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Joy of grief • Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2017

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:45 h;
published in: Whitsun

( 17 May 2016 ) “I look forward to the sixth program by and with Cecilia Bartoli and the fact that the collaboration continues under the new artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser. The diversity of the past six programs shows Cecilia Bartoli’s wide variety of interests as an artistic leader,” says President Helga Rabl-Stadler. “It is a great stroke of good fortune for Salzburg and the Whitsun Festival and a wonderful perspective for my directorship to be able to continue working with this great artist,” says Markus Hinterhäuser, the designated director of the Salzburg Festival from 2017.

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Ossian and the Birth of Romanticism

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:40 h;
published in: Whitsun

( 17 May 2016 ) In 1760, encouraged by the Edinburgh literati, the Gaelic- speaking Highlander, James Macpherson (1736–96), published his Fragments of Ancient Poetry, collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and translated from the Galic or Erse language. Like others before him (for instance, the literate Sami, Olaus Sirma), he delivered on demand selective and reworked samples of what he thought a polished audience would be able to take of the literary culture of an unknown and savage people.

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

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:19 h;
published in: Opera

( 17 Jun 2016 ) “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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Young Voices in the Da Ponte Cycle

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:44 h;
published in: Opera

( 24 Jun 2016 ) 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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Next Generation • Young Conductors at the Salzburg Festival

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

( 27 Jun 2016 ) 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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Due to high demand, Dress Rehearsal for “West Side Story” open for ticket sales

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:29 h;
published in: Opera

( 29 Jun 2016

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!

Information on the Bankruptcy of Ticket Office Polzer

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:54 h;
published in: General

( 30 Jun 2016 ) A few days ago, the Directorate of the Salzburg Festival instructed a law firm to declare the immediate cancellation of its contract and business relationship with the company Polzer Travel- und Ticketcenter GmbH und CoKG. After extensive review and consideration during the past weeks, the economic situation of the company Polzer Travel- und Ticketcenter GmbH und CoKG and its resulting default and failure to fulfill its financial obligations towards the Salzburg Festival Fund made this measure unavoidable. It is a measure the Salzburg Festival very much regrets, as for decades, the company Polzer Travel- und Ticketcenter GmbH und CoKG was a highly reliable business partner to the Salzburg Festival Fund. 

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Outstanding Young Talents at the Salzburg Festival

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
published in: Concert

( 1 Jul 2016 ) Young stars of the classical music world are increasingly conquering stages everywhere. Thus, the Salzburg Festival is delighted to welcome the two exceptional pianists Yuja Wang and Khatia Buniatishvili as well as the amazingly talented cellist Sol Gabetta, who are sure to enchant the Festival’s audiences this summer!

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Lukas Crepaz Appointed Business Director of the Salzburg Festival

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:34 h;
published in: General

( 4 Jul 2016 )  Mag. Lukas Crepaz, 34 years old, has been appointed Business Director of the Salzburg Festival as of April 1, 2017. The Festival’s Directorate will thereby revert to three members, as was the case prior to 2011. “We are delighted to have identified a young Austrian cultural manager who has made a name for himself at highly renowned cultural institutions abroad, and to have hired him for the Salzburg Festival. Mr. Crepaz competed with high-carat candidates during an extensive and comprehensive selection process and proved the most qualified applicant,” thus the Chairman of the Salzburg Festival Fund Supervisory Board, State Representative Mag. Hans Scharfetter, announcing the appointment of Lukas Crepaz.

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The Young Singers Project has Provided a Platform for Young Talents since 2008

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:11 h;
published in: Concert

( 7 Jul 2016 ) To perform once at the Salzburg Festival – this dream comes true for 13 young singers this year. They are participating in the Young Singers Project, initiated by the Salzburg Festival in 2008 to create a high-carat education platform for rising young vocalists. These talents, aged 21 to 29, arrived this week in Salzburg and are now looking forward to a varied programme.

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