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West Side Story Brings Broadway Musical Stars to Salzburg

8 FEB 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:45 h;
published in: Opera, Whitsun

The 2016 Whitsun Festival will open for the first time in its history with the performance of a musical. In keeping with the festival’s motto – Romeo and Juliet – the programme features the West Side Story. In addition to Cecilia Bartoli and Norman Reinhardt, numerous great names of the musical business can be found on the cast list. They include Karen Olivo as Anita and George Akram as Bernardo.

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Opera 2016

5 NOV 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:35 h;
published in: Opera

The 2016 opera programme includes three new productions, two revivals, one re-staging, one revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and three operas performed in concert. The 2016 Festival opens with a world premiere by the British composer Thomas Adès. The Exterminating Angel is the title of an opera in two acts which will also be shown in London, Copenhagen and in New York in 2018, after its Salzburg premiere.

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The 2015 Salzburg Festival in Figures

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:04 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

In order to present 188 performances, this summer the artists rehearsed for 220 days: 735 hours in the drama department, 1,320 hours for the opera productions and 551 hours in the concert department. The costume workshops produced 1,550 costumes. 7,000 invoices were processed by the administration; 1,500 light bulbs illuminated the stages and backstage areas. 48,000 kilograms of steel were used.

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Salzburg Festival 2015 • Concert, Drama, Opera

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:03 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert

Once again, the 2015 Salzburg Festival began with the Ouverture spirituelle, a week before the Opening Ceremony which is dedicated to sacred music. This year, the focus was on Hinduism, and theatre, music and dance forms from the various regions of India were shown at the Kollegienkirche.

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Ernani • TerraceTalk with Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Walter Dobner

25 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:03 h;
published in: Opera

“Today, the conductor and director are often considered completely different, “ the maestro adds. “However, this used to be different, and the conductor was also responsible for the action on stage – precisely because it cannot be separated.”

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Werther 2015 • TerraceTalk with Helga Rabl-Stadler, Piotr Beczala, Barbara Rett

17 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:25 h;
published in: Opera

Piotr Beczala made a dramatic entrance this year at the Salzburg Festival. His first aria in Jules Massenet’s Werther is so dramatic, says moderator Barbara Rett, that it would be the finale of any other opera. On the whole, this opera oscillates between dramatic outbursts and lyrical passages. “Absolutely,” tenor Piotr Beczala agrees. “I was worried beforehand whether the piece is suitable for a concert performance, because the story takes place mainly between the persons on stage.” He adds that he was overwhelmed by the reception the audience gave him.

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Iphigénie en Tauride • TerraceTalk with Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Rebecca Schmid

13 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:59 h;
published in: Opera

For Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, their work directing Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride did not start on stage. Rather, they sat down at the piano in an intimate atmosphere and discussed note for note and word for word with the singers. “We want to delve into profound emotions and depict extreme tragedy,” says Patrice Caurier. Especially in Gluck’s case, this is essential – one syllable equals one note, that was the point of Gluck’s opera reform, says Moshe Leiser. “People were to attend operas in order to understand the text, not only to hear beautiful music,” he explains.

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Der Rosenkavalier 2015 • TerraceTalk mit Krassimira Stoyanova, Golda Schulz, Günther Groissböck

11 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:22 h;
published in: Opera

So difficult, so sympathetic, so touching – the language of Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier simply goes straight to the heart, says the Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova. After the huge success of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the 2014 Salzburg Festival, this year she will again embody the role of Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg at the revival.

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31 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:23 h;
published in: Opera, General

One thing was clear immediately when Rolando Villazón appeared today on the Press Terrace of the Salzburg Festival: this would be an entertaining edition of our Terrace Talk series, for the Mexican artist’s temperament is legendary. His eloquence is not limited to words – facial expressions and expansive gestures emphasise his statements.

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Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • TeraceTalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus Skovhus und Wolfgang Schaufler

24 JUL 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  14:53 h;
published in: Opera, General

The Felsenreitschule, that cultic place of power, is a wonderful performance venue for his opera Die Eroberung von Mexico, says composer Wolfgang Rihm. He adds that the space can be partitioned in so many ways, leading to a sound sphere, even a physical sensation of sound within the space, explaining that he designed the piece so that the singers could derive their notes from the sound.

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