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The Salzburg Festival congratulates Hossam Mahmoud on winning the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg

19 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:36 h;
published in: Concert, General

Hossam Mahmoud commissioned to write Seelenfäden for the 2014 Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is delighted that the 2013 Grand Arts Prize of the State of Salzburg has been awarded to Hossam Mahmoud. During the 2014 Festival summer, the Ouverture spirituelle and the series Salzburg contemporary will each feature one of the composer’s works. “This decision by the jury results in double encouragement for Hossam Mahmoud's creative work during difficult times: on the one hand, there is the 2014 programming of the Salzburg Festival, on the other, this important and generously endowed prize of the State of Salzburg,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler emphasises.

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World Premiere • Charlotte Salomon‘s Leben? oder Theater? Transformed into an Opera

12 DEC 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:27 h;
published in: Drama

The Salzburg Festival looks forward to a very special world premiere as part of the coming season’s programme. Under the baton of composer Marc-André Dalbavie and directed by Luc Bondy, the life story and artistic oeuvre of Charlotte Salomon will become the basis of an opera. In her fascinating work Leben? oder Theater?, a unique combination of images, texts and musical quotations, the young Jewish artist tried to come to terms with the dramatic events of her life. This work inspired Dalbavie for his composition.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

24 DEC 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:00 h;
published in: General

We wish all friends and guests of the Salzburg Festival a blessed Christmas and a great start to the New Year 2014!

Don’t forget to take advantage of the fact that until January 8, all ticket orders received for the Summer Festival will be treated as equal. Why not take the time between Christmas and New Year’s to browse the programme and send your purchase requests to the Ticket Office – 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.

Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2014 - The Three Finalists have been Chosen

8 JAN 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:15 h;
published in: Concert

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, which has become one of the most coveted prizes for young conductors, goes into its fifth round in 2014. In its fifth year, candidates from four continents showed interest in this international award for young conductors. Altogether, 82 persons applied. Now the three finalists have been chosen: Victor Aviat (31) from France, Leo McFall (32) from Great Britain and Maxime Pascal (28), also from France.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Claudio Abbado

20 JAN 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:55 h;
published in: General

“For weeks, we have been afraid of this. Claudio Abbado is dead. The music world has lost one of its very greatest. He never sought to triumph, but probably that is why his interpretations became such triumphs. We in Salzburg must also bid farewell to a musician who gave our audiences extraordinary experiences for decades. There are few conductors whose reviews used the words ‘magic moments’ so often. Few other conductors received such surging waves of applause even after difficult works. The Festival is grateful that we were able to have him here in Salzburg. He lives on in us through his work,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said in a first reaction.

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“The Forbidden Zone” • The Production now focuses on Clara Immerwahr

30 JAN 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:14 h;
published in: Drama

The English director Katie Mitchell has been commissioned by the Salzburg Festival as part of our season reflecting on the First World War to create the project The Forbidden Zone for the Perner-Insel Hallein stage. Katie Mitchell and her writer Duncan Macmillan’s initial inspiration came from Mary Borden’s autobiographical work of the same name. During Katie Mitchell and Duncan Macmillan’s process of research and preparation their interest in the events of the First World has evolved.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Maximilian Schell

1 FEB 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:33 h;
published in: General

A world star, a citizen of the world, an intellectual, a philanthropist has died. The Salzburg Festival mourns his passing and remembers one of the very great actors on the world’s stages. Maximilian Schell embodied Jedermann on Cathedral Square from 1978 to 1982. “He was one of the most convincing and best actors in this role,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said. A complete list of Maximilian Schell’s appearances at the Salzburg Festival is available by clicking here.

In Conversation with the First of Three Finalists of the Young Conductors Award – Maxime Pascal

7 FEB 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:28 h;
published in: Concert

On February 28, March 1 and 2, 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 Maxime Pascal, Leo McFall and Victor Aviat. We start out with Maxime Pascal from France, who will lead the first concert of the Award Concert Weekend on February 28, 2014 at 7.30 pm, featuring the Camerata Salzburg and the oboist Ramón Ortega Quero. 

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Questions for the Second Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Leo McFall

10 FEB 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:30 h;
published in: Concert

The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is Leo McFall from Great Britain. Read here what the finale and music in general mean to him. Leo McFall will conduct the Mozarteum Orchestra with soloist Jan Lisiecki on March 1, 2014 at 07.30 pm

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Introducing Victor Aviat, the Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award

13 FEB 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
published in: Concert

And finally, we introduce you to the remaining finalist, Victor Aviat from France, who will conduct the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg with soloist Veronika Eberle at the Felsenreitschule on March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm. He has also provided us with interesting answers to several questions. 

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