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“Romeo and Juliet” like a red thread at the Whitsun Festival

25 APR 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:20 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

Like a red thread, the ancient tale of Romeo and Juliet runs through the programme of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The festival opens with West Side Story, the evergreen adaptation of the story of “Romeo and Juliet” based on an idea of Jerome Robbins, a script by Arthur Laurents, the music of Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. For the first time, world star Cecilia Bartoli sings the role of Maria opposite Norman Reinhardt as her Tony; Philip Wm. McKinley directs. 

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Guest Orchestras • RSO • Harpist Anna Verkholantseva

11 APR 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:22 h;
published in: Opera

The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna will perform the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel on July 28, 2016. The series “Guest Orchestras” presents the RSO musicians in two concerts: on August 7, 2016 they perform under Lorenzo Viotti, winner of the 2015 “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. And on August 11, 2016 their chief conductor Cornelius Meister takes the podium in works by Ravel, Cerha and Bartók.


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Franz Welser-Möst in Conversation about „Die Liebe der Danae“ by Richard Strauss

29 MAR 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:33 h;
published in: Opera

This Festival summer, Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the Strauss opera Die Liebe der Danae, a work closely linked to Salzburg Festival history: in 1944, the Festival was cancelled after the dress rehearsal for the opera had taken place; the work only saw its world premiere in 1952. Since then, the opera appeared on the Festival programme one more time – in 2002. Now it will be shown in a new production. In an exclusive interview, Franz Welser-Möst discusses the serenity in the music of Die Liebe der Danae, the role Strauss plays in his repertoire and his work with singers. Together with his Cleveland Orchestra, he also gives two concerts this Festival summer, conducting not only Richard Strauss, but also works by Thomas Adès and Béla Bartók. We spoke to him about the sound of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, about Salzburg, Krassimira Stoyanova, Anja Harteros and violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

22 FEB 2016

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

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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West Side Story Brings Broadway Musical Stars to Salzburg

8 FEB 2016

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

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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Opera 2016

5 NOV 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
published in: Opera

The 2016 opera programme includes three new productions, two revivals, one re-staging, one revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and three operas performed in concert. The 2016 Festival opens with a world premiere by the British composer Thomas Adès. The Exterminating Angel is the title of an opera in two acts which will also be shown in London, Copenhagen and in New York in 2018, after its Salzburg premiere.

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The 2015 Salzburg Festival in Figures

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:04 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

In order to present 188 performances, this summer the artists rehearsed for 220 days: 735 hours in the drama department, 1,320 hours for the opera productions and 551 hours in the concert department. The costume workshops produced 1,550 costumes. 7,000 invoices were processed by the administration; 1,500 light bulbs illuminated the stages and backstage areas. 48,000 kilograms of steel were used.

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Salzburg Festival 2015 • Concert, Drama, Opera

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:03 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert

Once again, the 2015 Salzburg Festival began with the Ouverture spirituelle, a week before the Opening Ceremony which is dedicated to sacred music. This year, the focus was on Hinduism, and theatre, music and dance forms from the various regions of India were shown at the Kollegienkirche.

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Ernani • TerraceTalk with Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Walter Dobner

25 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:03 h;
published in: Opera

“Today, the conductor and director are often considered completely different, “ the maestro adds. “However, this used to be different, and the conductor was also responsible for the action on stage – precisely because it cannot be separated.”

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Werther 2015 • TerraceTalk with Helga Rabl-Stadler, Piotr Beczala, Barbara Rett

17 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:25 h;
published in: Opera

Piotr Beczala made a dramatic entrance this year at the Salzburg Festival. His first aria in Jules Massenet’s Werther is so dramatic, says moderator Barbara Rett, that it would be the finale of any other opera. On the whole, this opera oscillates between dramatic outbursts and lyrical passages. “Absolutely,” tenor Piotr Beczala agrees. “I was worried beforehand whether the piece is suitable for a concert performance, because the story takes place mainly between the persons on stage.” He adds that he was overwhelmed by the reception the audience gave him.

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