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Salzburg Festival 2018

20 July – 30 August 2018
Fans of the Salzburg Festival can look forward to an exquisite summer under the direction of Markus Hinterhäuser. Mozart, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, the Vienna Philharmonic and Tobias Moretti in the main ‘Everyman’ role are just some examples of the immense variety on show. There are 206 performances to look forward to during the 42-day event!

A Superlative Programme of Operas

In 2018 we raise the curtain on the 98th edition of the famous Salzburg Summer Festival which takes place from the 20th July until the 30th August. World-famous artists from around the globe gather to thrill celebrity guests, tourists and locals alike. In five restaged operas and plays, and in numerous concerts, Markus Hinterhäuser portrays the multifaceted nature of emotional power using the central themes of passion, desire and ecstasy.

A Superlative Programme of Operas

Five new productions of older works, two concerts and the reintroduction of the ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’ opera from the Salzburg Whitsuntide Festival, ensure the Summer Festival will be an occasion of peerless pleasure. The central cultural event of the summer opens with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. Without doubt ‘Salome’ by Richard Strauss will be one of the undisputed of the highlights festival. Franz Welser-Möst is to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the Felsenreitschule and the stage production directed by Romeo Castellucci.

A Selection of the Best Plays and Concerts Ahead

Bettina Hering is responsible for the theatrical shows during the festival and is sending out a powerful signal with four new stage versions, a return of the restaged ‘Everyman’ play, as well as drama investigations and readings. Nor is the charismatic radiance of festival concerts in 2018 in any doubt, as the programme includes the ‘Ouverture Spirituelle’, a guest orchestra - the Vienna Philharmonic, and a wide range of chamber concerts.

Tobias Moretti in the World-Famous ‘Everyman’ role

What would the festival be without Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s famous stage play ‘Everyman’? The play has been performed here over 650 times in almost a century and is considered the Salzburg Festival’s flagship event. This year the festival director is aiming to guarantee continuity. The popular 2017 reworking of the play featuring Tobias Moretti and Stefanie Reinsberger in the main roles is back again in 2018. The new musical director, Wolfgang Mitterer, has been introduced to infuse the stage classic with fresh sonorous input.

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