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Relaxation at the Festival Ball: The Beauty Boudoir

30 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:07 h;
posted in: Festival Ball,General

Not only our Festival Ball debutantes are styled by professionals – you too can entrust your looks to the teams of Coiffeure Sturmayr and MAC Cosmetics, available at our exclusive Beauty Boudoir at the Haus für Mozart. Starting at the same time as the doors open, at 8:30 pm, the stylists are at your service, touching up your makeup or your ball hairdo. After a few rounds on the dance floor, perhaps you need a few quiet minutes – in that case, let your tense neck muscles, your hands or dance-wearied feet be pampered by a massage at the booth of Salzburg’s Institut Hobé from Heidi Steger!

The Intimate Relationship between Word and Note: The Art Song

30 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:25 h;
posted in: Concert

What do Schubert and Rihm have in common, and what does Goethe have to do with it? What is the connection between Brahms and Schubert, and how does it sound when harp and soprano are heard together? These and many other questions will be answered by the song recitals at this year’s Salzburg Festival.

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Katie Mitchell talks to David Tushingham about “The Forbidden Zone”

29 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:04 h;
posted in: Drama

Katie Mitchell is one of the most important theatre and opera directors in Great Britain, having been Resident Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre and London's National Theatre. Her Cologne production of Friederike Mayröcker's Reise durch die Nacht was invited to the Berlin Theatre Meeting in 2013 and nominated for the Nestroy Prize in the category "Best German-Language Performance". In Salzburg she is known chiefly for her highly successful production of Luigi Nono's Al gran sole carico d'amore (2009). This year she directs The Forbidden Zone at the Perner-Insel Hallein.

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Premieres: Excitement among the Young Singers

29 JUL2014

by Wolfgang Resch  08:44 h;
posted in: General,Opera

On Sunday, the moment had finally come! After the Ouverture spirituelle, the 2014 Salzburg Festival was officially opened at the Felsenreitschule. The tension keeps rising, and the Festspielhaus feels like a huge cauldron about to bubble over. Everyone is looking forward to the first premieres. My YSP colleagues and I have also been swept up by the excitement.

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M.A.C Workshop for the Salzburg Festival’s Makeup Artists

28 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:02 h;
posted in: General

Makeup for mature skin is a topic of interest in theatre and opera as well as in general life. The cosmetics company M.A.C, one of the Festival’s product sponsors since 2008, followed an invitation from the costume and makeup department to give a workshop. Kathrin Jokubonis, M.A.C’s training manager, provided a four-hour session including valuable insider tips about primers, concealers, foundations and the right contour effects for mature skin. “Our products were originally designed for photo shootings. Because they resist spotlight glare well, they are also perfectly suited for theatre productions,” says Kathrin Jokubonis.

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Salzburg Festival

25 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:38 h;
posted in: General

The 94th Salzburg Festival began last weekend with the Ouverture spirituelle and will be opened with the traditional ceremony on July 27, 2014 at 11:00 am. The ceremony on Sunday will be attended by Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, Dr. Josef Ostermayer, the Federal Minister for Education, Art and Culture, and Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered by the historian Prof. Dr. Christopher Clark. Read here what awaits you at the Opening Ceremony!

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The Mozart Matinees: A Fixture in the Salzburg Festival’s Concert Programme

24 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:33 h;
posted in: Concert

Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mozart Matinees at the Salzburg Festival are linked by tradition. This year, there are six different Matinees on the concert programme, each with two performances. Conductors include Manfred Honeck, who led the Mozarteum Orchestra this past weekend, Ádám Fischer, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski and Vladimir Fedoseyev – guaranteeing a stylistically rich programme!

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Swarovski provides a New Dress for the Paramour in the 2014 Jedermann Production

23 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:34 h;
posted in: Drama,General

Several thousand crystals decorate the Lover’s new dress in the 2014 Jedermann production. Seductive red, a skin-tight corsage and 32 metres of hemline are the defining elements of the creation. Scarlet-red flowers made of fabric sparkle with crystals reminiscent of dewdrops. In painstaking detail work, the crystals were stitched onto silk satin and silk muslin. 

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A Fresh Anton Bruckner Tradition

22 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:05 h;
posted in: Concert

This year, the Salzburg Festival presents all the symphonies by Anton Bruckner which the composer himself endorsed. Five of them will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, which has dedicated itself to the oeuvre of the master from Linz from the very beginning. Another four concerts bring you fascinating Bruckner encounters with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

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Johanna Wokalek and Marianne Crebassa: Two Strong Women Playing Charlotte Salomon

21 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:40 h;
posted in: Opera

The actress Johanna Wokalek and the mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa embody the title role in the opera Charlotte Salomon, which has its world premiere at the Felsenreitschule on July 28, 2014.  Johanna Wokalek plays Charlotte Salomon, the real person who conveyed the story of her life to future generations through pictures, texts and musical references, and whom dramaturge Konrad Kuhn describes as a “girl with a Berlin loudmouth and an irony bordering on the sarcastic”. Marianne Crebassa takes on the role of Charlotte Kann, the fictional ego of Charlotte Salomon, the protagonist actively involved in the stage narrative. Let us introduce you to this central work of the Festival summer.

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First Impressions of a “Young Singer” at the Salzburg Festival

18 JUL2014

by Wolfgang Resch  16:08 h;
posted in: General

The Austrian baritone Wolfgang Resch was first educated as a singer at the boys’ choir “Wiltener Sängerknaben” in Innsbruck. Even during his school days, he took up studies at the Tyrolean State Conservatory of Music before continuing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2008. This year he is a member of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, and over the next weeks he will report on his experiences in Salzburg. 

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Tasting for the Gala Dinner at Genusswelt Döllerer

17 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:39 h;
posted in: Festival Ball

Some of the soloists of this year’s productions Don Giovanni and Fierrabras were recently given a welcome break from their rehearsal marathon. They were asked to lend their discerning palates to the tasting of the Festival Ball Gala Dinner at Genusswelt Döllerer in Golling. The meal will be served to about 500 guests at the Archiepiscopal Residence on Saturday, August 30, as part of the Salzburg Festival Ball.

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Travel to the Salzburg Festival free and comfortably while protecting the environment

16 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:45 h;
posted in: General

The Association of Friends of the Salzburg Festival supports eco-friendly and free mobility for Festival guests travelling to and from the 250 events. “Once again, we wish to offer all the Salzburg Festival’s guests the attractive option of leaving their car at home and travelling to our performance venues for free,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler declares.

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A Treasure Trove of Background and Backstage Information: The Salzburg Festival Almanac

15 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:08 h;
posted in: General

For the third time, the traditional Salzburg Festival Almanac will be published by the Festival itself. Long coveted and known as a collector’s item, this year’s edition features a plethora of background information on the Festival summer and its productions.

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Festival Opening Party 2014 • Setting the Stage for Music, Theatre, Literature and Dance!

14 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:50 h;
posted in: General

Join Us in Celebrating the Festival Opening Party for Two Days!
The Salzburg Festival opens on July 18 with Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, part of the Ouverture spirituelle, followed by the revival of Jedermann on July 19. At the same time, these two days see the Festival Opening Party take place at 33 performance venues: with over 70 events from diverse genres and many programmatic cross-references, there is something sure to please everyone!

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Lorin Maazel’s Passing

14 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:42 h;
posted in: General

The American conductor and composer Lorin Maazel, born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, passed away yesterday (Sunday) at the age of 84. For five decades, he was closely connected to the Salzburg Festival.

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The Music for Salzburg’s “Jedermann”

11 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:30 h;
posted in: Drama

Sometimes small miracles really do occur on the sidelines of major theatre productions – miracles that are unforeseeable and which one certainly cannot count on, and yet ultimately they give the whole project its uniqueness and its charm, beyond all purposeful efforts. That is what happened during the new production of Jedermann.

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The Festival Ball Patronesses Sample Stiegl’s Specialties

7 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:18 h;
posted in: Festival Ball

Stiegl is good for surprises and treats for the taste buds – that was impressively proven when the largest private brewery in Austria offered a tasting of some of its beer specialties. Its director, Alessandra Kiener, and Elisabeth Gürtler, a member of the Honorary Committee, had invited the Festival Ball’s Patronesses to the Stiegl Brauwelt.

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Public Screening on Kapitelplatz • The Siemens Festival>Nights 2014

4 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:55 h;
posted in: General

For more than 10 years, the Salzburg Festival, Siemens Austria, Unitel Classical and ORF Salzburg have been hosting the Siemens Festival>Nights on Kapitelplatz in Salzburg’s historical city centre. These have developed into an attractive part of the Salzburg Festival summer, widely known and recognised. Every year, more than 70,000 visitors from all over the world follow the opera and concert highlights screened via state-of-the-art audio and video technology for free – often, when premieres are broadcast live, at the same time as the premiere audience inside the theatre!

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The Participants of the 2014 Young Singers Project Have Been Chosen

1 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:10 h;
posted in: Concert

The participants of the Young Singers Project have been chosen. Director Toni Gradsack received more than 350 applications during the course of the past months. Faced with a wealth of choices, he selected 22 singers, inviting them to Salzburg for the summer. Expectations are running high!

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Available Tickets Throughout the Festival Summer – How to Keep an Overview!

30 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:34 h;
posted in: General

You would like to know if you can still secure a place for the performance of your favourite opera? You would like up to date information about the plays or concerts you can still purchase tickets for? Click here to find out the easiest way to stay informed!

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“The Forbidden Zone” marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One

17 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:33 h;
posted in: Drama

The Forbidden Zone is a powerful new work about women, science and war in the first half of the twentieth century. Conceived by the director Katie Mitchell, working together with an extensive team of her regular artistic collaborators, this is contemporary theatre in a cinematic form, with screen images being created live on stage in real time. The drama moves at thrilling speed between a range of locations in Europe and America and events in 1949 and 1915. 

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Third Salzburg Festival Ball • Cecilia Bartoli Sings at the Opening Concert

12 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:33 h;
posted in: Festival Ball,Whitsun

The Salzburg Festival Ball will resemble a glittering fairy-tale for the third time on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The Motto is “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella). The opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, having just elicited wildly enthusiastic reactions from the Whitsun Festival audience, will also be performed during the last weekend of the Festival season. Celebrated as Cinderella Angelina on stage at the Haus für Mozart, an appearance by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli crowns the festive concert opening the Festival Ball at the Felsenreitschule.

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Thus I will call upon all gods

10 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:10 h;
posted in: Whitsun

With her charisma and her excellence, Cecilia Bartoli sweeps audiences, fellow artists and staff off their feet. Due to her plethora of ideas, the Whitsun Festival has reached a new dimension, artistically and economically. Responsible for the festival’s business aspects as I am, of course I welcome sold-out houses. We will be able to celebrate a new record attendance at Whitsun 2014,” declares Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival. Find more information about the exciting programme of the Whitsun Festival 2015!

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Rossiniesque Fireworks Inspire Roaring Applause from Audience • Increase in Attendance

10 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:59 h;
posted in: Whitsun

With cleverly chosen works and indomitable artistic energy, Artistic Director Cecilia Bartoli proved once again that Salzburg is an international beacon at Whitsuntide too, the musical place to be. Within five days, the enthusiastic audience experienced two staged opera productions for the first time: the new production La Cenerentola and Otello as well as six concerts, a gala dinner and the exhibition Rossinimania, as well as performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Without exception, the invited artists created the kind of musical fireworks that a festival requires and is defined by. 

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Presentation of the 2014 Salzburg Festival Editions

5 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
posted in: Whitsun,General

In anticipation of the 2014 Whitsun Festival, Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler hosted the traditional presentation and tasting of the Salzburg Festival Special Editions at the SalzburgKulisse, Haus für Mozart. The Salzburg Festival presented the Festival Wines, the Festival Pils and, for the very first time, the Salzburg Festival Cuvée Brut from the Schlumberger Wineries.

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Cecilia Bartoli as Cenerentola at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival

4 JUN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:45 h;
posted in: Whitsun

The centrepiece of this year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival, which takes place under the artistic directorship of Cecilia Bartoli and the motto “Rossinissimo!”, is the opera La Cenerentola. Directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi, the fairy-tale of Cinderella will appear in a new guise on the stage of the Haus für Mozart.

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Patroness Meeting for the 3rd Salzburg Festival Ball

9 MAY2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:35 h;
posted in: Festival Ball

With its unique 96 arcades, the Felsenreitschule was first used in 1926 by Max Reinhardt for a Salzburg Festival production. On Saturday, August 30, 2014 it will be transformed into a sumptuous backdrop of a ball for the third time already, providing an elegant and imaginative framework for Festival artists and ball guests. As a prelude to the preparations for the ball, on Thursday, May 8, 2014 the members of this year’s Patroness Committee had a get-together at Salzburg’s Hotel Sacher. They were invited by the Festival’s Artistic Director Alexander Pereira, its President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler and the Sacher’s director, Elisabeth Gürtler. The event was given its musical flavour by the young Slovak bass Peter Kellner.

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ROSSINIMANIA, Vienna 1822 • Special Exhibition as part of the Whitsun Festival

11 APR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:03 h;
posted in: Whitsun

This year’s Whitsun Festival is devoted entirely to the composer Gioachino Rossini, whose most important works the Whitsun Festival’s Artistic Director, Cecilia Bartoli, has assembled in a musical display of fireworks. The specially developed exhibit ROSSINIMANIA, Vienna 1822 features original pieces, multimedia image shows, “talking” wallpaper and carpets, recreating the “Rossini fever” the composer caused, like a rock star, among his audience. The exhibit runs from June 5 to 27, 2014 at the Schüttkasten; admission is free!

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International Opera Awards – Salzburg Festival’s NORMA wins in the category “Best New Production of 2013”

8 APR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:59 h;
posted in: Opera,General

Last year, the Salzburg Festival won in the category “Best Opera Festival”. Today this year’s award ceremony took place in London, and once again the Salzburg Festival was among the nominees: this time in the category “Best New Opera Production”. The international jury chaired by John Allison selected the Salzburg Whitsun Festival’s new production, Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, as the “Best New Opera Production of 2013”. The International Opera Awards, also known as the “Opera Oscars”, were awarded in 21 categories altogether.

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Nestroy Prize Winner Georg Schmiedleitner to direct Die letzten Tage der Menschheit

2 APR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:31 h;
posted in: Drama

As planned, Vienna’s Burgtheater and the Salzburg Festival will co-produce Die letzten Tage der Menschheit by Karl Kraus. After Matthias Hartmann was released from his directing obligations by the Burgtheater, as reported, Georg Schmiedleitner agreed to take on the realisation of Karl Kraus’ epoch-making work – a director who has made a name for himself with political and specifically Austrian theatre.

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STARTING NOW: BUY YOUR TICKETS DIRECTLY ONLINE!

31 MAR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:53 h;
posted in: General

Today, March 31, is the start-date for our general ticket sales. Starting immediately, you can buy your Festival tickets online, with the unique opportunity to check the sightlines of your selected seat.

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The Salzburg Festival and Schlumberger • Two Austrian cultural traditions joining forces

14 MAR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:53 h;
posted in: General

When musical theatre depicts the enjoyment of life or love, sparkling wine often comes into play – at least from the mid-19th century onwards. It is not surprising that the love-hungry gourmet Falstaff was drawn to this libation early on. In Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (1849) he sings: „When I was a young boy at my mother’s breast […] sparkling wine was my delight.” The cooperation of the two traditional Austrian brands reinforces the association of sparkling wine and champagne with the cultural enjoyment of opera, theatre and concerts.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns the Death of Dr. Gerard Mortier

9 MAR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:46 h;
posted in: General

“Gerard Mortier was one of the rare artistic director personalities who fought incessantly for the arts and their social importance – not even severe illness could stop him. His death is a terrible loss,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler in a very personal statement about the death of Gerard Mortier, who was the Salzburg Festival’s Artistic Director from 1991 to 2001.

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Winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award • Maxime Pascal

3 MAR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:57 h;
posted in: Concert

At the 2014 Award Concert Weekend held at the Felsenreitschule, the 28-year-old Maxime Pascal from France convinced the jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher by conducting a concert of Camerata Salzburg with soloist Ramón Ortega Quero.
“The concerts of the three finalists Maxime Pascal, Leo McFall and Victor Aviat all had a very high level. After extensive deliberation, the jury has decided unanimously in favour of young Maxime Pascal. His great musicality and his special rapport with the orchestra convinced us,” the Chairman of the Jury, Ingo Metzmacher, said when the 2014 winner was announced. 

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Introducing Victor Aviat, the Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award

13 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:35 h;
posted in: Concert

And finally, we introduce you to the remaining finalist, Victor Aviat from France, who will conduct the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg with soloist Veronika Eberle at the Felsenreitschule on March 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm. He has also provided us with interesting answers to several questions. 

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Questions for the Second Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Leo McFall

10 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
posted in: Concert

The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is Leo McFall from Great Britain. Read here what the finale and music in general mean to him. Leo McFall will conduct the Mozarteum Orchestra with soloist Jan Lisiecki on March 1, 2014 at 07.30 pm

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In Conversation with the First of Three Finalists of the Young Conductors Award – Maxime Pascal

7 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:28 h;
posted in: Concert

On February 28, March 1 and 2, the Award Concert Weekend for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards takes place at the Felsenreitschule. Here, we introduce you to the three finalists. We have asked them about themselves, their musical development, their love for music and the final round they are facing. Three subsequent blogs will give you an impression of Maxime Pascal, Leo McFall and Victor Aviat. We start out with Maxime Pascal from France, who will lead the first concert of the Award Concert Weekend on February 28, 2014 at 7.30 pm, featuring the Camerata Salzburg and the oboist Ramón Ortega Quero. 

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Maximilian Schell

1 FEB2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:33 h;
posted in: General

A world star, a citizen of the world, an intellectual, a philanthropist has died. The Salzburg Festival mourns his passing and remembers one of the very great actors on the world’s stages. Maximilian Schell embodied Jedermann on Cathedral Square from 1978 to 1982. “He was one of the most convincing and best actors in this role,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said. A complete list of Maximilian Schell’s appearances at the Salzburg Festival is available by clicking here.

“The Forbidden Zone” • The Production now focuses on Clara Immerwahr

30 JAN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:14 h;
posted in: Drama

The English director Katie Mitchell has been commissioned by the Salzburg Festival as part of our season reflecting on the First World War to create the project The Forbidden Zone for the Perner-Insel Hallein stage. Katie Mitchell and her writer Duncan Macmillan’s initial inspiration came from Mary Borden’s autobiographical work of the same name. During Katie Mitchell and Duncan Macmillan’s process of research and preparation their interest in the events of the First World has evolved.

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The Salzburg Festival Mourns Claudio Abbado

20 JAN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:55 h;
posted in: General

“For weeks, we have been afraid of this. Claudio Abbado is dead. The music world has lost one of its very greatest. He never sought to triumph, but probably that is why his interpretations became such triumphs. We in Salzburg must also bid farewell to a musician who gave our audiences extraordinary experiences for decades. There are few conductors whose reviews used the words ‘magic moments’ so often. Few other conductors received such surging waves of applause even after difficult works. The Festival is grateful that we were able to have him here in Salzburg. He lives on in us through his work,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said in a first reaction.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2014 - The Three Finalists have been Chosen

8 JAN2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:15 h;
posted in: Concert

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, which has become one of the most coveted prizes for young conductors, goes into its fifth round in 2014. In its fifth year, candidates from four continents showed interest in this international award for young conductors. Altogether, 82 persons applied. Now the three finalists have been chosen: Victor Aviat (31) from France, Leo McFall (32) from Great Britain and Maxime Pascal (28), also from France.

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