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

Salzburg Easter Festival

4 -13 April 2020

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 2020

 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:

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



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

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