Salzburg Easter Festival 2020, Abonnement 1 (04.04.2020 - 07.04.2020)

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January 1970

Abonnement 1
Saison 2020


This subscription contains the following performances:

04.04.2020, 5:00 PM, Don Carlo
05.04.2020, 7:00 PM, Orchestral Concert Harding
06.04.2020, 11:00 AM, Fördererprobe
06.04.2020, 7:00 PM, Orchestral Concert Thielemann
07.04.2020, 6:00 PM, Choral Concert Thielemann


Don Carlo


In 2020 we will be offering a special version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo: Vera Nemirova will direct, with stage designs by Heike Scheele and costumes by Frauke Schernau.Manfred Trojahn has been commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Semperoper Dresden to compose a new instrumental prologue to the four-act version of the opera. We will have an extraordinary cast of soloists, including Ildar Abdrazakov, Yusif Eyvazov, Franco Vassallo, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Semenchuk.

The Herbert von Karajan Prize will be presented to Janine Jansen, an exceptional violinist who will play Beethoven’s Concerto. 2020 will also see the world première of Sofia Gubaidulina’s The Wrath of God. Since it is dedicated ‘to the great Beethoven’, it is fitting to perform it in the year of his 250th birthday. Daniel Harding will be our Guest Conductor in 2020. The Choral Concert will feature a monumental late-Romantic work, Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, with outstanding soloists: Camilla Nylund,Christa Mayer, Stephen Gould, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Kwangchul Youn and Franz Grundheber. The Concert for Salzburg will be directed from the piano by Rudolf Buchbinder and will also be devoted to Beethoven.

Our Chamber Opera series will continue with a world première. In 1974, Hans Werner Henze and Hans Magnus Enzensberger wrote the TV opera La Cubana. Their plans to turn this ‘vaudeville’ into a chamber opera did not get beyond an initial concept. The Easter Festival will now present La piccola Cubana for the first-ever time, in a chamber version made by Jobst Liebrecht.

We look forward to your visit to the next Easter Festival in 2020.

Christian Thielemann
Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival and
Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden

Prof Dr Peter Ruzicka
Managing Director and Intendant of the Salzburg Easter Festival


Orchestral Concert Thielemann

Staatskapelle Dresden


Der Zorn Gottes (The Wrath of God) for orchestra
„Dem großen Beethoven gewidmet“ (dedicated to the great Beethoven)
World premiere, commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival

Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, Op. 61
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Janine Jansen, Violin
Christian Thielemann, Conductor

Orchestral Concert Harding

Staatskapelle Dresden

Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp major  
(setting by Deryck Cooke)

Daniel Harding, Conductor

Sunday, 5 April, 19:00
Sunday, 12 April, 19:00
Grosses Festspielhaus

Choral Concert

Gurre-Lieder for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Text by Jens Peter Jacobsen (translation: Robert Franz Arnold)

Camilla Nylund Tove
Christa Mayer Waldtaube
Stephen Gould Waldemar
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Klaus-Narr
Kwangchul Youn Peasant
Franz Grundheber Narrator

Bavarian Radio Chorus
(Chorus master: Howard Arman)
Prague Philharmonic Choir
(Chorus master: Lukáš Vasilek)
Christian Thielemann Conductor

Tuesday, 7 April, 18:00
Friday, 10 April, 18:00
Grosses Festspielhaus

Program and cast

Großes Festspielhaus

The plans for a Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall), where the former archiepiscopal princely stables were located, were drawn up primarily by the architect Clemens Holzmeister; Herbert von Karajan also made many suggestions for the building project, in particular regarding the design of the theatre hall. Every effort was made and no expense spared so as to “insert” between the three-centuries-old façade of the former court stables and the Mönchsberg a theatre with an opera stage whose structure and technical equipment would still meet highest international demands after fifty years. Between autumn 1956 and the early summer of 1960, 55,000 cubic metres of rock were blasted away to create the relevant space. The building was largely financed from the state budget and as a result the Republic of Austria is the owner of the Grosses Festspielhaus.


The Grosses Festspielhaus was opened on 26 July 1960 with a festive ceremony and the performance of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Even though the new stage was undoubtedly impressive in its dimensions, voices were raised even then expressing regret that it would hardly be suitable for staging operas by Mozart which require a more intimate setting. The ground plan of the auditorium is almost square, nearly 35 metres long and from the stalls as well as from the circle offers ideal acoustic conditions and sight-lines for 2,179 seats. The iron stage curtain weighs 34 tonnes and in the middle is one metre thick. The ground steel plates were created by Rudolf Hoflehner; the main curtain behind it was designed by Leo Wollner.


The décor for the concert hall was renewed in 1993 by Richard Peduzzi. Five bronze doors with handles designed by Toni Schneider-Manzell allow the public access from the Hofstallgasse. The façade is ornamented by a Latin inscription by the Benedictine monk Professor Thomas Michels (Order of St. Benedict):Sacra camenae domus concitis carmine patet quo nos attonitos numen ad auras ferat (The holy house of the muse is open for lovers of the arts, may divine power inspire us and raise us to the heights).


Mostly local materials were used for fitting out the Grosses Festspielhaus: the reinforced concrete columns in the entrance foyer were covered with the conglomerate rock removed from the wall of the Mönchsberg; the floor is made of Adnet marble. Low beam lighting in the sloping ceiling and panel dishes made of glass from Murano create a solid lighting design. Two sculptures created by Wander Bertoni in Carrara marble represent music and drama. The four large-scale paintings in the form of crosses on the theme Dreams with the Wrong Solutions, which were bought by the Austrian patron of the arts and collector Karlheinz Essl and made available on loan to the Salzburg Festival, are by the New York painter and sculptor Robert Longo (1993).


The interval hall adjoining the entrance foyer is largely based on the original ground plan of the archiepiscopal princely stables. The floor of green serpentine is new and contains mosaics of horses by Kurt Fischer. On the wall is a steel relief by Rudolf Hochlehner entitled Homage to Anton von Webern. Through the arch built by Fischer von Erlach one can look out onto the horse statue and fountain and the Schüttkasten which was acquired by the Salzburg Festival in 1987. A separate access on the left of the interval foyer leads via an escalator and steps to the underground car park for the old town centre of Salzburg.


The furnishings for a Patrons’ Lounge on the first floor of the Grosses Festspielhaus were financed by the American patrons of the arts Donald and Jeanne Kahn, who later became major sponsors of the Salzburg Festival. Since 1995 it has served as a reception area for patrons, sponsors as well as their guests and is also used for press conferences and various other functions in connection with the Salzburg Festival.


Specifications Grosses Festspielhaus

Stage width: 100 m Stage depth: 25 m

Proscenium width: 30 m

Proscenium height: 9 m

Five lifting podia, 18 x 3 m each; speed max. 0.25 m / sec.; loading capacity 20 tons each

Hydraulic stage machinery (double attachment of ABB)

Gridiron: 155 hoists with a loading capacity of 500 kg each, a third of them hydraulically driven and electronically controlled

Lighting: 825 adjustable electric circuits with a power of over 5000 watts each; digital light console; depot of around 2,000 individual lights

Electroacoustics: sound control board with 16 inputs, 16 main outputs and 4 auxiliary outputs; sockets for loudspeakers and microphones throughout the entire stage and auditorium.

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