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A Loving Enabler of Modernity

19 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:47 h;
published in: General

Hans Landesmann constructed an important space for the present – remembering a creative innovator.

Hans Landesmann and Salzburg: this constellation was “a stroke of fortune for both sides,” said Salzburg’s Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler last year. At the time, she was delivering a speech on the occasion of the cultural manager’s 80th birthday. On Wednesday evening, the Salzburg Festival had the sad duty to announce the passing of this long-term member of its Directorate: Hans Landesmann died of a severe illness at the age of 81.

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280 Performances in 45 Days at 14 Performance Venues

1 SEP 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:42 h;
published in: General

The 1400 children and teenagers of El Sistema from Venezuela caused a storm of enthusiasm. Another extraordinary success was the new production of Jedermann – only the eleventh since 1920. The Ouverture spirituelle brought an opening towards the Shinto and Buddhist world view. The concert performances of operas by Verdi and Wagner, the Mahler Symphonies and the oratorios by Joseph Haydn – to name only a few highlights of this summer, apart from the new scenic productions – found an echo that can be described numerically as follows: with 286,301 visitors, we registered the highest number of visitors since the founding of the Salzburg Festival 93 years ago.

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Siemens Festival Nights in London

30 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:24 h;
published in: General

Siemens Festival Nights at the Crystal:In celebration of the first anniversary of the opening this September, the Crystal will host the first Siemens Festival Nights abroad, an outdoor opera festival taking place between 30th August and 1st September on the dockside area in front of the Crystal. Presenting brand new opera productions from the world renowned Salzburg Festival.

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The Vienna Philharmonic remains the heart of the Festival

30 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:52 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

The Vienna Philharmonic has always been one of the main pillars of the Salzburg Festival. “Without the Vienna Philharmonic, there might be a festival in Salzburg, but it would not be the Salzburg Festival.” Clearer words than those of President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler in her interview with Die Presse can hardly be found to describe the role of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Festival.

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New Management for Salzburg Festival Shop This Year

14 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:02 h;
published in: General

For the first time, the Salzburg Festival Shop is being managed by Andreas Vogl this year. Together with his team, he looks forward to welcoming you at almost all the Festival performance venues with a broad range of selected CDs, DVDs and many Festival-specific products.

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Donald Kahn was a Godsend for Salzburg

11 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:47 h;
published in: General

Donald Kahn, one of the most important patrons of Salzburg’s cultural life and especially of the Salzburg Festival, passed away yesterday, Saturday, in Salzburg, at the age of 88. “Salzburg remembers Donald Kahn with respect and gratitude; he was one of those people who have made an enormous contribution to Salzburg, of his own free will, out of love for the arts and culture, and for the City and State of Salzburg. People like Donald Kahn are important in order to offer the arts the optimal framework and conditions. Donald Kahn was a godsend for Salzburg. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his relatives in this painful hour,” Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer commemorated the deceased today, Sunday, August 11. 

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013 The 2013 Winner: Ben Gernon

9 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:44 h;
published in: General

Ben Gernon, the winner of the fourth annual round of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013”, will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Felsenreitschule on August 17th. 24-year-old Ben Gernon from Great Britain convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher at the Award Concert Weekend by conducting a concert with the Camerata Salzburg at the Felsenreitschule. “The three concerts had a very high level. The jury decided quickly and unambiguously for young Ben Gernon from Great Britain. His great musicality and his special connection to the orchestra convinced us,” said Jury Chairman Ingo Metzmacher.

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“Magic Flute” and all that...

6 AUG 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  15:09 h;
published in: Opera, General

There we are! The premiere of Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children is behind us and already seems far, far away. In the meantime, rehearsals for Die Zauberflöte for Children have begun. The premiere takes places next Thursday already, and it feels like we’ve only just started. It is a bit of a shame, because rehearsal periods are always a lot of fun and when you know that there is still a bit of time before things get serious, there is time for one or the other little beer after rehearsal. At the moment, however, we really have to marshal our resources, for this week will be turbulent.

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From one Alpine People to Another

2 AUG 2013

by Raphael Clamer  17:00 h;
published in: Drama, General

I am driving a car through the Salzburger Land, this exceptionally beautiful region. Without a plan, keeping eyes and mouth open, I meander through the Wiestal. At the reservoir I stop and jump into the refreshing, deep-turquoise water; then I continue towards Wolfgangsee, past Fuschlsee (which I really want to hike around one day). Again and again, I stop and have to look at the mountains. I am overcome with a great longing to climb every single one of them and to hike through the valleys. As soon as the rehearsals are over and we are only performing in the evenings, I will assault one hill or the other!

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“Pro Arte European Award” for Maestro Zubin Mehta

1 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:13 h;
published in: General

On July 30, 2013, Maestro Zubin Mehta was presented with the “Pro Arte European Award” of the Herbert Batliner European Institute. The prize is awarded to persons and institutions for outstanding achievements in the creation, affirmation and teaching of Europe’s cultural identity.  

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