opera, ballet, a reading, three film screenings and a gala dinner – took place between May 13 and 16, 2016.

Standing ovations and thundering applause from the audience marked the beginning of this year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival on Friday evening. Stage designer George Tsypin transformed the Felsenreitschule into New York’s West Side for West Side Story.

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High-Carat Gala Concert Concludes the 2016 Whitsun Festival

published in: Whitsun

( 11 May 2016 ) The crowning glory of the 2016 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, a gala concert at the Großes Festspielhaus, takes place on May 16 at 4 pm. Conducted by Marco Armiliato, Angela Gheorghiu, Juan Diego Flórez and Benjamin Bernheim enchant their audience with works based on Romeo and Juliet, joined by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

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Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” is a “Must” for the Whitsun Festival

published in: Whitsun

( 10 May 2016 ) On May 15 the programme features John Cranko’s ballet version Romeo and Juliet, based on William Shakespeare’s play, set to music by Sergey Prokofiev. Jürgen Rose designed the stage sets and costumes. His extremely harmonious creations are among the factors adding to the special enchantment of Romeo and Juliet. Musically, the soloists and ensemble of the Stuttgart Ballet are accompanied by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under the baton of James Tuggle. Experience a sun-lit, Mediterranean Verona onstage at the Großes Festspielhaus!

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Zingarelli’s opera “Giulietta e Romeo”

published in: Whitsun

( 9 May 2016 ) In the second text in his Kreisleriana, E.T.A. Hoffmann goes into raptures over the “indescribable power of the most irresistible appeal for any receptive mind.” This is his characterisation of the aria “Ombra adorata aspetta” in Zingarelli’s opera Giulietta e Romeo, extremely famous at the time, with which Romeo invokes the ghost of his supposedly deceased lover after taking poison. Not only this literary appraisal, but also the fact that Zingarelli’s opera was staged in ever-changing versions indebted to prevalent operatic tastes from its première in 1796 until the late 1820s, bears witness to the work’s enormous popularity.

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“Romeo and Juliet” like a red thread at the Whitsun Festival

published in: Opera, Whitsun

( 25 Apr 2016 ) Like a red thread, the ancient tale of Romeo and Juliet runs through the programme of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The festival opens with West Side Story, the evergreen adaptation of the story of “Romeo and Juliet” based on an idea of Jerome Robbins, a script by Arthur Laurents, the music of Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. For the first time, world star Cecilia Bartoli sings the role of Maria opposite Norman Reinhardt as her Tony; Philip Wm. McKinley directs. 

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What is the weight of time passed?

published in: General

( 15 Apr 2016 ) Keynote Address of Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival, on the occasion of the two hundred-year anniversary of Salzburg’s joining Austria.

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Guest Orchestras • RSO • Harpist Anna Verkholantseva

published in: Opera

( 11 Apr 2016 ) The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna will perform the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel on July 28, 2016. The series “Guest Orchestras” presents the RSO musicians in two concerts: on August 7, 2016 they perform under Lorenzo Viotti, winner of the 2015 “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. And on August 11, 2016 their chief conductor Cornelius Meister takes the podium in works by Ravel, Cerha and Bartók.

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Franz Welser-Möst in Conversation about „Die Liebe der Danae“ by Richard Strauss

published in: Opera

( 29 Mar 2016 ) This Festival summer, Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the Strauss opera Die Liebe der Danae, a work closely linked to Salzburg Festival history: in 1944, the Festival was cancelled after the dress rehearsal for the opera had taken place; the work only saw its world premiere in 1952. Since then, the opera appeared on the Festival programme one more time – in 2002. Now it will be shown in a new production. In an exclusive interview, Franz Welser-Möst discusses the serenity in the music of Die Liebe der Danae, the role Strauss plays in his repertoire and his work with singers. Together with his Cleveland Orchestra, he also gives two concerts this Festival summer, conducting not only Richard Strauss, but also works by Thomas Adès and Béla Bartók. We spoke to him about the sound of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, about Salzburg, Krassimira Stoyanova, Anja Harteros and violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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