The famous Salzburg Festival was founded in 1920 by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt and Richard Strauss that were guided by the vision of “the city as a stage”.
The famous Salzburg Festivals offers a more comprehensive program than any other festival from midth of July till end of August. It takes place under the artistic leadership of Alexander Pereira.
In 2014 it pays tribute to Richard Strauss on the occasion of his 150th birthday by performing his “Rosenkavalier” opera. In addition it emphasizes the genius of Mozart with a new production of his opera “Don Giovanni”. There is also the presentation of the eagerly awaited world premiere with the opera “Charlotte Salomon” by the French composer Marc-André Dalhavie, which focuses on the life of the Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon. The festival is famous for having only new scenic productions as Franz Schubert’s “Fierrabras” and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”.
The Festival’s traditional play, Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s “Jedermann”(Everyman), is performed on the Cathedral Square stage as every year and with a cast of prominent stars. There is also a focus on concerts with a series of sacred music, the Ouverture spirituelle, combining and exploring music of the Christian tradition from various epochs with works of the multiple musical manifestations of the world of Islam.
Another concert highlight is the complete performance of the nine symphonies of Anton Bruckner and a complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas on seven evenings. All together the concert program offers 82 concerts at seven venues in only six weeks.
In 2014, the Salzburg Festival offers also many exciting options to young people that are interested in the fields of art and culture. There are special opera productions for children and Opera Camps for the youngest audience.
In total over 270 performances in 45 days are presented on the Salzburg Festival program in 2014 in the opera, theater and concert genres.
Text by Sissi Munz (pub. 2014), FotoCredit © Salzburg Tourismus