‘Tosca is a thriller’

Michael Sturminger talks about his "Tosca" production.

The director Michael Sturminger is working intensively on his forthcoming production of Tosca. And Christian Thielemann is preparing his opera and concert projects for the 2018 Easter Festival. We are presenting a series of video interviews in which both men offer fascinating insights into their plans and their work (in German). They both agree: Giacomo Puccini wrote Tosca as if it were a thriller.


In the third film of the series, Michael Sturminger explains how he wants to tell the story of this opera, which is set in a specific place at a specifictime, today.

Please click on the photo on the right to start the film.


The Making of an Opera Production

Mock-up set rehearsal for Tosca. Click on the photo to see more pictures. Photo: OFS/Forster
Mock-up set rehearsal for Tosca. Click on the photo to see more pictures. Photo: OFS/Forster

Easter 2018 is approaching and therefore the preparations for Tosca, the next season's opera production, are running at full speed.

At a mock-up set rehearsal in the Grosses Festspielhaus in October, technical issues have been discussed and clarified between stage director Michael Sturminger, set and costumes designer Renate Martin and Andreas Donhauser, the Easter Festival staff and technical staff of the Salzburg Festival.

We show you exclusive photos which offer insights into the making of this opera production.


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.