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Merry Christmas and a good start to the year 2016!

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:30 h;
published in: General

( 18 Dec 2015 ) We wish all the Salzburg Festival’s friends and guests a peaceful Christmas with your family and a good start to the New Year!

We would also like to point out that you can submit your ticket orders for the summer festival until January 7. All orders received by this deadline will be treated as equal. Why not use the holidays to peruse the programme and let the Ticket Office know your wishes – either online, via email to info@salzburgfestival.at or by mail to the Salzburg Festival Ticket Office, Herbert von Karajan Platz 11, P.O. Box 140, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. If you can't decide right now: Order some vouchers for the Salzburg Festival in our online shop!

The Salzburg Festival looks forward to sharing a new and fascinating year with you! 

Guest Orchestras • Tobias Haupt • Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:22 h;
published in: Concert

( 4 Jan 2016 ) Between July 22 and August 31, 2016, 81 concerts will be performed over the course of 41 days. Here we interview musicians from all over the world about the sound of their orchestra, about Salzburg, the Festival and life as an orchestra musician. The series begins with the last concert of the 2016 Salzburg Festival: the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig will perform under its Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt at the Großes Festspielhaus on August 31, 2016 as part of the series Guest Orchestras. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 – with pianist András Schiff as soloist – and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92.

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In memoriam Pierre Boulez

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:53 h;
published in: General

( 6 Jan 2016 ) “For months, we have feared this announcement. Pierre Boulez is dead. The music world has lost on of its very greatest. Without him the history of music since 1945 would be different. And Salzburg is one of the places he made Festival history as a conductor and composer,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. 1960 saw his debut as a conductor and composer at the Festival. 

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada replaces Nikolaus Harnoncourt in conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:34 h;
published in: Concert

( 13 Jan 2016 ) When Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was performed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with his Concentus Musicus Wien last summer, there was no way of knowing that this would bring the Salzburg Festival full circle, completing a cycle begun in 1992 with a performance of the very same work: at the time, it was Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s debut at the Salzburg Festival, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Then as today, the performance was uncompromising, rousing, overwhelming. 

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Salzburg and Sokolov • New Album: Schubert/Beethoven

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:11 h;
published in: Concert, General

( 14 Jan 2016 ) For more than 20 years, Grigory Sokolov refused to make any CD recordings whatsoever. For his first release (2014) after this long period, the Russian pianist chose a concert he gave at the Salzburg Festival in 2008: his album The Salzburg Recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin was celebrated by critics worldwide and won a coveted ECHO Classic Award. Only one year later, his new album follows: Sokolov: Schubert/Beethoven, released on January 15, 2016 by Deutsche Grammphon as part of the series Salzburg Festival Documents. 

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The new paramour • Miriam Fussenegger

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:28 h;
published in: Drama

( 29 Jan 2016 ) Miriam Fussenegger was born in Linz in 1990 and graduated from the acting school Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Apart from her theatrical performances, she also appeared in Der Tote am Teich, part of the Landkrimi TV series, and most recently in the three-part history drama Maximilian. Miriam Fussenegger made her Salzburg Festival debut in the summer of 2015 as Lucy in Julian Crouch's and Sven-Eric Bechtolf's production Mackie Messer. Eine Salzburger Dreigroschenoper. Miriam Fussenegger in conversation about her new role.

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West Side Story Brings Broadway Musical Stars to Salzburg

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

( 8 Feb 2016 ) 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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Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler in Conversation with Sir András Schiff

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:34 h;
published in: Concert

( 19 Feb 2016 ) Sir András Schiff will perform three concerts during the 2016 Festival summer. On August 1, 2016 he plays works by Franz Schubert, Mieczysław Weinberg and Johannes Brahms with the Jerusalem Quartet. On August 3, he dedicates himself to works by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy, together with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. And during the finale of the Salzburg Festival on August 31, 2016 he shares the stage at the Großes Festspielhaus with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt. Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler met András Schiff for the following conversation.

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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

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

( 22 Feb 2016 ) 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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Laura Marzadori • Concertmaster at the Age of 25

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:06 h;
published in: Concert, General

( 29 Feb 2016 ) The Filarmonica della Scala performs on August 22, 2016 under Riccardo Chailly at the Großes Festspielhaus. At the age of only 25, the Italian Laura Marzadori was named the orchestra’s concertmaster in 2014. We spoke to her about the sound of the orchestra, Salzburg and extraordinary performance venues, and Riccardo Chailly, the new principal conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala, with her.

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