Are you planning a holiday with family sometime this month or the next? We say fly to Austria for you would not want to miss this year’s Salzberg Festival.
From July 22-31 August, the festival calendar is full of performances — from West Side Story drama to the Young Conductors Award and children’s choir — to please your entire family.
The Salzberg festival was inaugurated in 1920, and has since become one of the most important festivals for opera, drama and concerts in the world, featuring performances from internationally-renowned musicians and attracting annual crowds of over 250,000.
Music for young ears
A new addition to the program this year is the opera The Fairy Queen for Children by Henrik Albrecht, based on motifs from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Fairy Queen, designed to introduce children aged six and over to the works of William Shakespeare and Henry Purcell. The opera, performed by members of the Young Singers Project, will also give audiences a glimpse behind the scenes.
Opera meets musical theatre
Jerome Robbins’ operatic interpretation of the classic Broadway show West Side Story loses none of its American and Puerto Rican passion, bringing a burst of energy and dance to the festival. Tickets for the show have been in such high demand that organizers have opened the dress rehearsal to the public.
The free Siemens>Children’s>Festival, taking place during the afternoons on the city’s Kapitelplatz, is aimed at children aged five and over. The festival screens family-friendly musical films using Siemens’ daylight-compatible technology.
The Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir (Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor) enables young singers to perform alongside world-famous musicians. This year, the choir will give its own performance as part of the ‘Ouverture spirituelle’, dedicated to Salzberg’s rich musical history.
Inaugurated in 2008, the Young Singers Project was created to support and train young vocalists, selected via an international auditioning process. For 2016, the group will be performing ‘The Fairy Queen’ and will officially present themselves during the festival’s closing concert. The Young Singers will also perform alongside the three finalists for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, due to be presented on August 7. The finalists have been revealed as Ciarán McAuley (Ireland), Alexander Prior (Great Britain) and Aziz Shokhakimov (Uzbekistan).
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