Video streaming free of charge: the opera productions of the Salzburg Easter Festival from 2013 to 2017

Applause after Die Walküre, 2017 (c) OFS/Matthias Creutziger
Applause after Die Walküre, 2017 (c) OFS/Matthias Creutziger

In order to offer a programme of some kind to opera-lovers and music fans, friends and audiences, and in an endeavour to offer a special service instead of the officially cancelled 2020 Easter Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival will begin a free video-streaming programme in collaboration with its media partner UNITEL.

Every two days, a different video recording of an opera production from the Christian Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden era, 2013 – 2017, will be shown. The series will begin at 12 midday on 4 April with the jubilee production of Die Walküre from 2017 and will continue chronologically with Otello, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and Arabella back to Parsifal from the year 2013. Each opera video will be available for streaming for 48 hours. Every other day, a new film will be put online at midday.

All of the recordings mentioned can be viewed permanently on fidelio, the streaming platform of ORF and UNITEL.




Cancellation of the 2020 Salzburg Easter Festival

The Department of Public Order for the City of Salzburg decided on 12 March 2020, in accordance with § 15 of the Law Governing Epidemics, that it is prohibited to hold rehearsals and performances for the Salzburg Easter Festival (4–13 April 2020).

This is in line with the conclusion of the General Meeting, the Advisory Board and the Management that same day that it would be impossible to go ahead with the 2020 Easter Festival on account of the further spread of the virus COVID-19.
For the management, employees and artists who have been engaged in long-term preparations for the 2020 Easter Festival, this cancellation is extraordinarily distressing. Naturally, we shall make our contribution to the official measures aimed at containing the pandemic, also to protect our audiences, our artists and the population.

Tickets that have already been bought will be refunded for all performances that have been cancelled (4–13 April and the Children’s Concert of 28 March 2020). To this end, we need certain details from you. Please use the online form. We shall do our best to process these requests speedily, but we must assume that these return remittances will take a lengthy period of time to complete. Given the current special situation, we kindly request your patience in this matter.
The management of the Osterfestspiele Salzburg GmbH

Form for ticket refunds

NB: You have the choice between a refund of the ticket price, credit on your customer account for the 2021 Easter Festival, or making a donation.

Please use the online form or download the PDF file, fill it out and send it by 15 May 2020 at the latest to  or
Osterfestspiele Salzburg GmbH
Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz 11
5020 Salzburg


The 2021 Salzburg Easter Festival Programme

Christian Thielemann and Peter Ruzicka present their last joint programme

  • Turandot with Anna Netrebko in the title role
  • Hilary Hahn to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Prize
  • Sir Antonio Pappano as guest conductor
  • Denis Matsuev will play Grieg’s Piano Concerto
  • Philippe Herreweghe to conduct Bach’s Mass in b minor
  • Sir András Schiff will direct the Concert for Salzburg from the piano