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ROSSINIMANIA, Vienna 1822 • Special Exhibition as part of the Whitsun Festival

11 APR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:03 h;
posted in: Whitsun

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. The exhibit runs from June 5 to 27, 2014 at the Schüttkasten; admission is free!

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

8 APR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:59 h;
posted 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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Nestroy Prize Winner Georg Schmiedleitner to direct Die letzten Tage der Menschheit

2 APR2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:31 h;
posted in: Drama

As planned, Vienna’s Burgtheater and the Salzburg Festival will co-produce Die letzten Tage der Menschheit by Karl Kraus. After Matthias Hartmann was released from his directing obligations by the Burgtheater, as reported, Georg Schmiedleitner agreed to take on the realisation of Karl Kraus’ epoch-making work – a director who has made a name for himself with political and specifically Austrian theatre.

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Editorial Rossinissimo!


by Cecila Bartoli

Cecilia, dai!, vieni al Barbiere stasera! My brother Gabriele, student at the Conservatory in Rome, is off for a gig in the provinces, regarded as something of a tedious punishment, and that’s how I, a teenager more interested in Rita Pavone, Mina, Celentano or Lucio Dalla, unexpectedly make my first encounter with Rossini. It is a performance at a provincial theatre in the environs of Rome (maybe Frascati or Tivoli) given by a cobbled-together orchestra conducted by a small, energetic maestro, whose appearance is announced by a huge cloud of smoke and who had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth right up to having taken his place in the pit…

For me until then opera had been mainly Verdi’s melodramas and Puccini’s verismo, in other words the repertoire sung by my parents as soloists and members of the chorus, and which we as children often experienced subconsciously and in a playful way. The great open-air performances of the Stagione Estiva with Verdi’s Aida against the background of the unique classical ruins of the Caracalla Baths in Rome remain unforgettable to this day. We children of course took delight in the elephants, camels and many horses which we regarded as the main protagonists. We kept a close eye on how the members of the “Egyptian” corps de ballet, dancing on points, very carefully manoeuvred themselves around the horse droppings. If one of the dancers slipped during a pirouette, landing with his bottom on a fresh pile of elephant excrement, the evening was perfect for our gang of friends hooting and laughing at someone else’s misfortune…

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