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A Sophisticated Cultural Experience: Salzburg Festival

Art at the highest level at the Salzburg Festival at Easter, Whitsun and in summer

23 August 2013 Events

Salzburg and the Salzburg Festival belong together. Since Hugo von Hoffmannsthal’s “Everyman” was first performed on the Domplatz square in Salzburg under director Max Reinhard in 1920, there has been the Salzburg Festival. In the following decades it developed into an art festival of world renown, attracting visitors from all over the world with its diverse operas, plays and concerts performed by world-class artists.

The roots of the Salzburg Festival date back to the time of Mozart. Under Prince-Archbishop Schrattenbach, there was a lively if slightly provincial cultural life in Salzburg. Theatre and music were essential parts of the cultural life of the Salzburgians. Musical comedies, church music, baroque festivals, mystery plays and much more were the order of the day. Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father, was the court composer and therefore part of the art scene. The general positive attitude towards art at this time was certainly partly responsible for the discovery and support of Mozart’s talent.

The annual festival taking place at Easter, Whitsun and in summer continues the centuries-old cultural legacy of Salzburg.

The Easter Festival was founded by Herbert von Karajan and is considered to be one of the most exclusive festivals of classical music worldwide. With Christian Thieleman as artistic director and the Sächsische Staatskapelle orchestra it provides a wide variety of operas, concerts and projects for youths.

The Whitsun Festival dates back to 1973 and has its origin in previous concerts hosted by Herbert von Karajan at Whitsun. Currently, the soprano singer Cecilia Bartoli is the artistic director.

The Salzburg Festival in summer shapes the cultural life of Salzburg for five to six weeks every year. It offers a diverse cultural programme with the picturesque baroque city as the backdrop. If they had been around at the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he most likely would never have left the city, becoming the brightest star of the Salzburg Festival…

Felsenreitschule (Rock Riding School), one of the venues of the Salzburg Festival

Felsenreitschule (Rock Riding School), one of the venues of the Salzburg Festival

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Andreas Praefcke
House for Mozart: One of the venues of the Salzburg Festival: from 1925 on, it was the first Festival House of the Salzburg Festival, since 2006 it is called House for Mozart

House for Mozart: One of the venues of the Salzburg Festival: from 1925 on, it was the first Festival House of the Salzburg Festival, since 2006 it is called House for Mozart

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Andreas Praefcke