Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children
Two masterworks from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operatic oeuvre are presented to our youngest audience members – but also to their accompanying adults – in abridged (ca. 70 minutes) and easily understood versions. The main protagonists tell their fascinating stories in spoken dialogues and sing their most beautiful arias, accompanied by the sound of an orchestra and spellbinding stage effects. An ideal introduction to the great and fascinating world of opera for the entire family!
Die Zauberflöte for Children
Prince Tamino has lost his way in a forest. A giant serpent is after him. Tamino is terribly afraid, and faints. One of the Queen of the Night’s ladies kills the serpent and saves Tamino’s life. When he wakes up to see the bird-catcher Papageno, he is not sure whether he is looking at a man or a bird. Papageno brags about his enormous strength and claims to have throttled the serpent. The Queen’s lady catches him lying …
"Let's perform an opera"
Interactive Theatre for Children
“Let’s perform an opera” – and all the children who have always wanted to slip into the costumes and roles of the most famous opera figures are invited to take an active part in the proceedings on stage. To dive into a fantasy world for a few hours, to sing, play and dance, discovering a great work of the operatic literature along the way – that is an unforgettable experience! And when the young stars participating in the Young Singers Project perform the virtuoso arias of the main protagonists during the workshops, each of which lasts several hours, it really feels like standing on stage with them.
Age: from ca. 5 upwards
Program and dates will be announced at a later time.
Performance Venue: Lecture Hall 101 (of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Salzburg, Max-Reinhardt-Platz, Entrance via Furtwänglerpark)
Opera Camps for Children and Teenagers
In cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic and with financial support from the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) and the Friends of the Salzburg Festival
Do you want to find out how exciting opera can be, and meet new like-minded friends from other countries? The Salzburg Festival’s Opera Camps make it possible! For one week, everything is about one opera. You will hear it performed by the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival and get a chance to peek behind the scenes! The music, the plot, the figures and their feelings are best discovered by playing, singing and acting yourself, and even designing your own sets. At Arenberg Castle, you develop your own opera together with professionals – then the stage is yours! Members of the Vienna Philharmonic coach the ensemble and perform at the joint public final performance.
Once again, the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic present their opera camps for children and teenagers aged 9 to 17. An international team of pedagogues and artists surrounding Hanne Muthspiel-Payer develops various concepts in order to open the doors of the operatic world to children and young people.
“Once upon a time in the middle of winter, as snowflakes were falling from the sky like feathers, a queen sat by a window framed with black ebony and sewed. And as she sewed and looked up at the snow, she pricked her finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell into the snow. And because the red blood looked so pretty in the snow, she thought to herself, ‘If only I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood and as black as the wood of this frame.’ Soon thereafter, she had a little daughter who was white as snow, red as blood and black-haired as ebony, and therefore, she was called Snow White. And when the child had been born, the queen died…”
Stage director Nicolas Liautard creates a sequence of living images in his poetic new interpretation of the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale – body language, light effects and stage sets merge into one magical event, firing the imagination of young and old viewers. There will be no language barriers – the powerful imagery of this performance requires no words!
Children's Orchestra Rehearsal Open to Families
As part of the El Sistema residency at the Salzburg Festival 2013, two children’s orchestras from different countries and education systems meet for several days of joint rehearsals: the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Infantil de Venezuela and the Mozart Children’s Orchestra of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation.
As a state education programme, the Venezuelan Orquesta Infantil offers children and teenagers the opportunity to “get off the streets” and into a functioning social cultural network, thus also developing national self-confidence.
The Mozart Children’s Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation was founded in order to enable young musicians to gain experience in orchestral playing, and to learn demanding orchestral literature – after all, with the challenge, motivation increases – also regarding the cooperation required for such a task. The young musicians are prepared mainly by the very well-developed network of music schools, which already provides individual lessons at the highest level. Mozart’s works, with their much-quoted lightness and directness, are especially well suited for combining these two educational programmes, allowing the participants to throw themselves into the orchestral material with verve and an appetite for playing, succumbing to the connective power of music. The final highlight of the joint rehearsal phase will be the orchestra encounter at the Great Hall of the Mozarteum, to whom all are cordially invited in order to convince themselves of the enormous energy of these young musicians aged 7 to 12, who will be playing with all their heart, mind and know-how.
White Hands Choir – Concerts for Families
The White Hands Choir (Coro de Manos Blancas) was founded in 1999 as part of El Sistema’s Special Education Programme in Venezuela, with the goal of improving the social integration of children and teenagers with various handicaps by having them make music with non-handicapped children.
The choir consists of two groups which have different artistic forms of expression and thus complement each other in a fascinating way: one part of the chorus, consisting of children with impaired cognitive or motor skills or visual impairments, sings, while the deaf-mute members of the choir accompany the singing with expansive, artistically expressive movements – with their hands in white gloves.
The White Hands Choir will give its first performances outside Venezuela as part of the El Sistema residency at the Salzburg Festival in 2013, making two appearances at the Mozarteum, which children, teenagers and adults will find equally impressive.
All links to Program for Children and Teenagers 2013