The Salzburg Festival Confirmed for Summer 2020
The Salzburg Festival, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, will go ahead from 1st-31st August, with a reduced programme of 110 events (from 200) at 8 venues, and meticulous coronavirus security and prevention measures in place. Organisers plan to stage productions not shown this year, in 2021.
Anniversary celebrations begin on 25th July with the launch of a new exhibition about the Festival's rich history at the Salzburg Museum. Entitled Great World Theatre – 100 Years of the Salzburg Festival, it is designed as a play inside the museum, bringing the archive to life. It runs to 31st October 2021; 2020 performances include:
• • 12 operas - Elektra (Richard Strauss); Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart) led by Joana Mallwitz, the first woman to conduct an opera in the Festival's 100-year history.
• • 29 plays – including 14 performances of Jederman (Everyman) which opens the Festival and commemorates the anniversary, 22nd August.
• • 53 concerts – many works by Beethoven in honour of his 250th anniversary. Virtuoso Igor Levit will play all 32 piano sonatas over 8 evenings.
Tickets go on sale to the public on 13th July after existing ticket holders, Friends and Sponsors have been accommodated;
The Salzburg Festival, conceived in the aftermath of the First World War, is a celebration of peace. Founder Max Reinhardt was convinced of the power of the arts - 'the food and meaning of life' – to reconcile, heal and console at times of strife and adversity. After months with no live theatre, Salzburg leads the way with a spectacular festival of music, drama and art bringing light into a dark place.
Salzburg Festival's Security and Prevention plan complies with the federal government's official protocols and adds self-imposed safety procedures. There will be no intervals or catering to prevent group gatherings. Tickets will be personalised to aid contact tracing. Current audience obligations include immediate ID presentation without request, face masks worn at all times except when seated for performances. Dedicated entry/exit channels ensure the mandatory 1-metre distancing. For staff and artistes, stringent hygiene procedures are in place and obligatory testing and health certificates no more than 4 days before work begins are complusory. Seating arranged in compliance with distancing rules. All surfaces regularly cleaned and disinfection stations available at strategic points.
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