Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal

About the venue

Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal

In 1856, the 100th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, an association was founded with the aim of setting up a music school, with a library, archives and concert hall, devoted to Mozart. Various buildings in the inner city area of Salzburg were considered and eventually it was decided to buy the villa of the former interior minister, Josef von Lasser, in the Schwarzstrasse. Conversion work took place from 1910 to 1914 according to plans drawn up by Richard Berndl. The overriding style is late historicism characteristic of Munich, and elegant details were combined with elements of the local Baroque tradition, art nouveau and patriotic building art. In 1917 the board of governors of the International Mozarteum Foundation elected Bernhard Paumgartner unanimously as director of what was at that time a conservatory. This later became an academy and then the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and in the meantime it has achieved university status. During the period when Paumgartner was director, this educational institute experienced a great boom: in particular several music-theatre productions took place in connection with the “Mozarteum Opera Series” and it was thanks to his initiative that these performances took place in the Salzburg City Theatre (now the Landestheater).

Financial problems of the International Mozarteum Foundation were offset by nationalising the teaching part of the foundation’s work in 1922 with the result that nowadays two completely separate corporate bodies exist. The Mozarteum University has in the meantime moved most of its departments into its own building on the Mirabellplatz.

The International Mozarteum Foundation has cooperated closely with the Salzburg Festival ever since 1921: the Great Hall of the Mozarteum is one of the main venues of the concert series especially because it is excellent for the performance of chamber music. The Mozart Matinees, morning concerts given at the weekends during the Salzburg Festival, were introduced by Bernhard Paumgartner and have in the meantime assumed legendary status. In 1930 the first courses for conducting and musical instruments were held and this initiative later became the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum. Every year renowned lecturers come together with enthusiastic music students from all over the world to enter a lively artistic dialogue.

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How to get there

Adress & contact

Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal
Schwarzstraße 28, 5020 Salzburg

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The foyers are opened to Festival visitors one hour before the beginning of each performance.

Tel.: +43 662 8045 0

Public transport

Trolley bus stops Theatergasse and Makartplatz
Lines 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 21, 22, 25, 840

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Further bus lines operate from the foot-accessible trolley bus stop Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz.

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Comfortably and relaxed to the Salzburg Festival – three hours before the beginning of the performance until end of operation, your festival ticket is valid as city bus ticket in the so-called ‘core-zone’!


Raiffeisen Garage
Schwarzstraße 13-15, 5020 Salzburg

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Opening hours: daily 7 am-1 am

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Further information

When do the doors open before a performance?
The foyers of the respective venues open one hour before the start of the performance. Doors to the performance venues themselves generally open 30 minutes before the start of the performance.    
What happens if I am late?
We recommend that you arrive at the respective venue approx. 30 minutes before the start of the performances. Despite this, should you arrive after the performance has started, please contact the staff service immediately, who will be able to assist you. We strive for the possibility of a late admittance, but there may be productions in which there is no late admittance because of excessive disturbances caused to the rest of the visitors.
Will I get a refund if a performance is canceled?
We do our utmost to ensure that all performances go ahead as planned. Nevertheless, should there be a cancellation, you will be refunded the full ticket price. Other refund claims on your part are excluded unless we are responsible for the reason for the cancellation of the event. The ticket must be redeemed within 3 months after the date of the canceled performance, and the original ticket returned. Thereafter, any refund claim expires.
Are there “house rules”?
The respective house rules of Salzburg Festival apply in all venues. By entering a performance ven-ue, visitors and customers expressly accept the house rules.
Are there standing room tickets?
Notice: Due to the coronavirus situation there are no standing room tickets allowed in 2020. Thank you for your understanding!

Besides these special circumstances we would be able to provide: standing room tickets in the Felsenreitschule and in the Haus für Mozart. There are also standing room places at the Jedermann performances on the Domplatz. These are available starting one hour before the performance at the box office int the Franziskanergasse, but only if the performance takes place on the Domplatz (Cathedral Square). If the performance takes place in the Große Festspielhaus, no standing room tickets are available.

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