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Blog entries for "Whitsun"

Cecilia Bartoli about “Romeo and Juliet”

published in: Whitsun

( 26 May 2015 ) 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”

published in: Whitsun

( 26 May 2015 ) “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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Whitsun Festival under Cecilia Bartoli: A Singer’s Mount Olympus and Audience Magnet

published in: Whitsun

( 26 May 2015 ) With the world star Cecilia Bartoli as Artistic Director, the Whitsun Festival has reached a new dimension. The fact that so many visitors flock to Salzburg at Whitsun to experience Cecilia Bartoli’s energy and her wisely assembled programmes, is a particular joy to me, being economically responsible for this undertaking. Our great thanks go to Rolex, the sponsor of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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Heroes and Motifs of Greek Mythology with Philippe Jaroussky

published in: Concert, Whitsun

( 15 May 2015 ) The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is among the most sought-after singers of his fach. He previously performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012, for example, when he joined Cecilia Bartoli in the production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. This year, he returns for his own aria concert on the stage of the Haus für Mozart.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • An Opera of Enlightenment

published in: Opera, Drama, Whitsun

( 13 May 2015 Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragedy in four acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be staged at Whitsun and at the Salzburg Festival in summer. Who is this Iphigénie whose fate inspired not only Christoph Willibald Gluck but also artists like Goethe, Racine, Handel, Tommaso Traetta and Niccolò Jommelli?

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The High Art of Singing at Whitsun

published in: Whitsun

( 17 Apr 2015 ) Although the relationship between fathers and sons may be rather problematic in the realm of the gods of antiquity, the Whitsun Festival matinee recital by Christoph and Julian Prégardien promises a special form of family harmony.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

published in: Opera, Whitsun

( 10 Apr 2015 ) When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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The ballet version "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is a jewel

published in: Whitsun

( 12 Mar 2015

Audiences and the press have never agreed more, and for so long: John Neumeier’s 1977 ballet version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most beautiful works. Indeed, it is an absolute jewel. “Entrancing enchantment, a magical mélange” is only one of the many headlines for Hamburg Ballet Director Neumeier’s smashingly successful production, which has once again returned to the stage.

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A Myth without Pathos

published in: Opera, Whitsun

( 9 Jan 2015 ) What unites Cleopatra, Norma, Cenerentola and Iphigénie? Cecilia Bartoli creates studies of moving fates with passion. An interview with Cecilia Bartoli about her role debut in the title role of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

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Cecilia Bartoli’s contract as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival is extended to 2021

published in: Whitsun

( 28 Nov 2014 ) Tonight, Cecilia Bartoli presents her new album St. Petersburg at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and already it promises to break sales records. Cecilia Bartoli, Helga Rabl-Stadler and Markus Hinterhäuser will take advantage of the occasion to make an announcement which is equally pleasing to the Festival, to Cecilia Bartoli and our audience: On May 21, 2013 Cecilia Bartoli extended her contract until 2016, throughout the duration of the directorate of Helga Rabl-Stadler and Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Today, the Festival leadership and Cecilia Bartoli announce their further cooperation starting with the artistic directorship of Markus Hinterhäuser in 2017.

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