Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
The Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor appears at major concerts and in opera productions at the Salzburg Festival and also at the town’s Landestheater, offering children and adolescents a thorough all-round training in singing and music in addition to giving them a first-hand impression of professional work in the theatre. The choir was formed in October 2010 following a merger between the Salzburg Festival Children’s Choir and the Landestheater Children’s Choir and is currently directed by Wolfgang Götz. Regina Sgier is responsible for developing and training the choristers’ voices. Depending on their age, the younger children are introduced to singing through various pre-choir groups. At present the choir numbers around 200 young Austrian and German singers aged between six and sixteen, but it always works in smaller groups depending on the size of the individual project.
In addition to its own series of concerts in the town, the Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir has performed at the Salzburg Festival under such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bertrand de Billy and Zubin Mehta. Among the orchestras with which they have appeared are the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonics. In 2013 thechoir took part in a series of particularly demanding choral works, namely, Mahler’s Third and Eighth Symphonies with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under Gustavo Dudamel, Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano and Walter Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck.
Among the stage performances of operas in which the choir has taken part at the Salzburg Festival are Die Frau ohne Schatten, Macbeth, Carmen, La bohème and Das Labyrinth: Der Zauberflöte zweyter Theil. At the Salzburg Landestheater they appeared to great acclaim in May 2014 in their own production, Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu. At the 2014 Salzburg Festival the choir will be appearing in Der Rosenkavalier under Franz Welser-Möst and in Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 under John Eliot Gardiner.
Current as of July 2014