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Heroes and Motifs of Greek Mythology with Philippe Jaroussky

15 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:30 h;
posted in: Concert,Whitsun

The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is among the most sought-after singers of his fach. He previously performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012, for example, when he joined Cecilia Bartoli in the production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. This year, he returns for his own aria concert on the stage of the Haus für Mozart.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • An Opera of Enlightenment

13 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:45 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Whitsun

Iphigénie en Tauride, a tragedy in four acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be staged at Whitsun and at the Salzburg Festival in summer. Who is this Iphigénie whose fate inspired not only Christoph Willibald Gluck but also artists like Goethe, Racine, Handel, Tommaso Traetta and Niccolò Jommelli?

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Young Singers Project 2015

5 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:00 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

In 2008 the Young Singers Project was inaugurated, with the goal of enabling young singers from all over the world to further their education on an international level. Like all its other elements, the Salzburg Festival’s education programmes follow the motto set by one of its founders: “Opera and theatre – the best of both” (Hugo von Hofmannsthal).

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TO ERR IS HUMAN…

27 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:36 h;
posted in: Drama

Michael Billington of The Guardian, eminence grise of British theatre critics, is a man who has seen The Comedy of Errors many times. In his view “it almost always provides a great night out.” In England this early Shakespeare comedy with the rather matter of fact title has a reputation as one of his most popular and consistently successful works.  The play premieres at the Salzburg Festival on August 1st, directed by Henry Mason. 

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The High Art of Singing at Whitsun

17 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:12 h;
posted in: Whitsun

Although the relationship between fathers and sons may be rather problematic in the realm of the gods of antiquity, the Whitsun Festival matinee recital by Christoph and Julian Prégardien promises a special form of family harmony.

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“The role is a good fit” – Golda Schultz as Sophie in Der “Rosenkavalier”

16 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:18 h;
posted in: Opera

“That’s the Way to Run a Festival!” was the headline of a major Austrian newspaper last year, on the occasion of the premiere of Salzburg’s Rosenkavalier, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Harry Kupfer. Thus, there are many reasons to experience Der Rosenkavalier this year at the Großes Festspielhaus. One new element of the production, however, is the South African soprano Golda Schultz, and she alone is worth attending the revival.

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The Paramour’s Dresses at the Residenzgalerie

15 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:20 h;
posted in: General

The Paramour embodies vibrant life; she is seduction personified, the vivacious counterpart to the doomed man on the stage. Year after year, no Festival costume has been the subject of more public attention than the Paramourʼs dress. An exhibition of the Residenzgalerie shows the Paramour’s wonderful dresses.

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“Iphigénie en Tauride” • Musical Delight at Whitsun and during the Summer!

10 APR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:02 h;
posted in: Opera,Whitsun

When asked what she finds particularly compelling about the first Gluck role she is to perform on stage, Cecilia Bartoli answers: “On the one hand, it is the precise treatment of the words, or rather the careful balancing of text and music; on the other hand, it is the convincing, human portrayal of a figure who is not a cold Greek statute, but a woman full of doubt and emotion. Compared to Goethe’s Iphigenie, Gluck’s Iphigénie seems more vivid, more passionate, and more rebellious.”

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Tickets can now be bought via direct online purchase!

30 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:48 h;
posted in: General

Starting now, you can secure your ideal spot from the comfort of your home, as general ticket sales for the 2015 Festival season have begun.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015: Three Finalists Nominated

16 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:09 h;
posted in: Concert

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award takes place this year for the 6th time. Once again, the interest in the award has been enormous. 65 candidates from 5 continents and 31 countries applied for Award, which has become one of the most sought-after international distinctions for young conductors all over the world. We would like to introduce the three finalists!

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The ballet version "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is a jewel

12 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:09 h;
posted in: Whitsun

Audiences and the press have never agreed more, and for so long: John Neumeier’s 1977 ballet version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most beautiful works. Indeed, it is an absolute jewel. “Entrancing enchantment, a magical mélange” is only one of the many headlines for Hamburg Ballet Director Neumeier’s smashingly successful production, which has once again returned to the stage.

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Rüdiger Safranski to give Keynote Address at the 2015 Festival Opening

4 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:34 h;
posted in: General

Rüdiger Safranski will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival on Sunday, July 26. “Rüdiger Safranski is the ideal opening speaker for a cultural event which radiates throughout the entire world, but is clearly rooted in European intellectual history,” declared Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler today, Wednesday, March 4.

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Plácido Domingo • Gala Concert Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his Salzburg Debut

3 MAR2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:55 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert

Plácido Domingo has decided to retire the role of Conte di Luna from his repertoire and has therefore cancelled all respective performances in Berlin, Milan and Salzburg. Fortunately, it will still be possible to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Salzburg debut with a gala concert at the Festival. 

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Festival President’s 20-Year Anniversary in Office

26 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:42 h;
posted in: General

Today, Helga Rabl-Stadler has held the office of President of the Salzburg Festival for exactly 20 years. Her current contract runs until the end of 2017, and in her last year she will share the running of the Salzburg Festival with the designated Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser, who begins his tenure in 2016/17. Until then, she will lead the Festival together with the Director of Drama, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, on an interim basis.

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Grigory Sokolov chooses solo recital at the Salzburg Festival for his new live album

15 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:30 h;
posted in: Concert,General

International Release:
January 19, 2015 will see the worldwide release of Grigory Sokolov’s recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin, which was recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 and is being released by DGG as part of the SALZBURG FESTIVAL DOCUMENTS edition. It is the first concert the pianist has permitted to be published in more than 20 years, having signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon this past October.

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A Myth without Pathos

9 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:59 h;
posted in: Opera,Whitsun

What unites Cleopatra, Norma, Cenerentola and Iphigénie? Cecilia Bartoli creates studies of moving fates with passion. An interview with Cecilia Bartoli about her role debut in the title role of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

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The Salzburg Festival in Numbers

8 JAN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:18 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert

Summer 2015! July 18 to August 30! 188 performances! 44 days! 12 performance venues! That is what the Salzburg Festival looks like from a slightly different perspective: broken down to numbers.

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