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Salzburg Easter Festival

Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz 9
5020 Salzburg
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About the Easter Festival
Operas & Concerts

March 19 - 28, 2016

The Salzburg Easter Festival was established in 1967 and is held every year during Easter. The main emphasis is upon concerts and operas.

 

Othello: Operatic highlight of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2016

The centre of attention at the 2016 Easter Festival will be claimed by Othello - the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Christian Thielemann has been appointed musical director, Vincent Boussard is responsible for show production, and Vincent Lemaire for stage design and scenery. The costumes are being created by Christian Lacroix, a world famous fashion designer.

 

The tenor Johan Botha can be seen in the title role. The soprano Dorothea Röschmann plays Desdemona.

 

Stage premiere of the commissioned work: "For Women from Shakespeare"

Two chamber concert programmes at the Easter Festival are to feature a new work. The German composer Manfred Trojahn has composed a new piece for a soprano and a chamber music ensemble.

 

The cycle ‘Four Women from Shakespeare’ deals with four characters created by William Shakespeare. In performing all four roles, the singer Juliane Banse will be expected to show absolute mastery of the skills of transformation. She plays Titania from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Juliet’s encounter with Romeo, the traumatised Ophelia, and finally Lady Macbeth. Musical accompaniment for the soprano is provided by the Saxony Staatskapelle Dresden.

 

 

PROGRAMM

 

 
The Salzburg Easter Festival was founded by Herbert von Karajan in 1967 as a means of expanding the traditional Salzburg Festival in July and August. The Easter Festival rapidly grew to become an exclusive and artistically brilliant festival. Elaborate new opera productions and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's extensive orchestral repertoire contributed to the Salzburg Easter Festival's renown from the very beginning. Herbert von Karajan's fundamental idea was to expand upon the festival concept in Salzburg, although the Easter Festival was never intended to be an offshoot of the Salzburg Festival in summer but a festival that would develop its own personal profile. This was facilitated by first-class directors, high-caliber artists and elaborate productions.

The Salzburg Easter Festival today
The Festival begins each year on the Saturday before Palm Sunday with an opera premiere and ends on Easter Monday, when the opera is traditionally performed a second time. In between there are scheduled six evenings with concerts of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the choir "Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks".  This year, Christian Thielemann debuts as new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival. oNce, Christian Thielemann was amusical assistant of Herbert von Karajan, now the maestro has succeeded Sir Simon Rattle in this responsible position.
Entry 1-10 of 11
Otello

Otello

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatopernchor...

19.03.2016, 18:00

opera / operetta

Orchestral concert

Orchestral concert

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Buchbinder, piano; Vladimir Jurowski,...

20.03.2016, 19:00

classical

Orchestral concert

Orchestral concert

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lynn Harrell,...

21.03.2016, 19:00

classical

Chamber concert

Chamber concert

Musiker der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden, Juliana Banse, soprano; Manfred...

22.03.2016, 15:00

classical

Choral concert

Choral concert

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Christian...

22.03.2016, 19:00

classical

Concert for Salzburg

Concert for Salzburg

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann, conductort; Carl Maria von...

23.03.2016, 18:00

classical

Choral concert

Choral concert

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Christian...

25.03.2016, 19:00

classical

Chamber concert

Chamber concert

Musiker der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden, Juliana Banse, soprano; Herbert Schuch,...

26.03.2016, 15:00

classical

Orchestral concert

Orchestral concert

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Buchbinder, piano; Vladimir Jurowski,...

26.03.2016, 19:00

classical

Otello

Otello

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatopernchor...

27.03.2016, 17:00

opera / operetta

Entry 1-10 of 11
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