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Salzburg Whitsun Festival

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Jun 05 - 09, 2014

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.
 
 
Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2014 as enchanting "Rossinian fireworks"
In 2014 the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg will focus on Gioachino Rossini, again with Cecilia Bartoli as the artistic director. The highlights of the "Rossinian fireworks" will be two scenic operas, opening with the fairy-tale opera La Cenerentola starring Cecilia Bartoli, and ending with Otello, a premiere at the Whitsun Festival and probably Rossini's most significant tragic opera. Both productions will be accompanied by the French baroque orchestra ensemble, Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. In keeping with tradition, the musicians will perform on period instruments.
 
 
Program 
  • La Cenerentola - Oper szenisch
    Jun 5, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. – Haus für Mozart
    Jun 7, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Haus für Mozart
  • Otello - Oper szenisch
    Jun 9, 2014 – 4:00 p.m. - Großes Festspielhaus
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Jun 6, 2014  - 3:00 p.m. - Salzburger Marionettentheater
    Jun 7, 2014 – 3:00 p.m.  - Salzburger Marionettentheater
    Jun 9, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. - Salzburger Marionettentheater
  • Arienabend Franco Fagioli
    Jun 6, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal
  • Klaviermatinee - David Fray
    Jun 7, 2014 – 11:00 p.m. - Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal
  • Stabat mater
    Jun 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. - Großes Festspielhaus
  • Petite Messe solennelle
    Jun 8, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. - Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal
  • Große Rossini Gala
    Jun 8, 2014 – 8:00 p.m. - Großes Festspielhaus
  • Gala-Diner  à la Rossini
    Jun 8, 2014 - 10:45 p.m. - Karl-Böhm-Saal
  • Liedmatinee - Joyce DiDonato
    Jun 9, 2014 – 11:00 p.m. - Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal
 
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Review: Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2011

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