Salzburg Whitsun Festival
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.
- 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
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.