Festival opening in Salzburg records ticket record

2023-06-23 11:09:54

At the traditional festival opening festival in Salzburg this year, you can finally draw from the full once more. “Not only did a load fall from our hearts, that there were no longer any pandemic conditions and the whole city became a stage once more,” said Festival President Kristina Hammer on Friday at the program presentation in Salzburg. A total of 83 program items await the audience throughout the city of Salzburg.

The tickets for the events on the opening weekend of the festival are traditionally free of charge. But there have never been as many as this year. With 11,000 pieces, the festival sets a record, and the number of venues is also impressive at 31. The highlights are a rehearsal of the new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Asmik Grigorian and an insight into 100 years of incidental music from the “Jedermann” productions. The project fell victim to the pandemic in the anniversary year 2020 and was actually supposed to be a gala event with 100 former actors from past productions. For this year, the musical director of “Jedermann” Hannes Loeschel has taken selected pieces of music and adapted them in a contemporary way.

The entire board of directors is also one of the actors at the festival this year. Director Markus Hinterhäuser will speak together with the new Jedermann Michael Maertens in a live recording of the Ö1 music program “Klassik-Treffpunkt” in the Salzburg scenery, President Kristina Hammer will review her first year at the Festival in the talk, and Commercial Director Lukas Crepaz will give a Guided tour Insights behind the scenes of the festival halls. Traditional events such as the torch dance are also back this year. This also includes a concert by the participants in the Young Singers Project, in which this year 14 singers from nine nations will be performing, who will also have the opportunity to take part in small and large productions over the course of the festival.

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Two special anniversaries are given a program focus this year: Festival founder Max Reinhardt’s 150th birthday and the 80th anniversary of his death. In his honor, Leopoldskron Palace opens its doors to those who are interested, who can take part in readings by the Jedermann actors and special guided tours. There is also a special program for children and young people. In addition to the final performance of the Jedermann Camp, this year’s young visitors can look forward to the dress rehearsal of the German-language premiere of Gwendoline Soublin’s play “Fiesta”.

(SERVICE – All performances are at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at listed, where the free counting cards can also be ordered from July 1st at 9.30 a.m.)

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