The Salzburg Festival 2013
The Salzburg Festival is always a delightful smorgasbord of opera, drama and concerts. The 2013 festival will no doubt try to excel and outdo previous annual performances. In seven years time Salzburg will be celebrating a century of festivities since August 22, 1920. This year’s extravaganza will begin on July 19th and last till 1st September 2013.
It is a grand tribute to Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Harrison Birtwistle and others in opera; to Shakespeare, Schiller and Hugo von Hofmannsthal in stage plays and Haydn, Mahler and Mozart in concerts. It is an orgy of the arts and you will have to pace yourself and time yourself to make the most of it. This is going to be a rollercoaster ride which will last six weeks. Six weeks of symphonies, operas, artistes and plays.
You will not know where to begin and where to end. The choice includes Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir which consists of artistes aged 6 to 16 from Austria and Germany. They have performed under the baton of famous conductors like Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle, Bertrand de Billy, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
You will have to reserve one evening for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and music by Mendelssohn performed by an exquisite cast and orchestra. You will have to do some strategic planning for Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. It is to be performed inside Hangar 7 at the Salzburg Airport and broadcast live on television. Hangar 7 with its formula cars and airplanes is owned by the energy drink makers Red Bull. Place your self strategically in front of a television or near the live performance with the help of the guides at the Salzburg Festival.
You have definitely to be there when Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann is performed as per tradition on the steps of the Salzburg Cathedral. This is where you will realize that you are in the midst of classical glamour. The festival now has enormous commercial support with sponsors like Swarovski, Nestle, Siemens, Rolex and Audi. In case of bad weather all open air concerts and plays are shifted to the Grand Hall of the Festival.
Salzburg in Austria is a wonderland in summer with its cathedral and abbeys. It is famous because of many things and one of them is that it is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is also the setting for the famous Oscar winning movie ‘The Sound of Music’ based on the real life story of the Von Trapp family. It looks like a princely kingdom with a backdrop of picture perfect Alps.
The festival is spread over many venues and your ticket entitles you to free travel on public transport. The prominent venues among some eighteen are the Grand Festival Hall, Mozart’s House, Great Hall of the University, Mozarteum and Orchestra rehearsal room at the Schuttkasten.
Whatever your love, whether you are an Opera buff or a theatre aficionado or a concert fan you will have a surfeit. Make Salzburg your home for five weeks and enjoy each note of music, food and tourist sites.