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Philharmonic World Premieres Return to Salzburg

27 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
published in: Concert

In the long history of the orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic has given the world premieres of innumerable works. Its concert series this year pays homage to this fact, presenting works originally premiered by the orchestra on the Salzburg Festival stage.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico • Conversations with the Opera’s Composer, Conductor and Director

8 JUN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Opera

After the celebrated world premiere of Dionysos at the 2010 Salzburg Festival, this year Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico will be performed. Click here to read extracts from interviews with the composer, the conductor Ingo Metzmacher, who led the world premiere of this opera in Hamburg in 1992, and the director Peter Konwitschny.

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Cecilia Bartoli about “Romeo and Juliet”

26 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:35 h;
published in: Whitsun

If Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, was merely a distant, dream destination during my childhood, it was to become a very real place in my teenage years – when I performed one of my first roles – Alboino in Fioravanti’s Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno. Unfortunately, the première was a complete disaster (including whistling, roaring, boos and stamping of feet) for all concerned. Such a disaster, in fact, that my boyfriend at the time – who had just arrived, his chest swollen with pride, from Rome – withdrew his affections from his devastated, unsuccessful little girlfriend on the spot. Whispering sweet nothings on Juliet’s balcony or hiding love letters in the cracks of mediaeval walls were therefore no longer the order of the day – I would have loved to give the faithless creature some drops of poison myself…! In other words, “vendetta alla romana” rather than the romance of Romeo and Juliet!

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Whitsun 2016 • Preface by Stephen Greenblatt to “Romeo and Juliet”

26 MAY 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:20 h;
published in: Whitsun

“In this business,” the great French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about his sex life,
“I did not let myself go entirely; I took pleasure in it, but I did not forget myself; I preserved entire the little sense and discretion that nature has given me, for their service and mine; a little excitement but no folly.”
“A little excitement but no folly”: Shakespeare’s contemporary Montaigne was echoing the centuries’ old advice of philosophers and moralists. The most rigorous of these preached the complete suppression of desire, but most simply counseled restraint: in matters of love, be temperate; keep yourself under control; avoid recklessness. As the well-meaning friar in Romeo and Juliet advises the rash, love-sick young Romeo near the beginning of the play: “Love moderately.”

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MACKIE MESSER – A SALZBURG THREEPENNY OPERA

16 JUN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:12 h;
published in: Drama

In the new production of Mackie Messer – A Salzburg Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s original text remains intact, while the British composer and music director, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier winner Martin Lowe has rearranged Kurt Weill’s song style, transporting the sound of the 1920s and 1930s into tour own era.

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“Clavigo” with a twist ...

24 JUN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:33 h;
published in: Drama

With only a few weeks to go until the beginning of this year’s Salzburg Festival, rehearsals are underway at full throttle – including for the production of the play Clavigo. Recently, a video shooting took place for this production of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play.

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Festival Opening Party • Celebrate with Us!

25 JUN 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:16 h;
published in: General

“On Saturday, July 18, at 10:15 am, the Salzburg Festival begins with a great Festival Opening Party: 73 events at 29 venues. Festival artists such as Cornelius Obonya and Julian Crouch and Festival content from Brecht to Boulez without admission. It is our intention to implement Max Reinhardt’s motto, ‘The entire city is a stage’ – celebrating the opening of the Festival summer with all citizens of Salzburg and our city’s guests,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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Free, Comfortable, Eco-Friendly Rides to the Salzburg Festival

1 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:54 h;
published in: General

“Once again, we wish to offer all the Salzburg Festival’s guests the attractive option of leaving their car at home and travelling to our performance venues for free,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler declares.

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Crime-Solving and Confusion featuring Florian Teichtmeister in Salzburg

3 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:05 h;
published in: Drama

Dromio of Ephesus or Dromio of Syracuse? One thing both figures have in common: they are both played this summer by Florian Teichtmeister. The Austrian actor ensures maximum confusion in William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Florian Teichtmeister was recently in Salzburg, where the new thriller Der Tote vom Untersberg was being shot.

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Back due to Popular Demand: Revivals!

6 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:12 h;
published in: Opera, Drama

Numerous new productions await the Salzburg Festival’s guests this summer, but there are also some revivals of particularly successful productions on the playbill. These include Der Rosenkavalier, Iphigénie en Tauride, Norma, Il trovatore and Jedermann. Therefore, if you missed a production during the past years, maybe this year you will get lucky and secure one of the sought-after tickets.

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