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To make a passion audible • Interview with Miriam Hartman of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

4 AUG2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:45 h;
posted in: Concert

What was the most exotic or special location you have ever performed in?
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) has appeared literally all over the world. For me personally one of the most exotic places for us was also the least exotic place for our Music Director.  We performed in a Cricket Club in Mumbai in the rain. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Mehli Mehta's birth. The irony was that the people who had purchased the most expensive seats were the ones who were getting wet, although many of them had someone holding an umbrella over their heads throughout the concert! The soloist was Placido Domingo, and he got quite wet as well!

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31 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:23 h;
posted in: Opera,General

One thing was clear immediately when Rolando Villazón appeared today on the Press Terrace of the Salzburg Festival: this would be an entertaining edition of our Terrace Talk series, for the Mexican artist’s temperament is legendary. His eloquence is not limited to words – facial expressions and expansive gestures emphasise his statements.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • TeraceTalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus Skovhus und Wolfgang Schaufler

24 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:53 h;
posted in: Opera,General

The Felsenreitschule, that cultic place of power, is a wonderful performance venue for his opera Die Eroberung von Mexico, says composer Wolfgang Rihm. He adds that the space can be partitioned in so many ways, leading to a sound sphere, even a physical sensation of sound within the space, explaining that he designed the piece so that the singers could derive their notes from the sound.

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Siemens Festival>Nights: The Free Open-Air-Highlight of the Salzburg Festival

24 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:30 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama,Concert,General

From July 25 to August 30, 2015, another edition of the Siemens Festival>Nights takes place on Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz – for the 14th time in parallel with the Salzburg Festival. In cooperation with the Salzburg Festival, ORF Salzburg and Unitel, not only historical productions, but many highlights from this year’s programme will be shown over a period of five weeks.

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award • AWARD CONCERT WEEKEND

23 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:49 h;
posted in: Concert

SWITZERLAND, LITHUANIA AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE FINALE

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, having developed into one of the most sought-after honours for young conductors, is being held for the sixth time. This year, the Award Concert Weekend takes place for the first time during the summer.

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Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Salzburg Festival

22 JUL2015

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

This year, the Salzburg Festival takes place for the 95th time. Last weekend, the traditional performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, part of the Ouverture spirituelle, and the premiere of Jedermann launched the festival season. The opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival takes place at the Felsenreitschule on July 26 at 11 am. The ceremony will be attended by the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Landeshauptmann Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, the Austrian Minister of Art and Culture, Constitution and Media Dr. Josef Ostermayer and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The keynote address will be delivered this year by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Safranski.

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Operas in Concert this Festival Summer

22 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  06:30 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

Apart from numerous concerts, drama productions and many staged operas, this year features concert performances of operas as well. Werther, Dido and Aeneas and Ernani are three performances worth experiencing.

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Divine Music in the Concert Series Ouverture spirituelle

15 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:30 h;
posted in: Concert

Sacred works by Schubert, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner will be heard this summer as part of the concert series Ouverture spirituelle. The first performance on July 18 features Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung – already an enormous triumph at its premiere in 1799.

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“Those in the Dark are Invisible” • Photography Exhibition at the Foyer of the Großes Festspielhaus

14 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:47 h;
posted in: General

“The Salzburg atmosphere is drenched in beauty, playfulness and art,” wrote Max Reinhardt. Behind the scenery of the Salzburg Festival, however, the atmosphere is one of concentration and hard work. Hidden behind the scenes is a factory with only one goal: unique, unforgettable opera, concert or theatre experiences. 

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Angela Gheorghiu and Elisabeth Kulman Replace Elīna Garanča

14 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:36 h;
posted in: Opera,Concert,General

Unfortunately, Elīna Garanča has cancelled her appearances at the Salzburg Festival for this summer, sending the following message:
“Due to personal reasons, I much regret to withdraw from my professional activities until further notice. My mother is suffering from terminal cancer, so I will now stay by her side in Riga. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding in this difficult time.”

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

10 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:10 h;
posted in: General

Would you like to know whether the tickets you want are still available? Would you like to stay up to date for which concerts, plays or opera performances there are still tickets available? With the list of available tickets, you always have the latest information!

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Festival Opening Party • Celebrate with Us!

10 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:16 h;
posted in: General

“On Saturday, July 18, at 10:15 am, the Salzburg Festival begins with a great Festival Opening Party: 73 events at 29 venues. Festival artists such as Cornelius Obonya and Julian Crouch and Festival content from Brecht to Boulez without admission. It is our intention to implement Max Reinhardt’s motto, ‘The entire city is a stage’ – celebrating the opening of the Festival summer with all citizens of Salzburg and our city’s guests,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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How the Swarovski crystals find their way onto the Paramour’s dress

9 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:06 h;
posted in: Drama

Carefully, Nina Fahrbach picks up a sparkling crystal with her tweezers, heating it over a candle – but not too long, or soot would cling to it. Applying gentle pressure, the Swarovski crystal is finally placed on the red silk satin of the Paramour’s dress. Nina Fahrbach is a costume painter; for four days, she has already been working with Kaname Kiyono to give the dress that the Paramour wears in Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann the right sparkle. “It is almost meditative work,” says Nina Fahrbach while she heats stone by stone, placing them on the dress. Kaname Kiyono explains that there is no pattern. It is a matter of feeling which rhinestone goes where.

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For the new production of “Die Eroberung von Mexico”

7 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:04 h;
posted in: Opera

The team bringing Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico to the Salzburg Festival stage is in the midst of its rehearsals. Therefore, it is an unusual occurrence to find Peter Konwitschny (director), Johannes Leiacker (set and costume designer), Ingo Metzmacher (music director) and Bettina Bartz (the production dramaturge) taking their seats on a podium to answer questions from journalists at such an early stage, three weeks before the premiere.

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Back due to Popular Demand: Revivals!

6 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:12 h;
posted in: Opera,Drama

Numerous new productions await the Salzburg Festival’s guests this summer, but there are also some revivals of particularly successful productions on the playbill. These include Der Rosenkavalier, Iphigénie en Tauride, Norma, Il trovatore and Jedermann. Therefore, if you missed a production during the past years, maybe this year you will get lucky and secure one of the sought-after tickets.

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Crime-Solving and Confusion featuring Florian Teichtmeister in Salzburg

3 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:05 h;
posted in: Drama

Dromio of Ephesus or Dromio of Syracuse? One thing both figures have in common: they are both played this summer by Florian Teichtmeister. The Austrian actor ensures maximum confusion in William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Florian Teichtmeister was recently in Salzburg, where the new thriller Der Tote vom Untersberg was being shot.

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Free, Comfortable, Eco-Friendly Rides to the Salzburg Festival

1 JUL2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:54 h;
posted in: General

“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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“Clavigo” with a twist ...

24 JUN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:33 h;
posted in: Drama

With only a few weeks to go until the beginning of this year’s Salzburg Festival, rehearsals are underway at full throttle – including for the production of the play Clavigo. Recently, a video shooting took place for this production of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play.

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MACKIE MESSER – A SALZBURG THREEPENNY OPERA

16 JUN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:12 h;
posted in: Drama

In the new production of Mackie Messer – A Salzburg Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s original text remains intact, while the British composer and music director, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier winner Martin Lowe has rearranged Kurt Weill’s song style, transporting the sound of the 1920s and 1930s into tour own era.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico • Conversations with the Opera’s Composer, Conductor and Director

8 JUN2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:00 h;
posted in: Opera

After the celebrated world premiere of Dionysos at the 2010 Salzburg Festival, this year Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico will be performed. Click here to read extracts from interviews with the composer, the conductor Ingo Metzmacher, who led the world premiere of this opera in Hamburg in 1992, and the director Peter Konwitschny.

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Philharmonic World Premieres Return to Salzburg

27 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:00 h;
posted in: Concert

In the long history of the orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic has given the world premieres of innumerable works. Its concert series this year pays homage to this fact, presenting works originally premiered by the orchestra on the Salzburg Festival stage.

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Cecilia Bartoli about “Romeo and Juliet”

26 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:35 h;
posted in: Whitsun

If Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, was merely a distant, dream destination during my childhood, it was to become a very real place in my teenage years – when I performed one of my first roles – Alboino in Fioravanti’s Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno. Unfortunately, the première was a complete disaster (including whistling, roaring, boos and stamping of feet) for all concerned. Such a disaster, in fact, that my boyfriend at the time – who had just arrived, his chest swollen with pride, from Rome – withdrew his affections from his devastated, unsuccessful little girlfriend on the spot. Whispering sweet nothings on Juliet’s balcony or hiding love letters in the cracks of mediaeval walls were therefore no longer the order of the day – I would have loved to give the faithless creature some drops of poison myself…! In other words, “vendetta alla romana” rather than the romance of Romeo and Juliet!

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Whitsun 2016 • Preface by Stephen Greenblatt to “Romeo and Juliet”

26 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:20 h;
posted in: Whitsun

“In this business,” the great French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about his sex life,
“I did not let myself go entirely; I took pleasure in it, but I did not forget myself; I preserved entire the little sense and discretion that nature has given me, for their service and mine; a little excitement but no folly.”
“A little excitement but no folly”: Shakespeare’s contemporary Montaigne was echoing the centuries’ old advice of philosophers and moralists. The most rigorous of these preached the complete suppression of desire, but most simply counseled restraint: in matters of love, be temperate; keep yourself under control; avoid recklessness. As the well-meaning friar in Romeo and Juliet advises the rash, love-sick young Romeo near the beginning of the play: “Love moderately.”

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Whitsun Festival under Cecilia Bartoli: A Singer’s Mount Olympus and Audience Magnet

26 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  07:12 h;
posted in: Whitsun

With the world star Cecilia Bartoli as Artistic Director, the Whitsun Festival has reached a new dimension. The fact that so many visitors flock to Salzburg at Whitsun to experience Cecilia Bartoli’s energy and her wisely assembled programmes, is a particular joy to me, being economically responsible for this undertaking. Our great thanks go to Rolex, the sponsor of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

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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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