The 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival programme features Richard Strauss's opera Arabella with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson center stage. The concert programme focuses on works of Strauss, Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm. You can have a look (and download) the programme brochure here:
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The Salzburg Easter Festival concluded its first and very successful season in its new era under the artistic direction of Christian Thielemann and with the Staatskapelle Dresden as orchestra in residence on Easter Monday. The response from both the international media and audiences alike has been very positive. The new artistic team is also very appreciating the friendly and very warm welcome accorded to them. At the Concert for Salzburg Christian Thielemann said that his orchestra and he himself were happy as larks in Salzburg.
The decision to open up the Salzburg Easter Festival to a more local and regional audience succeeded fully. Three out of four members of the audience for the Concert for Salzburg came from Austria and more than 50 percent from the city and county of Salzburg. Together with guests from Bavaria a 60 percent attendance from the region could be achieved.
Christian Thielemann comments on the results of his first season as Artistic Director as follows: I am more than happy with our Salzburg Easter Festival debut. It seems that the Staatskapelle Dresden have more than fulfilled the expectations placed on them and have won many new friends in Salzburg. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this success and especially the fantastic public reaction, which has both motivated and inspired us. I can already say now that Salzburg has become a second home for all of us. We already feel the joyous anticipation for next years festival.
The Salzburg Easter Festival 2014 begins on 12 April with the premiere of Richard Strauss's opera Arabella.
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