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Ouverture spirituelle under the Sign of Buddhism

18 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:55 h;
published in: Concert

Last year, the newly-introduced concert series Ouverture spirituelle met with a most enthusiastic echo. Also this year, the Salzburg Festival will once again open with sacred music, and again, works by Catholic and Protestant composers will be juxtaposed with another religion – this time, it will be Buddhism, brought to you via traditional and recent music from Japan.

Our program guide offers an overview of all the events pertaining to the Ouverture spirituelle series: 





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Music and Theatre for Everybody at the Festival Opening Party

19 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:00 h;
published in: General

Following the motto “A Festival for Everyone”, Salzburg’s historical centre becomes the backdrop for about 80 events of different genres on July 19 and 20. At 32 performance venues, the 2013 Salzburg Festival is launched with a celebration of diversity. Of course, the performers include a number of Festival artists who take this opportunity to introduce themselves to the Salzburg audience. Without admission, you can enjoy an intriguing and surprising programme.

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Happy Birthday, Sir Harrison Birtwistle!

15 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:00 h;
published in: Opera, Concert


We congratulate Sir Harrison Birtwistle on his 79th birthday! Born in Accrington, Great Britain, on July 15, 1934, he is considered one of the most important contemporary composers in Europe today. This year, the Salzburg Festival focuses on his oeuvre in its programme. First and foremost, there is his opera Gawain, which will have its premiere on July 26 at the Felsenreitschule. Furthermore, we present selected Birtwistle works as part of the series Salzburg contemporary: for example at a concert of the Klangforum Wien on July 31, or with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna on August 12, 2013, which will see the Austrian premiere of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.



Comedy and Earnestness at Casa Verdi

14 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:19 h;
published in: Opera

In six performances, Ambrogio Maestri will portray the role of Sir John Falstaff in Falstaff, Verdi’s commedia lirica – this will be his 20th new production of this opera! Of course, even in the productions that Maestri has been part of so far, Falstaff was never really young – however, the fact that the subject of age and ageing is as central as in Salzburg is a new experience for him. Director Damiano Michieletto has found his very own way of staging Verdi’s last opera. On Thursday, the press had the opportunity to talk to the artists featured in this production.

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A Glimpse of the Final Rehearsals for the New “Jedermann”

17 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:38 h;
published in: Drama

How does one approach a work with such a long tradition as Jedermann? The two directors Julian Crouch and Brian Mertes have sought their very own path to realising the mystery play on Cathedral Square, inspired both by the past and the future. The production of their predecessor Christian Stückl was seen for eleven years on Cathedral Square. With their version, the directing duo from the USA and England want to return to the roots.

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Female Power at the Festspielhaus • Now also in the Visual Arts

19 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:00 h;
published in: General

Under the title NO MAN’S HEAVEN, the artist Eva Schlegel exhibits her works of art at the Haus für Mozart and the Karl-Böhm-Saal, in the windows of the Festspielhaus and in the entrance area of the Felsenreitschule, starting on July 20, 2013. However, you have surely encountered her – or rather, her works – before. After all, her images have been seen on the Salzburg Festival’s homepage since November 2012, and they accompany our entire 2013 Festival season. For more information on the exhibit and to read an introduction by President Helga Rabl-Stadler on the artist Eva Schlegel and her work, please click through to the article.

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Intensive Encounter with Gustav Mahler

21 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  19:14 h;
published in: Concert, General

In his symphonies, Gustav Mahler formulated a utopia which he described as a “longing beyond the things of this world”. With the complete performance of all nine finished symphonies, the 2013 Salzburg Festival offers an opportunity to experience Mahler’s cosmos in all its facets. In order to make this encounter with Gustav Mahler even more intensive, we were able to engage Gilbert Kaplan, who has studied the life and work of this composer like hardly anyone else today, to give two lectures.

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Culinary Delights at the Salzburg Festival Ball

22 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:18 h;
published in: Festival Ball

The rising star of the local gastronomic scene, Salzburg’s award-winning chef Andreas Döllerer, seemed to have no problem whatsoever assembling the infrastructure for the gala dinner for 530 persons at last year’s Ball at the Residenz, feeding the guests within a short period of time at the highest level and offering exquisite specialties from the Salzburg region. He presented this year’s Festival menu for the gala dinner at the 2nd Salzburg Festival Ball on August 31 at a rehearsal dinner with Artistic Director Alexander Pereira and Daniela de Souza as well as the Meistersinger artists Monika Bohinec, Michael Volle, Peter Sonn and Markus Werba. The dinner took place at his gourmet restaurant in Golling. 

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 93rd Salzburg Festival

25 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:35 h;
published in: General

Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer, the Minister for Education, Arts and Culture, Dr. Claudia Schmied, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer and Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler will open the 2013 Salzburg Festival on July 26, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Felsenreitschule. The keynote address will be delivered this year by the founder of El Sistema, Maestro José Antonio Abreu.

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Siemens Festival>Nights and Children’s>Festival • Experience the Salzburg Festival for free

25 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:03 h;
published in: General

Starting tomorrow, the Siemens Festival>Nights will once again allow ‘everyman’ to experience the Salzburg Festival. Every evening from July 26 to September 1, productions from the festival will be shown for free at Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz on an LED wall that offers the highest picture and sound quality and is suitable for use in daylight. The program includes both current productions and recordings of past performances. Numerous live broadcasts will once again allow visitors to enjoy the flair of premiere events. “The Siemens Festival>Nights are an internationally unparalleled cultural public screening at the very highest level. Every year, we give tens of thousands of fans of the arts free access to operas, theater performances and concerts in the heart of Salzburg’s old town.” explained Wolfgang Hesoun, CEO of Siemens Austria.

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