Salzburg Whitsun Festival

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Joy of grief
June 2 - 5, 2017

“Through the prism of poets such as Ariosto and Ossian, I embark upon a romantic dream journey – just as does Alice behind the looking glass. On such journeys through enchanted landscapes, we ultimately, and above all, discover our own selves.” (Cecilia Bartoli)


Where does the Whitsuntide program 2017 lead?

Across a stormy sea to Scotland. Though not to the beloved holiday destination, nor to that Scotland shaped by heated discussion and its search for a modern identity, but rather to a mythical, romantic world of magic. As a Central European, Cecilia Bartoli allows her thoughts to transport her back to the 18th and 19th centuries.


Program Highlights

  • Opera – “Ariodante” by George Frederick Handel
  • Orchestral concert of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi
  • Ballet – “La Sylphide
  • Anniversary Concert for Franz Schubert, Antonio Vivaldi
  • Charity Lunch – with cooking from Johanna Maier & sons
  • Opera concertante – “La donna del lago” by Gioachino Rossini
  • Aria Matinee of Nicola Porpora, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich


To the detailed Salzburg Whitsun Festival programme...




The idea of holding a festival in Salzburg outside of the summer season goes back to one of the early Salzburg Festival pioneers: in 1919 Hugo von Hofmannsthal suggested that the Festival should be held "each year during the summer, occasionally at other times, for example Christmas or during the winter as well as at Easter and Whitsuntide."

In 1973 Herbert von Karajan founded the first Whitsun concerts to meet the requests for tickets by potential Easter Festival subscribers. Three orchestral concerts were performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan each day on Whitsun Saturday, Sunday and Monday until 1982. Starting in 1983 the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was also conducted by other maestros including Sir Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa and André Previn.

Salzburg Whitsun Festival

Guest concerts by international orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the London Symphony Orchestra were added to the program after Herbert von Karajan's death. After 1989 the initial concept of  focusing the Whitsun concerts on works by Anton Bruckner was no longer upheld. In 1997 the "Whitsun Concerts" name was given to Baden-Baden to pave the way for a new concept in Salzburg: Salzburg's Whitsun Festival was born in 1998.
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Review: Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2011

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