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A Glimpse of the Final Rehearsals for the New “Jedermann”

17 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:38 h;
published in: Drama

How does one approach a work with such a long tradition as Jedermann? The two directors Julian Crouch and Brian Mertes have sought their very own path to realising the mystery play on Cathedral Square, inspired both by the past and the future. The production of their predecessor Christian Stückl was seen for eleven years on Cathedral Square. With their version, the directing duo from the USA and England want to return to the roots.

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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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Free Rides to the Salzburg Festival!

12 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:48 h;
published in: General

We are counting down the days and the Salzburg Festival is right around the corner. And we’ll tell you the easiest way to get to the performance venue of your choice: the best idea is to leave the car at home, avoiding traffic jams and the search for a parking spot, and instead taking public transport – get to your Festival performance relaxed and ready! For once again, your Festival tickets are valid for free transportation within the City of Salzburg.

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Festival Ball 2013 • The Debutantes' Auditions

9 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:46 h;
published in: Festival Ball

Auditions, tailored costumes, fittings and an intensive week of rehearsals... For the debutantes, the preparations for the festive opening of the Second Salzburg Festival Ball on Saturday, August 13, at the Felsenreitschule are not so very different from those of our performers in the opera or theatre productions. The only difference is that they are not professional dancers, but 120 young ladies and gentlemen, most of whom are incredibly nervous and excited before their great moment in the spotlight. Many of them – some of them have just graduated from secondary school – will be opening a ball for the first time.

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MONTBLANC & SALZBURG FESTIVAL YOUNG DIRECTORS PROJECT 2013

21 JUN 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:46 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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Brian Mertes and Julian Crouch about the new production "Jedermann"

7 JUN 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:15 h;
published in: Drama

Ideally we would like to be able to meet each of you in person in order to tell you what Jedermann means to us and how we are approaching our production. However, as our rehearsals have now begun and these are demanding our full attention, we regret that this will simply not be possible. We therefore hope that this will offer you some insight into what we are doing.

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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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