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Blog entries for "Opera"

Faust I+II and an Alvis Hermanis Production at the Berlin Theatertreffen

published in: Opera, Drama

( 22 Feb 2012 ) The Salzburg Festival is pleased that Nicolas Stemann’s nine-hour production of Faust I + II, a 2011 co-production of the Salzburg Festival and the Thalia Theater Hamburg, has been invited to this year’s Theatertreffen in Berlin (May 4-20, 2012). The piece will be revived at the Berliner Festspiele – as one of the ten most remarkable productions of the season.

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Cleopatra’s State – an Interview with Costume Designer Agostino Cavalca

published in: Opera

( 10 Jan 2012 ) Agostino Cavalca, costume designer for the production Giulio Cesare in Egitto, was in Salzburg before Christmas to discuss his designs with the Salzburg Festival’s costumes and make-up team.

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The Labyrinth under the Roof

published in: Opera, General

( 9 Jan 2012 ) Emanuel Schikaneder himself wrote a sequel for his masterwork Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), entitled Das Labyrinth oder Der Kampf mit den Elementen (The Labyrinth, or the Struggle with the Elements). Going back to the tradition of popular theater, this composition by Peter von Winter, which enjoyed enormous success at its time, will be presented during the coming Festival summer at the Residenzhof. Our trailer shows how this open-air production is weather-proofed.

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The Salzburg Festival continues its successful cooperation with the Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus

published in: Opera, General

( 14 Dec 2011 ) The Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus has been appearing without interruption at the Salzburg Festival’s opera performances and concerts since 1923.  On December 13, two members of the Executive Committee of the Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Dr. Eliza Marian-Zurmann and Michael Knapp, as well as Festival president Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler and Artistic Director Alexander Pereira signed a framework cooperation agreement for the coming five years.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Sena Jurinac

published in: Opera, General

( 23 Nov 2011 ) “Sena Jurinac gave the Festival magic moments for which both audiences and critics celebrated her in equal measure” – with these words, Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler expressed her sadness at the passing of this wonderful singer. In Salzburg during the post-war period, she was among the artists who gave the Festival its outstanding international reputation.

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1 Million Dollars for the ZAUBERFLÖTE (MAGIC FLUTE) on Period Instruments

published in: Opera, General

( 16 Nov 2011 ) This is the wonderful result of the fundraising campaign of the American Friends of the Salzburg Festival in New York. This project was taken on by the Salzburg Festival Society represented by Gerhard Andlinger and Isabelle Harnoncourt two months after the nomination of Artistic Director Alexander Pereira in 2009.

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Grand Theatrical Magic – The Program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

( 11 Nov 2011 ) On November 11, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira and Director of Drama Sven-Eric Bechtolf unveiled the eagerly anticipated program of the next Salzburg Festival, together with President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The new artistic leadership team presents new productions of classics of opera and literature, numerous world premieres and several innovations.

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Alexander Pereira begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the Festival, Sven-Eric Bechtolf is the new Director of Drama

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, Whitsun, General

( 1 Oct 2011 ) Since today, October 1, 2011, Alexander Pereira is the new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival. At the same time, Sven-Eric Bechtolf becomes Director of Drama at the Salzburg Festival. President Helga Rabl-Stadler will continue to be responsible for the business agenda of the Festival. On November 11, the new Directorate will introduce the audience to the program of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

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The Final Chapter

by Matthias Jakisic  08:24 h;
published in: Opera, General

( 30 Aug 2011 ) The time has come. It’s the big finish, the grand finale, the end. I want to say thank you to Salzburg, the Festival, the cast and crew of Così, and all you brave readers out there for a great summer. As I sit here in my attic apartment, in a full-body sweat with fans blasting to no avail, I can’t help but wish we had more time together. 

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Attack of the pineapple juice: a cautionary tale

by Matthias Jakisic  19:00 h;
published in: Opera, General

( 20 Aug 2011 ) While I am prone to stay indoors and enjoy the rainy weather, much has happened: Most recently, I had a crisis with my computer. In a bout of clumsiness, I spilt pineapple juice over my laptop. As a laptop is an important piece of equipment for any international traveler, I quickly decided this was a mistake and followed the “Dang, I’ve Just Murdered My Laptop With Liquid” panic list.

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