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SALZBURG FESTIVAL | OPERA 2015

Wolfgang Rihm • Die Eroberung von Mexico

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Felsenreitschule

Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor
Peter Konwitschny, Director
Performers: Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus, Susanna Andersson, Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Stephan Rehm, Peter Pruchniewitz
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Wolfgang A. Mozart • Le nozze di Figaro

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Haus für Mozart

Dan Ettinger, Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Director
Performers: Luca Pisaroni, Anett Fritsch, Martina Janková, Adam Plachetka, Margarita Gritskova, Ann Murray, Carlos Chausson, Paul Schweinester, Franz Supper, Christina Gansch*, Erik Anstine
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic

Ludwig v. Beethoven • Fidelio

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Claus Guth, Director
Performers: Jonas Kaufmann, Adrianne Pieczonka, Sebastian Holecek, Tomasz Konieczny, Hans-Peter König, Olga Bezsmertna, Norbert Ernst, Paul Lorenger, Nadia Kichler
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic

Vincenzo Bellini • Norma

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Haus für Mozart

Giovanni Antonini, Conductor
Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Director
Performers: Cecilia Bartoli, Rebeca Olvera, John Osborn, Michele Pertusi, Liliana Nikiteanu, Reinaldo Macias
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano
Orchestra La Scintilla at Zurich Opera

Giuseppe Verdi • Il trovatore

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor
Alvis Hermanis, Director and Sets
Performers: Francesco Meli, Anna Netrebko, Artur Ruciński, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Adrian Sâmpetrean, Diana Haller, Bror Magnus Todenes*, Matthias Winckhler*
Members of the Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie of the Vienna Philharmonic
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic

Christoph Willibald Gluck • Iphigénie en Tauride

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Haus für Mozart

Diego Fasolis, Conductor
Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Director
Performers: Cecilia Bartoli, Christopher Maltman, Rolando Villazón, Michael Kraus, Rebeca Olvera
Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano
I Barocchisti

Richard Strauss • Der Rosenkavalier

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Harry Kupfer, Director
Performers: Krassimira Stoyanova, Günther Groissböck, Sophie Koch, Adrian Eröd, Golda Schultz, Silvana Dussmann, Rudolf Schasching, Andeka Gorrotxategi, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Tobias Kehrer, Franz Supper, Martin Piskorski, Dirk Aleschus, Roman Sadnik, Federica Lombardi*, Claire de Sévigné*, Goran Cah*, Rupert Grössinger, Members of the Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie of the Vienna Philharmonic, Catriona Morison*, Dara Savinova*
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Vienna Philharmonic

Jules Massenet • Werther

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Alejo Pérez, Conductor
Wolfgang Götz, Chorus Master
Performers: Piotr Beczala, Angela Gheorghiu, Daniel Schmutzhard, Elena Tsallagova, Giorgio Surian, Martin Zysset, Ruben Drole
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

Henry Purcell • Dido and Aeneas

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Felsenreitschule

Thomas Hengelbrock, Concept and Conductor
Gail Skrela, Choreography
Performers: Johanna Wokalek, Kate Lindsey, Benedict Nelson, Katja Stuber, Agnes Kovacs, Annie Bierwirth, Marion Eckstein, Marion Eckstein, Hermann Oswald
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor und -Solisten
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble

Giuseppe Verdi • Ernani

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Riccardo Muti, Conductor
Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorus Master
Giuseppe Montanari, Conductor Stage Music
Performers: Francesco Meli, Vittoria Yeo, Luca Salsi, Ildar Abdrazakov, Antonello Ceron, Gianfranco Montresor, Simge Büyükedes
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Members of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

Opera for Children
Gioachino Rossini • The Barber of Seville for Children

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Great Hall of the University

Duncan Ward, Conductor
Elena Tzavara, Stage Direction and Text Adaptation
Uwe Sochaczewsky, Musical Arrangement
Elisabeth Vogetseder, Conrad Moritz Reinhardt, Sets and Costumes
Performers: Andrew Haji*, Rafael Fingerlos*, Adriana Ferfecka*, Gordon Bintner*, Ivan Thirion*
salzburg orchester solisten

Introducing opera to Children • Fun and Games with Rossini
Fun and Games with Rossini • The Baber of Seville for Children

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Hörsaal 101

Monika Sigl-Radauer, Organisation

Final performances of the opera camps
Ludwig v. Beethoven • Fidelio for Children

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ARGEkultur

Final performances of the opera camps
Giuseppe Verdi • Il trovatore for Children

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ARGEkultur

SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • TeraceTalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus Skovhus und Wolfgang Schaufler

24 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
posted in: Opera, General

The Felsenreitschule, that cultic place of power, is a wonderful performance venue for his opera Die Eroberung von Mexico, says composer Wolfgang Rihm. He adds that the space can be partitioned in so many ways, leading to a sound sphere, even a physical sensation of sound within the space, explaining that he designed the piece so that the singers could derive their notes from the sound.

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Siemens Festival>Nights: The Free Open-Air-Highlight of the Salzburg Festival

24 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:30 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

From July 25 to August 30, 2015, another edition of the Siemens Festival>Nights takes place on Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz – for the 14th time in parallel with the Salzburg Festival. In cooperation with the Salzburg Festival, ORF Salzburg and Unitel, not only historical productions, but many highlights from this year’s programme will be shown over a period of five weeks.

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival

22 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:08 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

This year, the Salzburg Festival takes place for the 95th time. Last weekend, the traditional performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, part of the Ouverture spirituelle, and the premiere of Jedermann launched the festival season. The opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival takes place at the Felsenreitschule on July 26 at 11 am. The ceremony will be attended by the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, the Austrian Minister of Art and Culture, Constitution and Media Dr. Josef Ostermayer and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered this year by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Safranski.

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Operas in Concert this Festival Summer

22 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:30 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Apart from numerous concerts, drama productions and many staged operas, this year features concert performances of operas as well. Werther, Dido and Aeneas and Ernani are three performances worth experiencing.

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Angela Gheorghiu and Elisabeth Kulman Replace Elīna Garanča

14 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:36 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Unfortunately, Elīna Garanča has cancelled her appearances at the Salzburg Festival for this summer, sending the following message:
“Due to personal reasons, I much regret to withdraw from my professional activities until further notice. My mother is suffering from terminal cancer, so I will now stay by her side in Riga. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding in this difficult time.”

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For the new production of “Die Eroberung von Mexico”

7 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:04 h;
posted in: Opera

The team bringing Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico to the Salzburg Festival stage is in the midst of its rehearsals. Therefore, it is an unusual occurrence to find Peter Konwitschny (director), Johannes Leiacker (set and costume designer), Ingo Metzmacher (music director) and Bettina Bartz (the production dramaturge) taking their seats on a podium to answer questions from journalists at such an early stage, three weeks before the premiere.

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Back due to Popular Demand: Revivals!

6 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:12 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama

Numerous new productions await the Salzburg Festival’s guests this summer, but there are also some revivals of particularly successful productions on the playbill. These include Der Rosenkavalier, Iphigénie en Tauride, Norma, Il trovatore and Jedermann. Therefore, if you missed a production during the past years, maybe this year you will get lucky and secure one of the sought-after tickets.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico • Conversations with the Opera’s Composer, Conductor and Director

8 JUN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
posted in: Opera

After the celebrated world premiere of Dionysos at the 2010 Salzburg Festival, this year Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico will be performed. Click here to read extracts from interviews with the composer, the conductor Ingo Metzmacher, who led the world premiere of this opera in Hamburg in 1992, and the director Peter Konwitschny.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • An Opera of Enlightenment

13 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:45 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Whitsun

Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragedy in four acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be staged at Whitsun and at the Salzburg Festival in summer. Who is this Iphigénie whose fate inspired not only Christoph Willibald Gluck but also artists like Goethe, Racine, Handel, Tommaso Traetta and Niccolò Jommelli?

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Young Singers Project 2015

5 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

In 2008 the Young Singers Project was inaugurated, with the goal of enabling young singers from all over the world to further their education on an international level. Like all its other elements, the Salzburg Festival’s education programmes follow the motto set by one of its founders: “Opera and theatre – the best of both” (Hugo von Hofmannsthal).

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“The role is a good fit” – Golda Schultz as Sophie in Der “Rosenkavalier”

16 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:18 h;
posted in: Opera

“That’s the Way to Run a Festival!” was the headline of a major Austrian newspaper last year, on the occasion of the premiere of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Harry Kupfer. Thus, there are many reasons to experience Der Rosenkavalier this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. One new element of the production, however, is the South African soprano Golda Schultz, and she alone is worth attending the revival.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

10 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
posted in: Opera, Whitsun

When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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Plácido Domingo • Gala Concert Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Salzburg Debut

3 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:55 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert

Plácido Domingo has decided to retire the role of Conte di Luna from his repertoire and has therefore cancelled all respective performances in Berlin, Milan and Salzburg. Fortunately, it will still be possible to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Salzburg debut with a gala concert at the Festival. 

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A Myth without Pathos

9 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:59 h;
posted in: Opera, Whitsun

What unites Cleopatra, Norma, Cenerentola and Iphigénie? Cecilia Bartoli creates studies of moving fates with passion. An interview with Cecilia Bartoli about her role debut in the title role of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

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The Salzburg Festival in Numbers

8 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:18 h;
posted in: Opera, Drama, Concert

Summer 2015! July 18 to August 30! 188 performances! 44 days! 12 performance venues! That is what the Salzburg Festival looks like from a slightly different perspective: broken down to numbers.

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PETER KONWITSCHNY to direct Die Eroberung von Mexico, replacing LUC BONDY

19 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:23 h;
posted in: Opera

The Salzburg Festival regrets to announce that Luc Bondy finds himself unable to direct the production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for reasons of scheduling as well as personal ones. At the same time, we are happy to announce that we have been able to convince Peter Konwitschny to take on this production as director.

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Public Screening of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier in Japan

7 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  21:58 h;
posted in: Opera, General

Japan and Austria, Kawasaki and Salzburg – two art-loving countries, two twin cities. Cultural exchange through Public Screenings: on Sunday, December 7, Kawasaki, a metropolis of millions close to Tokyo, showed the 2014 Salzburg Festival’s production of Der Rosenkavalier on a large-format public screen – befitting during the anniversary year of its composer.

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Bauprobe for the New Production “Le nozze di Figaro”

4 DEC2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:51 h;
posted in: Opera

Today the Bauprobe (mock-up set rehearsal) for W. A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro took place at the Haus für Mozart. Following the working model by set designer Alex Eales, the Salzburg Festival workshops built the Bauprobe sets on a scale of 1:1.

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The 2015 Opera Programme

6 NOV2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:05 h;
posted in: Opera, General

Masters and servants, the powerful and the powerless, oppression and protest – these binary oppositions provide the themes of the opera and drama programmes of the Festival in 2015. Reconciling people to that inequality – which is reflected not only in wealth and poverty, liberty and constraint, but which determines all social conditions, even the most personal of relationships – appears to have been a challenge as urgent as it is insoluble throughout the ages. 

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