Saturday 26 July 2008

The 2008 Salzburg Festival opens today (including information on the opera transmissions)

The 2008 Salzburg Festival 26/7-31/8 officially opens today under the theme "Denn stark wie die liebe ist der Tod" (death is as strong as love). A rather lengthy and (over)-intellectual essay on this subject may be read here (in German). Jürgen Flimm is Festival Intendant.

I will be reporting intensively from the Salzburg Festival, as I will spend most of my summer holiday there (from 17-25/8) hopefully seeing all the operas (with the possible exception of Romeo&Juliette) as well as Riccardo Muti & The Vienna Phil in Ein Deutsches Requiem with Peter Mattei and Genia Kühmeier at the slightly antisocial hour of 11 am...
Finally, I´ll be attending a sort of workshop with Gustavo Dudamel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Símon Bolívar Youth Orchestra.

Complete Salzburg Festival programme 2008

The 2008 operas (with links to radio transmissions when available):

Don Giovanni - staged by Claus Guth. With Dorothea Röschmann, Annette Dasch, Christopher Maltman, Erwin Schrott et al. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
Premiere 27/7. No information on radio transmissions, but Don Giovanni will be transmitted to a giant screen on the Kapitelplatz in Salzburg (free) on 16/8 as part of the Siemens Festspiel Nächte

Otello conducted by Riccardo Muti, staged by Stephen Langridge with Aleksandr Antonenko (O), Marina Poplavskaya (D), Carlos Alvarez (I). The premiere on 1/8 will be transmitted live on ORF and Bayern 4. I am going on August 21.

Otello will be transmitted live on 3sat (August 10th) as well as to a giant wide-screen on the Kapitelplatz in Salzburg (free) on 10/8 as part of the Siemens Festspiel Nächte

Romeo & Juliette, staged by Bartlett Sher with Rólando Villazón and Nino Machaidze. The premiere on 2/8 will be transmitted live on Austrian television as well as on ORF radio, and on 13/8 on Bayern 4.
Romeo&Juliette will be transmitted to a giant wide-screen on the Kapitelplatz in Salzburg (free) on 17/8 as part of the Siemens Festspiel Nächte. Romeo & Juliette is confirmed for DVD release by DG in January 2009.

Duke Bluebeard´s Castle, staged by Johan Simons, conducted by Peter Eotvös with Michelle DeYoung and Falk Struckmann. The premiere 8/8 is transmitted live on ORF. I am going on August 18th.

Rusalka, staged by Wieler/Morabito, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst with Camilla Nylund, Emily Magee and Piotr Beczala. The 17/8 premiere is transmitted live on ORF and Bayern 4.

Magic Flute, Pierre Audi´s production, conducted by Riccardo Muti. From 13/8. No information on transmissions. This production was released on DVD in 2006. I am going on August 22nd.

The complete 2008 Salzburg Festival transmissions from Bayern 4 Klassik may be downloaded here.

Full schedule for the Siemens Festspiel Nächte here.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this very well done site.

Having attended the Salzburger Festspiele dozens of times since 1952, but not for the last 3 years,it's such a joy to now have these programs on the internet, and this helpful guide.

Tony Converse
New York City

mostly opera... said...

You are welcome!

William Evans said...

Do you happen to know if there will be any radio rebroadcasts of Maurizio Pollini's August 16 recital? Thanks!

mostly opera... said...

Unfortunately I do not know. I tried to look it up, but didn´t find any information, meaning it probably won´t...

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