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The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dreseden at the Large Festival Hall during the Easter Festival Salzburg | © Matthias Creutzinger

Salzburg Easter Festival

13 – 22 April 2019

The Salzburg Easter Festival was founded in 1967 by Herbert von Karajan.

The Founding of the Salzburg Easter Festival

The Salzburg Easter Festival was founded in 1967 by Herbert von Karajan, conceived as a complement to the Salzburg Festival which takes place in August. The Easter Festival quickly established itself as an exclusive and artistically brilliant event. Herbert von Karajan’s underlying idea behind founding the Easter Festival was to further foster the festival concept in and for Salzburg. That said, the Easter Festival never saw itself merely as an offshoot of the Salzburg Festival in summer, wanting instead to develop a profile that was uniquely its own. And it succeeded, thanks to first-class directors, top-caliber 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 2019

Richard Wagner’s opera “The Mastersingers of Nuremberg” will be the central work in the program of Salzburg Easter Festival 2019. The artistic director of the Easter Festival, Christian Thielemann, will conduct the opera. German operatic and theatrical director Jens-Daniel Herzog will assume the directing duties. Interesting fact: This new production of “The Mastersingers of Nuremberg” is a coproduction with Semperoper Dresden, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and New National Theatre, Tokyo. In addition to this operatic highlight, a variety-filled concert program is certain to excite music lovers from around the world. Browse further details in our event overview:

Introductory Lecture on "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" 22.04.2019


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 22.04.2019



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

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