table of contents main menu go to contact information
EN language selection Search open navigation
The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dreseden at the Large Festival Hall during the Easter Festival Salzburg | © Matthias Creutzinger

Salzburg Easter Festival

April 4-13, 2020
The Salzburg Easter Festival was founded in 1967 by Herbert von Karajan. In addition to concerts, the primary focus of the festival – which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 – is opera.

The History of the Salzburg Easter Festival

The Salzburg Easter Festival was founded in 1967 by Herbert von Karajan as a complement to the Salzburg Festival in summer, quickly establishing itself as an exclusive and artistically brilliant celebration of the performing arts. Karajan’s intent was to further develop the festival concept in Salzburg. That said, the Easter Festival was never conceived as a mere offshoot of the Summer Festival. Instead, it was allowed to develop a distinctive profile all its own, not least thanks to an array of first-class directors, high-quality performers and elaborate operatic productions.

As the Easter Festival celebrates its anniversary, the focus will be squarely on a new production of Karajan’s personal vision of "Valkyrie". This opera by Richard Wagner was first performed here back in 1967. The stage set created by Günther Schneider-Siemssen is intended as an hommage to the original.

Program 2020

2020 will see a special four-act production of Verdi’s "Don Carlo". The opera will be directed by Vera Nemirova. The cast will also be quite magnificent: including Anja Harteros as Elisabetta, Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo and Ildar Abdrazakov in the role of Filippo II. In addition, the program includes a first performance of a work commissioned from Sofia Gubaidulina: "The Wrath of God". In 2020, the Herbert Von Karajan Prize will be awarded to extraordinary violinist Janine Jansen, who will perform Beethoven’s violin concerto.

Children's Concert 28.03.2020


Don Carlo 04.04.2020


Don Carlo - Overview of the discography 05.04.2020


Chamber Opera 05.04.2020


Orchestral Concert Harding 05.04.2020


Panel Discussion about Don Carlo 06.04.2020


Orchestral Concert Thielemann 06.04.2020


Chamber Concert Haydn/Beethoven 07.04.2020


Choral Concert 07.04.2020


Chamber Opera 08.04.2020



Osterfestspiele Salzburg
Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz 11
5020 Salzburg
Tel. +43662 8045-361

This might also interest you:

Plan your visit

Book guided city tours and excursions in and around Salzburg online:

The many-and-varied cultural events represent the heart & soul of Salzburg. Book your tickets right here:

The Salzburg Card provides you with free or discounted admission to numerous sightseeing attractions, along with free use of public transportation.

Book your hotel room in Salzburg online – at the best possible price!