Download: Youth Programme 2014

Special Offer for School Classes in June

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. Thus, visitors of our exhibit become contemporary witnesses within a staged and conceptualised space of knowledge in which the context of cultural history is recreated and thus becomes a sensual experience.

School classes (from 10 years or Grade 5 up) and groups of students are very cordially invited to visit and participate in an interactive free guided tour of the exhibition! (Reservation necessary without exception)

Wednesday, June 11 to Friday, June 27, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (except public holidays)

Exhibition space at the Schüttkasten (Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz 11, 5020 Salzburg).
The exhibition space has barrier-free access.

Registration and further information about this offer via jugend@salzburgfestival.at
(registration urgently required until May 5, 2014)

Further information about the exhibit is available here

Opera Performances for Children

For our youngest audiences – as well as for their adult companions – we have two operatic masterpieces in this year’s repertory. Both works will be shortened to around seventy minutes each and we guarantee that they will be easy to understand. The main parts are cast with singers from the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, who tell their exciting stories in spoken dialogue interspersed with their most beautiful arias, which they sing to an orchestral accompaniment and with dazzling stage effects. This is the ideal starting point for any family wanting to delve more deeply into the fascinating world of opera!

Age: from ca. 4 upwards
Language: German
Duration: ca. 70 minutes
Admission € 36,-
Children & Youth € 21,-
Performance space: Main Auditorium of the University

Opera Introductions for Children

Fun and Games with Rossini and Mozart

The performances of both of this year’s children’s operas will be preceded by fully staged introductory workshops. Monika Sigl-Radauer will introduce you to the world of opera and explain the onstage action to you in a creative and playful way.

Age: from ca. 4 upwards
Language: German
Duration: ca. 75 minutes
Admission: € 5,-

Opera introductions for Children, Youths and their Families to Il Trovatore and Fierrabras • Final Performances for the Opera Camps

Do you know the operas Il trovatore and Fierrabras? The children and young people who attend our two one-week opera camps will present them in versions of their own. After they have spent a week exploring the music, plot, characters and emotions of these two works, they will present onstage all those elements that have impressed them the most or that have moved them and caused them to marvel. As musicians, singers, actors and set designers, they will reduce both operas to their essentials, allowing you to form a lasting impression of them in the shortest possible time.

Age: from 9 upwards
Language: German
Duration: ca. 1 hour
Free admission

Spatzenmesse • Children’s Choir and Children’s Orchestra 
For the whole family

Any little birdie will tell you: 

the Mozart Children’s Orchestra and the Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor are giving their first joint concert! The choir, conducted by Wolfgang Götz, has been a fixture of Salzburg opera and concert productions for years; its members are aged six to sixteen and participate in projects depending on the productions. The Mozart Children’s Orchestra, founded in 2012, is a very recent ensemble, but has already established itself firmly at the Mozart Week Festival and as part of Salzburg’s cultural landscape. Under the baton of Christoph Koncz, the orchestra members, aged seven to twelve, throw themselves into their music with verve, performing demanding orchestral literature and winning their audiences’ hearts with their joyful music-making.

These two ensembles will join forces in two concerts at the Festival. On the one hand, they will offer glimpses of the musical worlds of pure orchestral and choral a cappella literature. On the other hand, the finale of this joint appearance will be Mozart’s Mass K. 220, the so-called ‘Sparrow Mass’ – and you can be sure that those little birdies will fill the Kollegienkirche with chirping, trills, music and song!

Duration: ca. 1 hour
Admission € 26,-
Children & Youths € 11,-

Opera Camps for Children and Youths

In cooperation with the Wiener Philharmoniker and with financial support from the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF)

No matter whether or not you have already seen and heard an opera, our opera camps will open up the world of opera for you, and we shall then see whether you can resist the magic allure of Wagner, Mozart, Puccini and all the rest of them. Let us talk you into taking part in this experiment!

You will meet children and young people from all over the world, all of whom love music as much as you do. Working together, you will examine one of the operas in the Salzburg Festival repertory at Schloss Arenberg: you will discover the music and plot as well as the characters and their emotions by acting, singing and dancing yourselves and by helping to design and build the sets. Professionals will help you to create a miniature opera of your own. In order to inspire you, you will also be invited to attend a rehearsal of your opera in the Festspielhaus, where you will be able to go backstage. And then your big moment will come, when members of the Vienna Philharmonic coach you all and you take part in our final public performance.

We look forward to seeing you there.

I. Trovatore-Camp

on the opera Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
For teenagers aged 13 to 17

Monday, August 4 to Sunday, August 10, 2014 (6 nights)
Fees*: € 430,- each (Siblings pay each € 410,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Sunday, August 10 / 11:00 am / Große Universitätsaula

II. Fierrabras-Camp

on the opera Fierrabras by Franz Schubert
For children aged 9 to 12

Sunday, August 10 to Sunday, August 17, 2014 (7 nights)
Fees*: € 465,- each (Siblings pay each € 445,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Sunday, August 17 / 04:00 pm / Große Universitätsaula

No more applications possible.

* The participation fee includes workshops, rehearsal visits, room and board, leisure time activities, and the camp DVD. Bursaries are available for participants from low-income families.

All links to Programme for Children and Teenagers 2014



From 2008 on, working for and with the younger generation is one of the focal points of the Salzburg Festival program. Everybody complains that parents and schools are failing to educate children and teenagers about and for art. Many lament that the “event” is the only thing that counts these days. Others despair because the so-called “high culture” seems to be aging with its audiences. The Festival, however, will take action. On the one hand, we will actively promote young artists – our most spectacular project is the Young Singers Project. On the other hand, we want to cultivate a new audience. Youth camps, affordable youth tickets, student projects and accompanying events specifically aimed at younger audiences are meant to inspire and develop their joy and understanding of music.