The Fairy Queen for Children

The new children’s opera at the 2016 Salzburg Festival is based on motifs of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and takes the young audience on a journey into the magical world of Titania, Queen of the Fairies.
Titania and the Fairy King Oberon are arguing which of them is a better magician. Their fight not only disturbs the action, but also seems to derail the entire performance.
It is only thanks to the forest spirit Puck that the fantastic story about magic and the theatrical art of transformation comes to a good end.
Inspired by Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a so-called ‘masque’ combining poetry, music, dance, costumes and stage effects with courtly masquerade in 17th-century England, Salzburg’s children’s opera introduces youngsters to the world of Shakespeare and Purcell. The Fairy Queen in Salzburg, sung by members of the Young Singers Project, not only reveals the magical powers of musical theatre to children aged 6 and up, but also gives them a glimpse of the world ‘behind the scenes’.

Age: from ca. 6 upwards
Language: German
Duration: ca. 60 minutes
Admission € 36,-
Children & Youth € 21,-
Performance space: Main Auditorium of the University

All links to Program for Children and Teenagers 2016



Supported by UNIQA


Come, come, come, let us leave the Town
And in some lonely place,
Where Crouds and Noise were never known,
Resolve to spend our days.
In pleasant Shades upon the Grass
At Night our selves we’ll lay;
Our Days in harmless Sport shall pass,
Thus Time shall slide away.

The Fairy Queen, Act I, Duet


This invitation to enter Titania’s fairy kingdom marks the beginning of this year’s children’s opera, The Fairy Queen. Thus, we invite our young friends to discover the Salzburg Festival as a magical place where music and theatre can be experienced intensely – and far away from daily life.
Apart from reduced tickets to regular performances for young visitors, it is mainly the special performance formats developed particularly for a young audience which help us awaken and strengthen the enjoyment and understanding of music and theatre: new children’s operas produced especially for Salzburg, the introductory workshops offering ‘Fun and Games with Purcell’, the opera camps we are offering this year for the tenth time in cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic, various fringe programmes for specific age groups and projects for young adults as well.
We also actively support young artists: through our Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, the Young Singers Project and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award – all of which present numerous public concerts and master classes.
Our greatest goal is to enable both groups – rising young artists and young Festival visitors – to meet each other, with unique experiences ensuing: when, for example, the members of the Young Singers Project find an enthusiastic young audience for their performances of the children’s opera, and the young audience, in turn, elicits outstanding artistic achievements from the singers.
There is much to discover at the Salzburg Festival, and we are delighted to present the following Children’s and Youth Programme for the 2016 season. May it bring our young friends joy and enthusiasm for opera, concerts and plays!