2020 Salzburg Easter Festival: focus on Don Carlo

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Christian Thielemann conducts Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder in 2020 for the first time · Janine Jansen will be awarded with the Herbert von Karajan Prize · Daniel Harding is the Guest Conductor

In 2020 the Easter Festival will be offering a special version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo: Vera Nemirova will direct, with stage designs by Heike Scheele. Manfred Trojahn has been commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Semperoper Dresden to compose a new instrumental prologue to the four-act version of the opera. We will have an extraordinary cast of soloists, including Ildar Abdrazakov, Yusif Eyvazov, Franco Vassallo, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Semenchuk.

The Herbert von Karajan Prize will be presented to Janine Jansen, an exceptional violinist who will play Beethoven’s Concerto. Christian Thielemann and Guest Conductor Daniel Harding will direct the concerts. PIanist Rudolf Buchbinder will play lead the Concert for Salzburg. The Choral Concert will feature a monumental late-Romantic work, Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, with outstanding soloists: Camilla Nylund, Christa Mayer, Stephen Gould, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Kwangchul Youn and Franz Grundheber.

Our Chamber Opera series will continue with a world première: the Easter Festival presents La piccola Cubana by Hans Werner Henze and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, in a chamber version made by Jobst Liebrecht.

The Chamber Concerts with musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden features music by Haydn, Beethoven, Henze, Mozart and Reimann.