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Playful Wit with Serious Undertones in the Salzburg Festival’s Falstaff Production

24 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:00 h;
published in: Opera

The first rehearsals for Verdi’s Falstaff in Damiano Michieletto’s production took place already during the spring. The production has its premiere on July 29 at the Haus für Mozart. With his last work, the almost 80-year-old Verdi fulfilled his own urgent wish to compose one last comic opera. Under this comedy’s playful surface, serious topics like social exclusion, age and ageing are revealed. We offer you an insight into the director’s work – watch our rehearsal video and peek behind the scenes…

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail - from Salzburg’s Hangar-7 Salzburg

24 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:49 h;
published in: Opera, General

The Salzburg Festival and ServusTV present an extraordinary novelty in an unusual venue. The Festival’s Artistic Director, Alexander Pereira, has announced this production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at Salzburg’s Hangar-7 as “an opera marching to a different drummer”. It takes place as part of a live broadcast on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm on ServusTV.

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Roses: Theme of the 2013 Salzburg Festival Ball

23 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:28 h;
published in: Festival Ball, General

With the first Festival Ball in 2012, the Festival hearkened back to Max Reinhardt’s traditions, reviving a hallmark, an artistic and social highlight of the Salzburg Festival season. After the great success last year, when Festival stars and international guests enjoyed the Ball, there will be a few innovations for the second edition on August 31, 2013. However, we can reveal this year’s theme to you: roses!

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Experience the Mariinsky Ballet in Le Sacre du printemps

18 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:00 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun

Le Sacre du printemps is featured in no less than two productions at this year’s Whitsun Festival. On the one hand, it is the focus of the exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra; on the other, it is the highlight of the programme point SpringSACRIFICE, featuring the Mariinsky Ballet. Experience Igor Stravinsky’s impressive score and its archaic rhythms on two occasions at the Großes Festspielhaus under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

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Storms of Applause after Norma Premiere

18 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma staged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, conducted by Giovanni Antonini with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role: all this and more made the audience’s hearts beat quicker at yesterday’s Norma premiere! The guests thanked the artists and team with extensive applause between scenes and several minutes of curtain calls.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013: The Winner for 2013 is Ben Gernon

12 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:55 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun

Ben Gernon from Great Britain, aged 23, convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher during the Award Concert Weekend at the Felsenreitschule by performing works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven with the Camerata Salzburg.

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Introducing Antonio Méndez, the Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award

8 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:09 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun, General

And finally, we introduce you to the remaining finalist, Antonio Méndez from Spain, who will conduct the Munich Radio Orchestra with soloist Sebastian Manz at the Felsenreitschule on May 12, 2013 at 11:00 am. He has also provided us with interesting answers to several questions.

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Questions for the Second Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Yu Lu

6 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun, General

The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is Yu Lu from China. Read here what the finale and music in general mean to him. Yu Lu will conduct the Mozarteum Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang on May 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

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Opening of the Exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra

2 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:53 h;
published in: Whitsun

Tomorrow is the big day – the long-awaited exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra opens at the Rauchmühle in Salzburg, as part of the Whitsun Festival. The Philharmonia Orchestra and its conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen give a whole new shape to Le Sacre du printemps as an interactive performance. Join them on this virtual journey and experience the piece from a musician’s perspective!

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In Conversation with the First of Three Finalists of the Young Conductors Award – Ben Gernon

29 APR 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:18 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun, General

On May 10, 11 and 12, the Award Concert Weekend for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards takes place at the Felsenreitschule. Here, we introduce you to the three finalists. We have asked them about themselves, their musical development, their love for music and the final round they are facing. Three subsequent blogs will give you an impression of Ben Gernon, Yu Lu and Antonio Méndez. We start out with Ben Gernon from Great Britain, who will lead the first concert of the Award Concert Weekend on May 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm, featuring the Camerata Salzburg and Sophie Pacini as piano soloist.

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