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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013 The 2013 Winner: Ben Gernon

9 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:44 h;
published in: General

Ben Gernon, the winner of the fourth annual round of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013”, will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Felsenreitschule on August 17th. 24-year-old Ben Gernon from Great Britain convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher at the Award Concert Weekend by conducting a concert with the Camerata Salzburg at the Felsenreitschule. “The three concerts had a very high level. The jury decided quickly and unambiguously for young Ben Gernon from Great Britain. His great musicality and his special connection to the orchestra convinced us,” said Jury Chairman Ingo Metzmacher.

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“Magic Flute” and all that...

6 AUG 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  15:09 h;
published in: Opera, General

There we are! The premiere of Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children is behind us and already seems far, far away. In the meantime, rehearsals for Die Zauberflöte for Children have begun. The premiere takes places next Thursday already, and it feels like we’ve only just started. It is a bit of a shame, because rehearsal periods are always a lot of fun and when you know that there is still a bit of time before things get serious, there is time for one or the other little beer after rehearsal. At the moment, however, we really have to marshal our resources, for this week will be turbulent.

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5 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:02 h;
published in: Festival Ball

Apart from the many artistic offerings, the Ball Tombola with more than 900 high-carat prizes is one of the highlights of the Salzburg Festival Ball at the Felsenreitschule on August 31, 2013.

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From one Alpine People to Another

2 AUG 2013

by Raphael Clamer  17:00 h;
published in: Drama, General

I am driving a car through the Salzburger Land, this exceptionally beautiful region. Without a plan, keeping eyes and mouth open, I meander through the Wiestal. At the reservoir I stop and jump into the refreshing, deep-turquoise water; then I continue towards Wolfgangsee, past Fuschlsee (which I really want to hike around one day). Again and again, I stop and have to look at the mountains. I am overcome with a great longing to climb every single one of them and to hike through the valleys. As soon as the rehearsals are over and we are only performing in the evenings, I will assault one hill or the other!

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“Pro Arte European Award” for Maestro Zubin Mehta

1 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:13 h;
published in: General

On July 30, 2013, Maestro Zubin Mehta was presented with the “Pro Arte European Award” of the Herbert Batliner European Institute. The prize is awarded to persons and institutions for outstanding achievements in the creation, affirmation and teaching of Europe’s cultural identity.  

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Honouring KS Christa Ludwig

30 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  23:10 h;
published in: General

Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig, who celebrated her 85th birthday this past March, was honoured with the Ruby Festival Brooch today, Tuesday, July 30, at the office of Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler, in the presence of a circle of Salzburg Festival artists, commemorating her many brilliant performances and her many years of faithful friendship. Other prominent recipients of this award have included Christian Stückl, Norbert Platt, Gerbert Schwaighofer, Jürgen Flimm and Riccardo Muti.

KS Ludwig is currently leading a master class for some participants of the Young Singers Project.

Our heartfelt congratulations!

“I have kissed Sir John Tomlinson.”

30 JUL 2013

by Christopher Maltman  14:21 h;
published in: Opera

“I have kissed Sir John Tomlinson. Many, many times. There, I’ve said it. And, believe me, it’s not something that I had anticipated in my career, even in my wildest student daydreaming days. In fact, this summer has seen a few other firsts for me. My first on-stage decapitation (even if I was a little over enthusiastic on the first night and managed to send the Green Knight’s head tumbling among the double basses), my first bout of cannibalism, both given and received, and finally my first time spending twenty five minutes under a blanket. All operatic milestones I simply could not have anticipated.”

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MONTBLANC & SALZBURG FESTIVAL YOUNG DIRECTORS PROJECT 2013

29 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:15 h;
published in: Drama

The YDP (Young Directors Project) has been an asset to the Salzburg Festival programme since 2002. This successful competition, which each year showcases four young directors and their ensembles, is generously supported by Montblanc International and has become an indispensable part of the summer festival.

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Classy Party Favours for Ladies and Gentlemen at this Year’s Festival Ball

29 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:15 h;
published in: Festival Ball

The guests of this year’s Festival Ball on August 31 may look forward not only to a wonderful programme, but also to very exclusive gifts. The firms Estée Lauder and Rimowa have donated particularly classy party favours for the ladies and gentlemen attending.

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Family Guy Christopher Maltman Sings the Title Role in the Opera "Gawain"

26 JUL 2013

by Christopher Maltman  17:00 h;
published in: Opera, General

The first opera premiere of the Salzburg Festival is about to take place: Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain has that honour tonight at the Felsenreitschule. Christopher Maltman, who takes on the title role in this opera, writes about his time in Salzburg, his work and the concept for Gawain. Find out what Chris Maltman likes to do in his free time and why Alvis Hermanis is the perfect stage director-cum-midwife for the whole thing, by clicking …

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