1967–2017 ∙ 50 Years of the Salzburg Easter Festival


A Very Special Programme to Celebrate the Jubilee Season

DIE WALKÜRE 1967 • 2017

Richard Wagner’s opera DIE WALKÜRE will be presented in a unique "re-creation" of the Festival's very first opera production from 1967: The original set by Günther Schneider-Siemssen has been reconstructed and Vera Nemirova directs a new staging. Peter Seiffert sings the role of Siegmund, Anja Harteros makes her scenic role debut as Sieglinde and Anja Kampe hers as Brünnhilde. Vitalij Kowaljow will be Wotan, Georg Zeppenfeld will be Hunding and Christa Mayer performs the role of Fricka. An accompanying Exhibition and two Symposia will deal with the historic aspects and investigate listening and viewing aspects both old and new.

Salvatore Sciarrino's Chamber Opera LOHENGRIN

The renowned director and Author Michael Sturminger will stage the chamber opera LOHENGRIN by Salvatore Sciarrino. Sara Maria Sun performs the main role of Elsa. See first rehearsal photos.

Daniil Trifonov will be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Prize

Russian Pianist Daniil Trifonov, who is regarded as one of the exceptional pianists of the younger generation, will be awarded the newly established Herbert von Karajan Prize 2017. Being the Artist in Residence of the 2017 Easter Festival, Trifonov will perform in several concerts: in the Orchestral Concert and in the Concert for Salzburg, both of them under the baton of Christian Thielemann, and in one of the Chamber Concerts together with the Dresden Octet. The Concert for Salzburg features also the up-and-coming conductor Lorenzo Viotti.

2017 Guest Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst ist the Guest Conductor of the 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival. He will conduct Mahler's Ninth Symphony with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

The Choral Concert with Anna Prohaska, Adrian Eröd and Cameron Carpenter

Anna Prohaska, Adrian Eröd and Cameron Carpenter are the soloists in the Choral Concert under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung and with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Chorus).

Two guest orchestras: The Berliner Philharmoniker and the Vienna Philharmonic

Two very special and famous guest orchestras will perform at the Jubilee Festival: the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle (with Mahler's Sixth Symphony on the programme) and the Vienna Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann (with Beethoven's Ninth).