2018 Salzburg Easter Festival: Tosca with Anja Harteros

Michael Sturminger, Anja Harteros, Christian Thielemann, Elīna Garanča, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Sol Gabetta
Michael Sturminger, Anja Harteros, Christian Thielemann, Elīna Garanča, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Sol Gabetta. Photos: Teresa Zötl, Marco Borggreve, Oliver Killig, DG/Gabo, Martin Siegmund, unmarked

Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca will form the centrepiece of the 2018 Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Michael Sturminger, who staged Salvatore Sciarrino’s chamber opera Lohengrin at the 2017 Festival, will direct the opera. As in the case of Lohengrin, Renate Martin and Andreas Donhauser will be respobsible for the set and costumes. Michael Sturminger and his team also created the new production of the Jedermann at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. After her enormous success as Sieglinde in 2017, Anja Harteros will return at Easter 2018 in the title role of Tosca. Aleksandrs Antoņenko will perform the role of Cavaradossi and Ludovic Tézier will be Scarpia.

Also the concerts will again feature world-class soloists: 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.

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 as well as chamber music by Schubert and Messiaen.

The choral concert will feature 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.

Following the successful 2017 Lohengrin production, the newly established chamber opera series will continue in 2018 with Bruno Maderna’s music theatre Satyricon. Georg Schmiedleitner will direct, Harald Thor will design the sets and Tanja Hofmann will design the costumes. Thor and Hoffmann are also responsible for the scenography of the opera production Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the 2017 Salzburg Festival.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next Easter Festival!