Blog entries

Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013 - Three finalists have been announced

30 JAN 2013

published in: Concert

Out of 82 applicants, including 11 women, the jury of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” chaired by Ingo Metzmacher has selected three conductors: the 29-year old Antonio Méndez from Spain, the 23-year old Ben Gernon from Great Britain and 23-year old Yu Lu from China. The three finalists will present themselves to the public on May 10, 11 and 12 during the Award Concert Weekend.

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Mozart’s Lucio Silla as a Musical Herald of the 2013 Festival Summer

24 JAN 2013

published in: Opera

Lucio Silla marks the fascinating point at which the child prodigy Mozart transformed himself into a mature composer. After Mitridate and Ascanio in Alba, this opera was his third commission from Milan – at the age of only 16. The co-production with the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has its premiere today as part of the Mozart Week and will be presented at the Salzburg Festival starting on July 27, 2013.

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Extend the Ball Season!

22 JAN 2013

published in: Festival Ball

While the season’s complement of balls and dances is in full swing in Vienna, it finishes in the capital on Shrove Tuesday – in Salzburg, on the other hand, you can extend the ball season with a particularly festive night: since last year, the Salzburg Festival has its crowning finale in the Salzburg Festival Ball – taking place this year on August 31. Starting at 6:00 pm with a festive gala dinner at the Archiepiscopal Residence, it continues with a ceremonious march to the Felsenreitschule, where the official ball opens at 9:30 pm with the dance of 60 debutante couples. Furthermore, the event features a concert by some of the Festival’s exclusive stars.

Join us as we celebrate the highlight of the Festival, watch the debutantes glide through their opening dance and enjoy the wonderful backdrop of the Felsenreitschule – all through an unforgettably festive night!

Further information on the Second Festival Ball may be found in the following folder:

Simon Schwarz plays the Devil in the new production of Jedermann

18 JAN 2013

published in: Drama

The Austrian actor Simon Schwarz will be the new Devil on Cathedral Square when Jedermann takes the stage this summer. In the new production by Julian Crouch and Brian Mertes, Simon Schwarz will join Cornelius Obonya in the title role, Brigitte Hobmeier as the Lover and Peter Lohmeyer as Death, among others. Simon Schwarz has previously played opposite Cornelius Obonya in Kottan ermittelt – Rien ne va plus and in the film adaptation of the mystery Die Mutprobe by Lisa Lercher, among others.

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Hangar-7 • A Very Special Opera Experience

7 JAN 2013

published in: Opera

On August 26, Hangar-7 at the Salzburg Airport will be transformed into an event location resounding with culture, when Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, produced especially for TV viewers in coproduction with ServusTV, is broadcast live from there.

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Priority Ticket Orders must be received by January 8, 2013

27 DEC 2012

published in: General

Since our program presentation in November, thousands of ticket orders have reached us. We are delighted at the great interest in the upcoming Festival summer!

You wish to purchase tickets for your favorite opera, a choice concert or a fascinating drama production? Make sure to take advantage of priority ticket orders for your Salzburg Festival events, possible until Tuesday, January 8, 2013. All orders that reach the Ticket Office of the Salzburg Festival by this date will be treated equally when allocating tickets. After January 9, 2013, all orders will be filled in the order they were received. 

Important Note: Your ticket order must have been placed in writing by January 8, 2013. Thus, you can order via our website, via email to info@salzburgfestival.at, via fax to +43/662/8045-555 or via mail to the Ticket Office of the Salzburg Festival, Herbert von Karajan Platz 11, P.O. Box 140, 5010 Salzburg, Austria. 

Peter Lohmeyer Performs the Role of "Death"

17 DEC 2012

published in: Drama

Peter Lohmeyer performs the role of "Death" in next year's new production of Jedermann. Lohmeyer studied acting in Bochum and is familiar to audiences not only from numerous theater engagements, but also from frequent appearances on film and TV, for example in Die Straßen von Berlin and Das Wunder von Bern.

Salzburg’s Mozart Cycle

17 DEC 2012

published in: Opera

Due to the unforeseen situation, we have spent the past few days searching intensively not only for a new conductor for Così fan tutte, but also for the entire Mozart cycle. We are delighted to announce that the original concept – of working with one conductor, one stage director and an ensemble that is essentially the same throughout the cycle – can be maintained. Christoph Eschenbach has kindly agreed to collaborate on this cycle with Sven-Eric Bechtolf during the upcoming years.

Both artists have known each other for many years and are friends. Having heard outstandingly sensitive Mozart interpretations from Christoph Eschenbach throughout recent years, I am convinced that the cycle is in excellent hands. 

Alexander Pereira

The Salzburg Festival Visits its International Audiences

30 NOV 2012

published in: General

“The two most important decisions have been made: the USA have a President again and Salzburg has a new ‘Jedermann’,” thus Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler opened the annual press conference on November 7 in Salzburg with a display of ironic wit. Doubtlessly, the new production of Jedermann in 2013 will be the special focus of the media. In the opera, concert and drama genres, over 250 events will be presented at 14 performance venues.

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Sven-Eric Bechtolf about the 2013 Theatre Program

12 NOV 2012

published in: Drama, General

7359! This is the number which the Goddess of Good Luck makes appear in the dreams of the “dissolute cloverleaf” – a carpenter, a cobbler and a tailor – in order to trick her rival the Love Fairy by making them win the lottery. An evil spirit is at work, preying on young men and leading them into forbidden debauchery, while rumours persist of a comet about to plunge to the Earth. An innocent young French peasant girl is visited by the Virgin Mary and promptly strides into battle against the English. A rich man unexpectedly encounters Death, the Devil and all sorts of other symbolic characters. Two pairs of lovers on the run in a forest find themselves tricked by elves and fairies. A beautiful orphan is pursued by a witch and taken in by dwarves while a computer-controlled arm from the automobile industry develops a menacing life of its own. Such are the remarkable events in the 2013 theatre programme.

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