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Salzburg Festival: Primed to Thrill Summer Audiences
As the music season gets underwayThe Salzburg Festival, is preparing to welcome audiences back to enjoy a summer of live music and theatre at Europe's most prestigious cultural event.
After its landmark 100th anniversary was curtailed by the pandemic, the 2021 Salzburg Festival will run from 17th July to 31st August with a stimulating cultural programme including concerts scheduled but not performed in 2020.
The Festival officially opens with a performance of Hofmannsthal's annual fixture Everyman, in Cathedral Square (Domplatz): 14 more performances of the morality play will be staged during the 6-week festival. A total of 168 productions performed across 17 venues will rekindle the joy of live theatre for international audiences to savour. For those who can't be there in person, live-streaming will be available.
Operatic highlights include Strauss's Elektra and Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, held over from last year; and perennial favourites include Tosca, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte. Concerts will show-case world-renowned orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic and City of Birmingham with virtuoso pianists Maurizio Pollini, Evgeny Kisin and Mitsuko Uchida. Among eye-catching new productions in the programme, Nono's Intolleranza 1960 comes with choreography from the innovative Bodhi Project dancers. Full details www.salzburgfestival.at (details of live-streaming to be announced at the start of the festival, 17th July).
Salzburg offers a 2-night Salzburg Summer Festival package (https://www.salzburg.info/
In honour of the Salzburg Festival's centenary, an exhibition at the Salzburg Museum in the New Residential Palace, Great World Theatre – 100 Years of the Salzburg Festival, gives a fascinating insight into the Festival's rich history. Open until 31st October 2021, it is designed as a play divided into four zones, and offers an immersive interactive experience with film screenings and staged stories bringing the archive to life. www.salzburgmuseum.at/
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