Salzburg Festival 2013 -
Opera, Drama & Concert
July 19 - September 01, 2013
The Salzburg Festival will focus on Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner in 2013, two composers who would have celebrated their 200th birthday in 2013. The Salzburg Festival will kick off with the Ouverture spirituelle on July 19, 2013; the ceremonial act for the opening will take place on July 26. The Salzburg Festival will continue until September 1st and come to a close with the second Festival Ball. A total of 220 events will be held at 14 different venues during the 45-day Festival.
In 2013 the opera spotlight will be on Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, masters of the music drama. Verdi's opera, Giovanna d’Arco, will have Anna Netrebko singing the leading role next to Fabio Sartori, Plácido Domingo and Roberto Tagliavini. Wagner's Rienzi will be performed by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra conducted by Philippe Jordan, Verdi's Nabucco by the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma conducted by Riccardo Muti. In addition to these earlier works, three later works will also be staged, i.e. Verdi's Don Carlo and Falstaff and Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. All three will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Here is an overview of the full opera program 2013
Julian Crouch, the English stage designer and director and Brian Mertes, the American theater director, will be in charge of this year's new Jedermann production. The leading role will be played by Cornelius Obonya with Brigitte Hobmeier as his mistress. Friedrich Schiller's Jungfrau von Orleans, directed by Michael Thalheimer, will premiere at the State Theater. Johann Nestroy's musical extravaganza, Der böse Geist Lumpazivagabundus, directed by Matthias Hartmann as a co-production with the Vienna Burgtheater, will be staged on Perner Island in Hallein. William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be premiered in the Residence courtyard, recently rediscovered as a wonderful theater venue.
Here is an overview of the full drama program 2013
Nikolaus Harnoncourt will open the Ouverture spirituelle this summer, contrasting sacred works by Christian composers with the rich tradition of Buddhist liturgies. Harrison Birtwistle will be the main composer in the Salzburg contemporary series, with six works on the concert program. The second focus will be on contemporary and new music from Japan. A very special listening experience will be offered by the visionary El Sistema project, featuring 1,400 children and teenagers performing colorful symphonic and choral concerts for the first time outside of Venezuela.
Here is an overview of the full concert program 2013
2013 program for children and teenagers
Children, teenagers and families can look forward to a separate children/youth program during the Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg Festival program has placed a focus on working with the younger generation since the 2008 season. In 2013 two of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera masterpieces will be performed in a shorter, adapted version easily understood by children - "Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder" and "Die Zauberflöte für Kinder." Families can also opt to take part in a public rehearsal or opera camps.
Here is an overview of the full program for children and teenagers 2013