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Romeo and Juliet
13.05 - 16.05.2016

In 2016 the Whitsuntide Festival is to be dominated by the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ theme; a story of an unbreakable bond between two lovers.

 

"Romeo and Juliet" is a paradigmatic example of undying love. The search for the other half that make oneself complete. A love so profound it can overcome all obstacles. That may well be the reason the story is one of the most commonly celebrated themes in the world of art.

 

At the 2016 Salzburg Whitsuntide Festival ‘Romeo and Juliet’ will be read, danced, sung, and even the subject of gala dinners. A new musical version of West Side Story is also an upcoming highlight.


Programme for the Salzburg Whitsuntide Festival in 2016

Friday 13.05.2016    

Saturday 14.05.2016          

Sunday 15.05.2016    

Monday 16.05.2016    

Films on show at DAS KINO cinema

  • Romeo and Juliet by GrancoZeffirelli
  • Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrmann
  • Shakespeare in Love by John Madden

 

 

History

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.
 
West Side Story

West Side Story

Musical vby Leonard Bernstein. Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, West...

13.05.2016, 20:00

musical

Ein zartes Ding / A Tender Thing

Ein zartes Ding / A Tender Thing

by Ben Power. An adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Staged...

14.05.2016, 11:00

lectures / readings

Giulietta e Romeo

Giulietta e Romeo

Opera by Nicola Antonio Zingarelli. Opera in concerto form. Chor Armonia...

14.05.2016, 17:00

opera / operetta

Chamber music matinee Julia Fischer

Chamber music matinee Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer, violin; Milana Chernyavska, piano; A. Dvorák, B. Martinu, P. I....

15.05.2016, 11:00

classical

West Side Story

West Side Story

Musical vby Leonard Bernstein. Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, West...

15.05.2016, 15:00

musical

Romeo und Julia

Romeo und Julia

Ballet by John Cranko, Music: Sergej Prokofjew; Solisten und Ensemble des Stuttgarter...

15.05.2016, 20:00

ballet/dance theater

Choral concert

Choral concert

The Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips, musical director; Thomas Tallis, William Byrd,...

16.05.2016, 11:00

classical

Gala concert

Gala concert

Wiener Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer, musical director; Angela Gheorghiu, Juan Diego...

16.05.2016, 16:00

classical

Review: Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2011

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