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 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.
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.
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