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Salzburg Festival: Mozart Masterpieces

From 18 July to 31 August 2014, Salzburg will once again host its world-famous festival. In the few weeks during which the rich, beautiful and socialites meet in the city on the Salzach, quite a large personality will also be ever-present: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Without him, the Salzburg Festival wouldn’t be much of anything...

30 May 2014 Events

Mozart, Salzburg and the Salzburg Festival – if you hear one of these things, the others automatically go hand-in-hand. A tightly knit trio that receives new affirmation each year, none of these can go without the others. This year’s Salzburg Festival is quickly approaching – and naturally, Mozart is once again one of its benchmarks. He represents one of the major signature features of the festival which, with more than 200 events including theatrical performances, operas and concerts, attracts about 250,000 guests from all over the world.

Don Giovanni – the great Mozart opera is one of the highlights of the 2014 Salzburg Festival

Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, this drama dealing with the libertine and womaniser Don Giovanni will be presented this summer under the musical direction of Christoph Eschenbach. "Viva la libertà!" is the principal expression for Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s Don Giovanni. He developed this character as a man thirsting for freedom, freedom in the sense of boundlessness. His antithesis is slavery – and in this context, a story develops whose attraction manifests in our taboo-less, seemingly limitlessly free present. The part of Don Giovanni will be sung by Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Luca Pisaroni will embody Leporello, and the roles of Donna Anna and Donna Elvira will be performed by Lenneke Ruiten and Anett Fritsch.  

Don Giovanni was actually the first opera performance in the history of the Salzburg Festival. It was performed on 14 August 1922 under the musical direction of Richard Strauss.

Mozart matinees: tradition on festival weekends  

Personalities such as Manfred Honeck, Ádám Fischer, Ivor Bolton, Marc Minkowski and Vladimir Fedoseyev approach the great artist Mozart in their own way in the Mozart matinees. As in every year, the Mozart matinees specifically deal with this composer’s music, with performances of such works as the Coronation Mass, Prague Symphony, ballet music from Idomeneo, or lesser-known pieces such as the Serenade in D, K. 185 which Mozart wrote for a member of the Antretter family.

Also: there will once again be a Mozart treat for young audiences aged four and older: a shortened 70-minute version of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio).

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Haus für Mozart – stage of 2014’s Don Giovanni

Haus für Mozart – stage of 2014’s Don Giovanni

Photo: Salzburg Festival / Karl Forster