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To make a passion audible • Interview with Miriam Hartman of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

4 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:45 h;
published in: Concert

What was the most exotic or special location you have ever performed in?
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) has appeared literally all over the world. For me personally one of the most exotic places for us was also the least exotic place for our Music Director.  We performed in a Cricket Club in Mumbai in the rain. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Mehli Mehta's birth. The irony was that the people who had purchased the most expensive seats were the ones who were getting wet, although many of them had someone holding an umbrella over their heads throughout the concert! The soloist was Placido Domingo, and he got quite wet as well!

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31 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:23 h;
published in: Opera, General

One thing was clear immediately when Rolando Villazón appeared today on the Press Terrace of the Salzburg Festival: this would be an entertaining edition of our Terrace Talk series, for the Mexican artist’s temperament is legendary. His eloquence is not limited to words – facial expressions and expansive gestures emphasise his statements.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • TeraceTalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus Skovhus und Wolfgang Schaufler

24 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
published in: Opera, General

The Felsenreitschule, that cultic place of power, is a wonderful performance venue for his opera Die Eroberung von Mexico, says composer Wolfgang Rihm. He adds that the space can be partitioned in so many ways, leading to a sound sphere, even a physical sensation of sound within the space, explaining that he designed the piece so that the singers could derive their notes from the sound.

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Siemens Festival>Nights: The Free Open-Air-Highlight of the Salzburg Festival

24 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:30 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

From July 25 to August 30, 2015, another edition of the Siemens Festival>Nights takes place on Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz – for the 14th time in parallel with the Salzburg Festival. In cooperation with the Salzburg Festival, ORF Salzburg and Unitel, not only historical productions, but many highlights from this year’s programme will be shown over a period of five weeks.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award • AWARD CONCERT WEEKEND

23 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:49 h;
published in: Concert

SWITZERLAND, LITHUANIA AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE FINALE

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, having developed into one of the most sought-after honours for young conductors, is being held for the sixth time. This year, the Award Concert Weekend takes place for the first time during the summer.

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival

22 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:08 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

This year, the Salzburg Festival takes place for the 95th time. Last weekend, the traditional performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, part of the Ouverture spirituelle, and the premiere of Jedermann launched the festival season. The opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival takes place at the Felsenreitschule on July 26 at 11 am. The ceremony will be attended by the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, the Austrian Minister of Art and Culture, Constitution and Media Dr. Josef Ostermayer and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered this year by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Safranski.

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Operas in Concert this Festival Summer

22 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:30 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

Apart from numerous concerts, drama productions and many staged operas, this year features concert performances of operas as well. Werther, Dido and Aeneas and Ernani are three performances worth experiencing.

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Divine Music in the Concert Series Ouverture spirituelle

15 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
published in: Concert

Sacred works by Schubert, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner will be heard this summer as part of the concert series Ouverture spirituelle. The first performance on July 18 features Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung – already an enormous triumph at its premiere in 1799.

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“Those in the Dark are Invisible” • Photography Exhibition at the Foyer of the Großes Festspielhaus

14 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:47 h;
published in: General

“The Salzburg atmosphere is drenched in beauty, playfulness and art,” wrote Max Reinhardt. Behind the scenery of the Salzburg Festival, however, the atmosphere is one of concentration and hard work. Hidden behind the scenes is a factory with only one goal: unique, unforgettable opera, concert or theatre experiences. 

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Angela Gheorghiu and Elisabeth Kulman Replace Elīna Garanča

14 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:36 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

Unfortunately, Elīna Garanča has cancelled her appearances at the Salzburg Festival for this summer, sending the following message:
“Due to personal reasons, I much regret to withdraw from my professional activities until further notice. My mother is suffering from terminal cancer, so I will now stay by her side in Riga. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding in this difficult time.”

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