2018: Tosca with Anja Harteros in the Title Role


Dear Music Lovers,

Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, one of the great verismo operas from the Italian repertoire, will form the centrepiece of our 2018 programme. We are delighted to announce the international director Michael Sturminger as the stage director of Tosca. Michael Sturminger was responsible for the successful production of Salvatore Sciarrino’s chamber opera Lohengrin at this year’s Easter Festival. As in the case of Lohengrin, the sets and costumes for Tosca will be designed by donmartin supersets (Renate Martin and Andreas Donhauser), whose artistic partnership with Sturminger is now of several years’ standing. We are looking forward to welcoming Anja Harteros in the title role, just a year after making her stage debut as Sieglinde at the 2017 Easter Festival. Cavaradossi will be sung by Aleksandrs Antoņenko, one of the world’s leading young spinto tenors, while internationally renowned baritone Ludovic Tézier is Scarpia.


Puccini also provides a link with our concert programme. His early orchestral work Preludio sinfonico opens a concert that also features pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque in Mozart’s Double Concerto. The conductor will be Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who is in demand with orchestras all over the world, and who is making his debut at the Easter Festival.


In 2018 the Herbert von Karajan Prize, endowed by Eliette von Karajan, will be awarded to sensational cellist Sol Gabetta, who will be performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto and can also be heard in a chamber concert featuring music by Schubert and Messiaen. The chamber concerts also include the first Austrian performance of Die Pilger by Sofia Gubaidulina, who was ‘Capell-Compositrice’ of the Staatskapelle Dresden for two seasons. The choral concert will feature Gustav Mahler’s third symphony, for which we are delighted to welcome mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as our soloist.


In the Concert for Salzburg, Philippe Herreweghe will conduct Collegium Vocale Gent and the Staatskapelle Dresden in one of the masterworks for Holy Week: Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion.


Our chamber opera series, begun in 2017, will continue with a work of music theatre, which is remarkable for its stylistic pluralism: Bruno Maderna’s Satyricon, based on the novel by Titus Petronius.


We hope that our varied programme will offer you exciting experiences in both the operas and the concerts, and we look forward to welcoming you to the next Easter Festival.


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