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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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First Impressions of a “Young Singer” at the Salzburg Festival

12 JUL 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  16:36 h;
published in: Opera, General

Soprano Theresa Dittmar is a participant in the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival this year. She was born in Klagenfurt in 1988 and has studied both at the Klagenfurt Conservatory and at the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. As part of the Young Singers Project, she will perform in two opera productions: Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Die Zauberflöte for Children. Over the coming weeks, Theresa Dittmar will recount her experiences in Salzburg and at the Salzburg Festival, giving you an insight into the rehearsal process.

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Playful Wit with Serious Undertones in the Salzburg Festival’s Falstaff Production

24 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:00 h;
published in: Opera

The first rehearsals for Verdi’s Falstaff in Damiano Michieletto’s production took place already during the spring. The production has its premiere on July 29 at the Haus für Mozart. With his last work, the almost 80-year-old Verdi fulfilled his own urgent wish to compose one last comic opera. Under this comedy’s playful surface, serious topics like social exclusion, age and ageing are revealed. We offer you an insight into the director’s work – watch our rehearsal video and peek behind the scenes…

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail - from Salzburg’s Hangar-7 Salzburg

24 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:49 h;
published in: Opera, General

The Salzburg Festival and ServusTV present an extraordinary novelty in an unusual venue. The Festival’s Artistic Director, Alexander Pereira, has announced this production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at Salzburg’s Hangar-7 as “an opera marching to a different drummer”. It takes place as part of a live broadcast on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm on ServusTV.

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Storms of Applause after Norma Premiere

18 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma staged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, conducted by Giovanni Antonini with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role: all this and more made the audience’s hearts beat quicker at yesterday’s Norma premiere! The guests thanked the artists and team with extensive applause between scenes and several minutes of curtain calls.

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The first rehearsals for Verdi's "Falstaff" in Salzburg

11 APR 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:36 h;
published in: Opera

Anyone walking into the orchestra rehearsal space at Schüttkasten around Eastertide was greeted by a pre-taste of the summer’s Festival atmosphere: from March 20 to April 6, the first rehearsals for Verdi’s Falstaff took place here for the premiere on July 29 at the Haus für Mozart. Before rehearsals resume at the end of June, the Italian stage director Damiano Michieletto also makes his debut at La Scala Milan with Un ballo in maschera – making this a Verdi year for him too.

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Intriguing Insights into the Production of "Lucio Silla"

1 APR 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:44 h;
published in: Opera

Lucio Silla relates the story of the dictatorship of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, a consul of the late Roman Republic, and his historically verified resignation. Together with his librettist Giovanni de Gamerra, the 16-year-old Wolfgang A. Mozart portrayed one of the most controversial and presumably most widely hated personalities in history.
You now have the opportunity to look behind the scenes, getting a first-hand look at the rehearsal progress and hearing what music director Marc Minkowski and stage director Marshall Pynkoski have to say about their work on the new production of this opera.

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Mozart’s Lucio Silla as a Musical Herald of the 2013 Festival Summer

24 JAN 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:07 h;
published in: Opera

Lucio Silla marks the fascinating point at which the child prodigy Mozart transformed himself into a mature composer. After Mitridate and Ascanio in Alba, this opera was his third commission from Milan – at the age of only 16. The co-production with the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has its premiere today as part of the Mozart Week and will be presented at the Salzburg Festival starting on July 27, 2013.

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Hangar-7 • A Very Special Opera Experience

7 JAN 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:55 h;
published in: Opera

On August 26, Hangar-7 at the Salzburg Airport will be transformed into an event location resounding with culture, when Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, produced especially for TV viewers in coproduction with ServusTV, is broadcast live from there.

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