2015 Salzburg Easter Festival's programme finalised

The 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival’s programme has been finalised. The children’s concert Kapelle für Kids will be continued. Next year, the brass players of the orchestra, together with Puppet Alma, will introduce the audience to the world of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci.
Furthermore the Konzert für Salzburg (Concert for Salzburg) programme has been expanded: Conductor Nikolaj Znaider will open with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien op. 45.
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2015 Salzburg Easter Festival: Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci


The Salzburg Easter Fesival's next season is dominated by Italian and Russian music and features the two veristic operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci with Jonas Kaufmann, Verdi's Messa da Requiem and works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Isabel Karajan makes a welcome return with a scenic collage around the music of Shostakovich as well as for Prokofjev's Peter and the Wolf.


Christian Thielemann, Philipp Stölzl, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jonas Kaufmann


In 2015, for the first time ever, the Salzburg Easter Festival will feature a double bill of two veristic operas: Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Christian Thielemann’s opens his third season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival with this new production. Philipp Stölzl will both direct and design the sets. Ursula Kudrna will responsible for costume design.

Bauprobe for Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci in May 2014. Photo: Andreas Hirsch


Jonas Kaufmann, one of the most illustrious tenors of our time, will head the top-class cast both as Turiddu and Canio. This will be his return to the Salzburg Easter Festival, following his appearances here in 2012 as Don José in Carmen. In Cavalleria rusticana, Liudmyla Monastyrska appears as Santuzza, Annalisa Stroppa as Lola and Stefania Toczyska as Lucia. In Pagliacci we will once again welcome Maria Agresta, who sang in the 2013 Concert for Salzburg and will sing the role of Nedda. The other roles will be sung by Dmitri Platanias (Tonio), Tansel Akzeybek (Beppe) and Alessio Arduini (Silvio).


Bauprobe for Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci in May 2014. Photo: Andreas Hirsch


The choral concert will also have an Italian focus. Christian Thielemann conducts Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, whose soloists also include Liudmyla Monastyrska and Jonas Kaufmann as well as mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and bass Ildar Abdrazakov. For the third time the Festival welcomes back the Bavarian Radio Chorus.


The concerts focus on major works by Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. Christian Thielemann himself will conduct Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony (the Pathétique) while Daniele Gatti, next year’s Guest Conductor at the Easter Festival, will conduct Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony. The soloists will be two stars of the younger generation: the violinist Nikolaj Znajder, who will perform Shostakovich’s 1st Violin Concerto, and the pianist Arcadi Volodos who will play Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto.


As well as appearing as soloist in one of the orchestral concerts, Nikolaj Znajder will also conduct the first half of the Concert for Salzburg in a programme which includes excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Christian Thielemann will direct the second half of the concert, with Intermezzi from Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana as well as Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale Peter and the Wolf, for which Isabel Karajan will be the speaker, making a welcome return after her great success with Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale in 2011. The complete programme for the Concert for Salzburg is still being finalised.


Isabel Karajan. Photo: Miki Kap-herr

As well as Peter and the Wolf, the actress Isabel Karajan will be involved in a second project. The Easter Festival is presenting a special chamber music project entitled Fräulein Tod trifft Herrn Schostakowitsch (“Miss Death meets Mr Shostakovich”). The performance will be a scenic collage about fear in which music by Shostakovich - including his 8th String Quartet - will be combined with texts by his literary contemporaries. The pianist Jascha Nemtsov and the Dresden String Quartet (formed from members of the Staatskapelle Dresden) will be responsible for the music; it will be directed by Klaus Ortner, who was also responsible for A Soldier’s Tale in 2011. This project is a collaboration with the International Shostakovich Festival Gohrisch.


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Our next opera production: a work in progress

For sure you have discovered already the photos from the Bauprobe (technical rehearsal) in the middle column of this website. If you are curious for more of them, you can find them here >>>



The 2015 programme

Please find our next season's programme here, both the programme brochure and a text only file: 


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