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SALZBURG FESTIVAL | OPERA 2016

Charles Gounod • Faust

Grosses Festspielhaus

Alejo Pérez, Conductor
Reinhard von der Thannen, Director, Sets and Costumes
Giorgio Madia, Chorographer and Staging Collaborator
Performers: Piotr Beczala, Ildar Abdrazakov, Maria Agresta, Alexey Markov, Tara Erraught, Paolo Rumetz, Marie-Ange Todorovitch
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Vienna Philharmonic

Wolfgang A. Mozart • Così fan tutte

Felsenreitschule

Ottavio Dantone, Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Stage Director
Performers: Julia Kleiter, Angela Brower, Martina Janková, Mauro Peter, Alessio Arduini, Michael Volle
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

Wolfgang A. Mozart • Don Giovanni

Haus für Mozart

Alain Altinoglu, Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Stage Director
Performers: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Luca Pisaroni, Carmela Remigio, Paolo Fanale, Layla Claire, Alain Coulombe, Valentina Nafornita, Alessio Arduini (August 7 and 9), Iurii Samoilov, Mika Kares (August 9)
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Vienna Philharmonic

Wolfgang A. Mozart • Le nozze di Figaro

Haus für Mozart

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

Giacomo Puccini • Manon Lescaut

Grosses Festspielhaus

Marco Armiliato, Conductor
Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorus Master
Performers: Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Armando Piña, Carlos Chausson, Benjamin Bernheim, Erik Anstine, Patrick Vogel, Szilvia Vörös*, Simon Shibambu*

Otto Nicolai • Il templario

Grosses Festspielhaus

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor
Alois Glaßner, Chorus Master
Performers: Juan Diego Flórez, Luca Salsi, Clémentine Margaine, Kristiane Kaiser, Adrian Sâmpetrean, Armando Piña, Franz Supper
Salzburger Bachchor
Vienna Philharmonic

Opera for Children
Henrik Albrecht, Henry Purcell • The Fairy Queen for Children

Great Hall of the University

Elena Tzavara, Henrik Albrecht, Stage Adaptation
David Niemann, Conductor
Elena Tzavara, Director
Performers: Nika Gorič, Miriam Albano, Sean Michael Plumb , Oliver Johnston, Unnsteinn Árnason, Mingjie Lei, Albina Latipova
salzburg orchester solisten

Introducing opera to Children • Fun and Games with Purcell
Fun and Games with Purcell • The Fairy Queen for Children

Hörsaal 101

Monika Sigl-Radauer, Organisation

Final performances of the Opera Camps
Richard Strauss • Die Liebe der Danae for Children

Great Hall of the University

Ute Engelhardt, Director
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Direction

Final performances of the Opera Camps
Wolfgang A. Mozart • Don Giovanni for Children

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Ute Engelhardt, Director
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Direction

Final performances of the Opera Camps
Wolfgang A. Mozart • Le nozze di Figaro for Children

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Harald Volker Sommer, Director
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Direction

SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Final Report on the 2016 Salzburg Festival: Opera

31 AUG2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:18 h;
posted in: Opera, General

Altogether, 46 opera performances were on the programme: three new productions, two revivals, one restaging, one revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and three concert performances formed the 2016 opera offerings. Compared to last summer, 12,000 opera tickets more were on sale – a record topped only during the Mozart Year 2006.

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“Il templario” • Terrace Talk with Juan Diego Flórez and Clemens Hellsberg

24 AUG2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:15 h;
posted in: Opera

Clemens Hellsberg describes it as one of the happiest moments of his professional life – the former Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic refers to an email he received from tenor Juan Diego Flórez. In that email, the tenor voiced his interest in performing the opera Il templario by Otto Nicolai, the founder of the Vienna Philharmonic. Hellsberg is not only the former Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic, but also a veritable expert on the life and work of Otto Nicolai. “It is very meaningful when a great artist such as Flórez champions such a rarely performed opera,” says Clemens Hellsberg.

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The Young Mozart Singers

21 AUG2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:05 h;
posted in: Opera

An airhead? No! – That is not Susanna at all. “She holds all the threads in her hand,” says Anna Prohaska, who sings the role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro this Festival summer. Still, the focus of Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production is more on the Count and Countess, the soprano says. And yet Susanna is “the Hans Sachs of lyric sopranos,” she says with a laugh. After all, Susanna is constantly on stage.

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TerraceTalk with Anna Netrebko

5 AUG2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:19 h;
posted in: Opera

When Anna Netrebko sings, she is always moved to tears, says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler at the press conversation with the singer. “Anna has made Festival history, and I hope that she will continue to do so.”

The Russian artist starts by pointing out that she has worn a colourful outfit to counteract the rain outside, taking her seat on the podium with a smile.

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4 AUG2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:20 h;
posted in: Opera

For the first time, Charles Gounod’s Faust will be performed at the Salzburg Festival. At the Terrace Talk, Reinhard von der Thannen (director, set and costume designer) and conductor Alejo Pérez offered first insights into their concept.

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Die Liebe der Danae • TerraceTalk with Franz Welser-Möst

27 JUL2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:59 h;
posted in: Opera

“The atmosphere at the rehearsals is wonderful, despite the fact that this difficult – and therefore rarely performed – work does present special challenges for the outstanding cast of singers and the Vienna Philharmonic. The wonderful results of a previous cooperation on a Strauss opera – namely Der Rosenkavalier in 2014 and 2015 – between Franz Welser-Möst, the Vienna Philharmonic and Krassimira Stoyanova seems to me to portend nothing but good for 2016,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. 

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Così fan tutte • The 175-Year Anniversary of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg • TerraceTalk

25 JUL2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:18 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

The Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg celebrates its 175-year anniversary this year. The orchestra has been an important part of the Salzburg Festival since its founding in 1920, says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler during the Terrace Talk on Monday. Ever since, the Mozarteum Orchestra has performed in 885 concerts, 329 opera and 324 plays at the Festival. “Thus, it is not exaggerated to say: the Mozarteum Orchestra is a part of us. Just as we are part of the Mozarteum Orchestra,” says Helga Rabl-Stadler. This Festival summer, the orchestra will appear not only during the Mozart Matinees, but the musicians will also perform under Ottavio Dantone’s baton at the Felsenreitschule in Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte.

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Due to high demand, Dress Rehearsal for “West Side Story” open for ticket sales

29 JUN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:29 h;
posted in: Opera

The dress rehearsal for West Side Story on Friday, August 19 at 2 pm will be opened for ticket sales due to high demand. Ticket sales begin on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 9:30 am. Tickets will be offered at reduced prices ranging from 20 to 245 Euros. Ticket sales take place exclusively via the daytime ticket office at the Salzburg Festival SHOP • KARTEN / TICKETS, Hofstallgasse 1, and via the Salzburg Festival homepage. Do not miss this one-time chance – secure your tickets for this successful musical production today!

Next Generation • Young Conductors at the Salzburg Festival

27 JUN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:59 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

Of course there are many experienced opera and concert conductors to look forward to during the upcoming Festival summer. However, as talented young artists join their well-known singer and instrumentalist colleagues on the Festival stages, the coming generation of conductors is also making an entrance. Among them are Constantinos Carydis, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Lionel Bringuier.

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Young Voices in the Da Ponte Cycle

24 JUN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:44 h;
posted in: Opera

For the first time in the history of the Salzburg Festival, Mozart’s complete Da Ponte cycle can be heard this year. Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, the libretti for which were all written by Lorenzo da Ponte, are among Mozart’s most popular operas next to Die Zauberflöte. But not only that: they are also considered the psychologically most astute and politically most charged of his works, having been written during insecure times: the French Revolution was about to begin, or in full swing already.

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Reinhard von der Thannen in Conversation about “Faust” by Charles Gounod

17 JUN2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:19 h;
posted in: Opera

“In the early 80ies – while I was a student in Vienna at the University of Applied Arts – I attended innumerable productions at the Salzburg Festival, and I fell hopelessly in love with the beauty and flair of this unique city. Twenty years later, a passionate dream of mine came true: I was invited to work for the Festival as a set and costume designer. It was a wonderful experience for me as an Austrian, and Salzburg has had a very special place in my heart ever since.”

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

25 APR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:20 h;
posted in: Opera, Whitsun

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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Guest Orchestras • RSO • Harpist Anna Verkholantseva

11 APR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:22 h;
posted in: Opera

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

29 MAR2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:33 h;
posted in: Opera

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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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

22 FEB2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:47 h;
posted in: Opera, Concert, General

The Salzburg Festival has always been a major initiator of new works. During the upcoming Festival summer, you may look forward to four world premieres: works by Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Friedrich Cerha and Mark Simpson will be performed for the very first time.

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West Side Story Brings Broadway Musical Stars to Salzburg

8 FEB2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:45 h;
posted in: Opera, Whitsun

The 2016 Whitsun Festival will open for the first time in its history with the performance of a musical. In keeping with the festival’s motto – Romeo and Juliet – the programme features the West Side Story. In addition to Cecilia Bartoli and Norman Reinhardt, numerous great names of the musical business can be found on the cast list. They include Karen Olivo as Anita and George Akram as Bernardo.

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Opera 2016

5 NOV2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
posted in: Opera

The 2016 opera programme includes three new productions, two revivals, one re-staging, one revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and three operas performed in concert. The 2016 Festival opens with a world premiere by the British composer Thomas Adès. The Exterminating Angel is the title of an opera in two acts which will also be shown in London, Copenhagen and in New York in 2018, after its Salzburg premiere.

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