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Johanna Wokalek and Marianne Crebassa: Two Strong Women Playing Charlotte Salomon

21 JUL 2014

published in: Opera

The actress Johanna Wokalek and the mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa embody the title role in the opera Charlotte Salomon, which has its world premiere at the Felsenreitschule on July 28, 2014.  Johanna Wokalek plays Charlotte Salomon, the real person who conveyed the story of her life to future generations through pictures, texts and musical references, and whom dramaturge Konrad Kuhn describes as a “girl with a Berlin loudmouth and an irony bordering on the sarcastic”. Marianne Crebassa takes on the role of Charlotte Kann, the fictional ego of Charlotte Salomon, the protagonist actively involved in the stage narrative. Let us introduce you to this central work of the Festival summer.

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A Fresh Anton Bruckner Tradition

22 JUL 2014

published in: Concert

This year, the Salzburg Festival presents all the symphonies by Anton Bruckner which the composer himself endorsed. Five of them will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, which has dedicated itself to the oeuvre of the master from Linz from the very beginning. Another four concerts bring you fascinating Bruckner encounters with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

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Swarovski provides a New Dress for the Paramour in the 2014 Jedermann Production

23 JUL 2014

published in: Drama, General

Several thousand crystals decorate the Lover’s new dress in the 2014 Jedermann production. Seductive red, a skin-tight corsage and 32 metres of hemline are the defining elements of the creation. Scarlet-red flowers made of fabric sparkle with crystals reminiscent of dewdrops. In painstaking detail work, the crystals were stitched onto silk satin and silk muslin. 

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The Mozart Matinees: A Fixture in the Salzburg Festival’s Concert Programme

24 JUL 2014

published in: Concert

Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mozart Matinees at the Salzburg Festival are linked by tradition. This year, there are six different Matinees on the concert programme, each with two performances. Conductors include Manfred Honeck, who led the Mozarteum Orchestra this past weekend, Ádám Fischer, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski and Vladimir Fedoseyev – guaranteeing a stylistically rich programme!

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Salzburg Festival

25 JUL 2014

published in: General

The 94th Salzburg Festival began last weekend with the Ouverture spirituelle and will be opened with the traditional ceremony on July 27, 2014 at 11:00 am. The ceremony on Sunday will be attended by Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, Dr. Josef Ostermayer, the Federal Minister for Education, Art and Culture, and Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered by the historian Prof. Dr. Christopher Clark. Read here what awaits you at the Opening Ceremony!

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Katie Mitchell talks to David Tushingham about “The Forbidden Zone”

29 JUL 2014

published in: Drama

Katie Mitchell is one of the most important theatre and opera directors in Great Britain, having been Resident Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre and London's National Theatre. Her Cologne production of Friederike Mayröcker's Reise durch die Nacht was invited to the Berlin Theatre Meeting in 2013 and nominated for the Nestroy Prize in the category "Best German-Language Performance". In Salzburg she is known chiefly for her highly successful production of Luigi Nono's Al gran sole carico d'amore (2009). This year she directs The Forbidden Zone at the Perner-Insel Hallein.

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M.A.C Workshop for the Salzburg Festival’s Makeup Artists

28 JUL 2014

published in: General

Makeup for mature skin is a topic of interest in theatre and opera as well as in general life. The cosmetics company M.A.C, one of the Festival’s product sponsors since 2008, followed an invitation from the costume and makeup department to give a workshop. Kathrin Jokubonis, M.A.C’s training manager, provided a four-hour session including valuable insider tips about primers, concealers, foundations and the right contour effects for mature skin. “Our products were originally designed for photo shootings. Because they resist spotlight glare well, they are also perfectly suited for theatre productions,” says Kathrin Jokubonis.

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The Intimate Relationship between Word and Note: The Art Song

30 JUL 2014

published in: Concert

What do Schubert and Rihm have in common, and what does Goethe have to do with it? What is the connection between Brahms and Schubert, and how does it sound when harp and soprano are heard together? These and many other questions will be answered by the song recitals at this year’s Salzburg Festival.

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Relaxation at the Festival Ball: The Beauty Boudoir

30 JUL 2014

published in: Festival Ball, General

Not only our Festival Ball debutantes are styled by professionals – you too can entrust your looks to the teams of Coiffeure Sturmayr and MAC Cosmetics, available at our exclusive Beauty Boudoir at the Haus für Mozart. Starting at the same time as the doors open, at 8:30 pm, the stylists are at your service, touching up your makeup or your ball hairdo. After a few rounds on the dance floor, perhaps you need a few quiet minutes – in that case, let your tense neck muscles, your hands or dance-wearied feet be pampered by a massage at the booth of Salzburg’s Institut Hobé from Heidi Steger!

Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project 2014

31 JUL 2014

published in: Drama

Since 2002 the Young Directors Project has enriched the programme of the Salzburg Festival. Generously supported by Montblanc International, this successful competition for young international theatre directors and their ensembles will form part of the Salzburg Festival for the last time, following a successful 13-year partnership. Through its sponsorship, Montblanc supports the selection and invitation of the productions to Salzburg and the local costs. In addition to sponsoring the entire project, Montblanc also offers the prize for the best production. The winner of the Montblanc Young Directors Award receives the sum of 10,000 Euros and the Montblanc Max Reinhardt Pen, exclusively designed for this project. 

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