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SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Positive interim result: increase of 20% compared to the previous year

24 FEB 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:33 h;
published in: General

The ideas of Artistic Director Alexander Pereira are finding open ears. Pereira’s announcement that no revivals were to be shown in the opera department caused a veritable run on tickets. Thus, the number of orders for La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and Carmen exceeded all expectations. Another positive result is the great demand for tickets for the original version of Ariadne auf Naxos, in which Jonas Kaufmann makes his debut as Bacchus.

Many customers are particularly keen on the return of the Residenz courtyard as a performance venue. After the secret winner of the Mozart Year of 2006, Mitridate, 2012 will see Peter von Winter and Emanuel Schikaneder’s Das Labyrinth, the “second part of the Magic Flute” performed under a new mobile roof.

The fact that both Ingo Metzmacher and Alvis Hermanis have found a large community of fans among the Festival visitors with their works is demonstrated by the fact that ticket orders for the premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten has already passed the 70% mark.

As every year, interest in Jedermann is unbroken. Although one additional performance has been scheduled, Christian Stückl’s production, now in its 11th year, attracts far more visitors than there are tickets. Another audience magnet is Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg in a new production by Andrea Breth. 

Irina Brook and her two pieces Peer Gynt and La Tempête, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Perner-Insel Hallein as a performance venue, have become an insider’s tip. Sven-Eric Bechtolf writes about La Tempête: “I was swept away! The tale was presented with such richness in images, poetry and, at the same time, humor. The actors from Italy, France, Australia and Poland are also virtuoso comedians, clowns, musicians, singers and dancers!” The surtitles for these foreign-language performances and the manner of their presentation allow the audience to forget any potential language barriers.

The extreme diversity of the concert program makes it hard for the Festival visitor to choose. The Artistic Director’s new thematic focus, the Ouverture spirituelle opening the Festival, has met with very positive resonance. Like every year, the Vienna Philharmonic’s concerts and the Mozart Matinees with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg are among the concert audiences’ favorites.

The deliberate placement of accents towards the end of the Festival also seems to be a successful concept. The opera program features the late premiere of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten as well as the revival of Giulio Cesare – revived from this year’s Whitsun Festival, where the performances have been sold out for months – with Cecilia Bartoli. The drama program offers three further attractive productions: La Tempête, the fifth project of the Young Directors Project, Hamlet cantabile, and the world premiere of Händl Klaus’ Meine Bienen. Eine Schneise. The concert offerings feature the best orchestras of the world – from Cleveland to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Leipzig all the way to Vienna.

The Festival Ball at the Felsenreitschule on September 1, 2012 will be the social highlight of the social season of the late summer.

Helga Rabl-Stadler, the Festival’s President, said: “It is wonderful that we even managed to surpass last year’s advance sales records. On March 30, online ticket sales begin at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at. These are becoming increasingly important. And during the Festival, it is especially the drama department that benefits from last-minute purchases.”

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