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Salzburg Whitsun Festival

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May 22 - 25, 2015

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.
 

2015 Salzburg Whitsun Festival - "I pray to the almighty gods"

Cecilia Bartoli will use "I pray to the almighty gods" as the motto for her fourth Whitsun Festival. The operas, concerts, plays, ballet and marionette theater performances and films will focus on Greek mythology at the 2015 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. In addition to Cecilia Bartoli in the leading role, other famous performing artists will include Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Florez and Christopher Maltman.

 

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Detailed program of the 2015 Salzburg Whitsun Festival

Entry 1-10 of 11
Iphigénie en Tauride

Iphigénie en Tauride

Opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano, I...

22.05.2015, 19:30

opera/operetta

Iphigenie auf Tauris

Iphigenie auf Tauris

Drama by J. W. von Goethe. reading with Andrea Wenzl, Michael Rotschopf, Sven-Eric...

23.05.2015, 11:00

spoken theater/drama

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

After W. Shakespeare. Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. (Salzburger...

23.05.2015, 15:00

marionette/puppet theater

Semele

Semele

Opera after the manner of an Oratorio von G. F. Händel. Konzertante Aufführung. Coro...

23.05.2015, 19:30

opera/operetta

Matinée

Matinée

Christoph Prégardien, tenor; Julian Prégardien, tenor; Jos van Immerseel,...

24.05.2015, 11:00

classical

Arias concert

Arias concert

Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Nathalie Stutzmann, musical director; Orfeo...

24.05.2015, 15:00

classical

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ballet by John Neumeier after Wiliam Shakespeare. Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,...

24.05.2015, 20:00

ballet/dance theater

La Lira d'Orfeo

La Lira d'Orfeo

Rolf Lislevand, Theorbo, lute, guitar and conductor; Marco Ambrosini, Nyckelharpa; Thor...

25.05.2015, 11:00

classical

Iphigénie en Tauride

Iphigénie en Tauride

Opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano, I...

25.05.2015, 15:00

opera/operetta

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

After W. Shakespeare. Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. (Salzburger...

25.05.2015, 15:00

marionette/puppet theater

Entry 1-10 of 11

Review: Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2011

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