The 2018 Programme: Tosca, Concert Highlights and a Chamber Opera

Christian Thielemann and Peter Ruzicka present the 2018 Festival programme

After the successful 2017 jubilee season, we are looking forward to the next Festival, with Puccini's masterpiece as the centrepiece of the programme.

Christian Thielemann will conduct the new production of Tosca. Michael Sturminger, who staged Salvatore Sciarrino’s chamber opera Lohengrin at the 2017 Festival, will direct the opera. After her enormous success as Sieglinde in 2017, Anja Harteros will return in the title role of Tosca. Aleksandrs Antoņenko will perform the role of Cavaradossi and Ludovic Tézier will be Scarpia.

Pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque will be the soloists in Mozart’s Double Concerto. The conductor will be Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who is much in demand all over the world, and who will be making his debut at the Easter Festival.

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 as well as chamber music by Schubert and Messiaen.

The Choral Concert features Mahler’s Third Symphony, for which sought-after mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča will be the soloist.

In the Concert for Salzburg Philippe Herreweghe will conduct Collegium Vocale Gent and the Staatskapelle Dresden in Bach’s St John Passion.

The newly established Chamber Opera series will continue with Bruno Maderna’s music theatre Satyricon.



The Making of an Opera Production

Rehearsal for Tosca. Click on the photo to see more pictures. Photo: OFS/Forster
Rehearsal for Tosca. Click on the photo to see more pictures. Photo: OFS/Forster

First rehearsal photos of Tosca

Rehearsals for the opera are proceeding apace. The Salzburg Easter Festival's new production of Tosca, with Anja Harteros, Aleksandrs Antoņenko and Ludovic Tézier in the main roles, is currently in preparation in the Grosses Festspielhaus. We here offer some initial photos.