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Salzburg Festival 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 produc-tions and an extensive array of festivities.

100 Years “Salzburg Festival”

“The whole city is a stage” – this is how the founding fathers of the Salzburg Festival – Max Reinhardt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss – formulated their intentions 100 years ago. Their wishes came to fruition and thrive unabated to this very day: During festival season, Salzburg undergoes a “momentary metamorphosis”, during which international stage stars, celebrities and the elites gather in this city of boundless charm. The Salzburg Festival has long since established itself amongst the most significant festivals of the performing arts worldwide. Its success is based on three pillars: the broad artistic repertoire with a unique combination of opera, drama and concerts, the coupling of culture with holidays, along with the very special flair of UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Salzburg.

In honor of its 100th birthday, the Salzburg Festival will celebrate itself – for example, with a grand “Jedermann Day” on 22 August 2020, on which a befitting tribute will be paid to the play whose first per-formance on 22 August 1920 heralded the day that the Salzburg Festival was born.

The full program will be made public on 13 November 2019.


Kartenbüro der Salzburger Festspiele
Herbert von Karajan Platz 11
Postfach 140
A-5010 Salzburg
Tel. +43662 8045-500

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