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International Opera Awards – Salzburg Festival’s NORMA wins in the category “Best New Production of 2013”

8 APR 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:59 h;
published in: Opera, General

Last year, the Salzburg Festival won in the category “Best Opera Festival”. Today this year’s award ceremony took place in London, and once again the Salzburg Festival was among the nominees: this time in the category “Best New Opera Production”. The international jury chaired by John Allison selected the Salzburg Whitsun Festival’s new production, Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, as the “Best New Opera Production of 2013”. The International Opera Awards, also known as the “Opera Oscars”, were awarded in 21 categories altogether.

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Artistic Director Alexander Pereira about the Festival Programme 2014

6 NOV 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
published in: Opera, General

Dear, honoured Festival guests!

It is with great pleasure that I present our events of the 2014 Festival summer to you. As every year, we will try to give the most important artists of our time a home in Salzburg for six weeks – in a density that would be impossible to achieve anywhere in the world but in Salzburg. In my view, this is what the fascination of the artistic attraction of this Festival is all about. This summer, we present to you five opera premieres with hand-picked casts. 

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The Vienna Philharmonic remains the heart of the Festival

30 AUG 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:52 h;
published in: Opera, Concert, General

The Vienna Philharmonic has always been one of the main pillars of the Salzburg Festival. “Without the Vienna Philharmonic, there might be a festival in Salzburg, but it would not be the Salzburg Festival.” Clearer words than those of President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler in her interview with Die Presse can hardly be found to describe the role of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Festival.

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Pa pa pa pa ... Pause ...

16 AUG 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  14:52 h;
published in: Opera

After seven performances in a row, we finally have a small break, and we have truly deserved it. The past two weeks were quite strenuous. Now that the Zauberflöte premiere is behind us, we can catch our breath again.

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“Magic Flute” and all that...

6 AUG 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  15:09 h;
published in: Opera, General

There we are! The premiere of Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children is behind us and already seems far, far away. In the meantime, rehearsals for Die Zauberflöte for Children have begun. The premiere takes places next Thursday already, and it feels like we’ve only just started. It is a bit of a shame, because rehearsal periods are always a lot of fun and when you know that there is still a bit of time before things get serious, there is time for one or the other little beer after rehearsal. At the moment, however, we really have to marshal our resources, for this week will be turbulent.

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“I have kissed Sir John Tomlinson.”

30 JUL 2013

by Christopher Maltman  14:21 h;
published in: Opera

“I have kissed Sir John Tomlinson. Many, many times. There, I’ve said it. And, believe me, it’s not something that I had anticipated in my career, even in my wildest student daydreaming days. In fact, this summer has seen a few other firsts for me. My first on-stage decapitation (even if I was a little over enthusiastic on the first night and managed to send the Green Knight’s head tumbling among the double basses), my first bout of cannibalism, both given and received, and finally my first time spending twenty five minutes under a blanket. All operatic milestones I simply could not have anticipated.”

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Family Guy Christopher Maltman Sings the Title Role in the Opera "Gawain"

26 JUL 2013

by Christopher Maltman  17:00 h;
published in: Opera, General

The first opera premiere of the Salzburg Festival is about to take place: Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain has that honour tonight at the Felsenreitschule. Christopher Maltman, who takes on the title role in this opera, writes about his time in Salzburg, his work and the concept for Gawain. Find out what Chris Maltman likes to do in his free time and why Alvis Hermanis is the perfect stage director-cum-midwife for the whole thing, by clicking …

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Final Rehearsal Period for the “Abductors”

24 JUL 2013

by Theresa Dittmar  11:28 h;
published in: Opera

It won’t be long now: preparations are in full swing. The last screws are tightened. Lights are being coordinated. Costumes are being perfected. We have reached the final stretch. Our premiere of the opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder takes place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 and the tension is mounting.

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Happy Birthday, Sir Harrison Birtwistle!

15 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:00 h;
published in: Opera, Concert


We congratulate Sir Harrison Birtwistle on his 79th birthday! Born in Accrington, Great Britain, on July 15, 1934, he is considered one of the most important contemporary composers in Europe today. This year, the Salzburg Festival focuses on his oeuvre in its programme. First and foremost, there is his opera Gawain, which will have its premiere on July 26 at the Felsenreitschule. Furthermore, we present selected Birtwistle works as part of the series Salzburg contemporary: for example at a concert of the Klangforum Wien on July 31, or with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna on August 12, 2013, which will see the Austrian premiere of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.



Comedy and Earnestness at Casa Verdi

14 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  09:19 h;
published in: Opera

In six performances, Ambrogio Maestri will portray the role of Sir John Falstaff in Falstaff, Verdi’s commedia lirica – this will be his 20th new production of this opera! Of course, even in the productions that Maestri has been part of so far, Falstaff was never really young – however, the fact that the subject of age and ageing is as central as in Salzburg is a new experience for him. Director Damiano Michieletto has found his very own way of staging Verdi’s last opera. On Thursday, the press had the opportunity to talk to the artists featured in this production.

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