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Cecilia Bartoli about “Romeo and Juliet”

26 MAY2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:35 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  10:20 h;
posted in: Whitsun

style="vertical-align: middle; text-align: justify;">“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  09:12 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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WHITSUN FESTIVAL 2016

The events for Whitsun 2016 can already be purchased online as subscriptions. Individual tickets are available online from October 12, 2015.

Download: Programme Folder Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2016