Herbert von Karajan Platz 11
July 18 - August 30, 2020
The Salzburg Festival is the world’s most important celebration of opera, music and theater. In summer 2020, it will mark its 100th birthday with brilliant productions and an extensive array of festivities.
In honor of its 100th birthday, the Salzburg Festival will celebrate with 222 performances in 44 days at 15 different venues. The operatic highlights will include, in addition to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute”, Strauss’s “Electra” and Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”, a number of successful productions from Mozart Week (“The Messiah”, 2020), the Easter Festival (“Tosca”, 2018 with Anna Netrebko in the role of Floria Tosca) and the Whitsun Festival (“Don Pasquale”, 2020 with Cecilia Bartoli in the lead role). For the first time, this program will span many of the top-quality musical events that make Salzburg a year-round festival destination.
As for stage plays, “Jedermann” will once again be the focus of attention – including a big “Jedermann Day” on 22 August 2020, on which tribute will be paid to a piece whose first per-formance on 22 August 1920 marked the birth of the Salzburg Festival. There will also be an extraordinary “Jedermann” reading at the Felsenreitschule, a celebratory performance on Cathedral Square and even a banquet with a gigantic “Jedermann” table extending through the streets and plazas of the Festival District.
The concert program comprises 91 events with a thematic focus on Ludwig van Beethoven, who would have celebrated his 250th birthday in 2020. Ouverture Spirituelle, which has been scheduled during the opening week of the festival since 2012, will be entitled “Pax” – Peace – in 2020, clear reference to the original intention of the festival’s founders to host a project for peace.
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