Salzburg Easter Festival 2020: focus on Don Carlo

Vera Nemirova and Heike Scheele about Don Carlo

Janine Jansen to be awarded with Karajan Prize, Daniel Harding is 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. Rudolf Buchbinder will 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.



2019 Salzburg Easter Festival a great artistic and financial success

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (c) OFS/Matthias Creutziger
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (c) OFS/Matthias Creutziger

Highly acclaimed Meistersinger von Nürnberg and concert performances

On 22 April, the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival came to a close with its second performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This new production, conducted by Christian Thielemann and directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog, has enjoyed great success with the audience and the international critics alike.


Mariss Jansons was awarded with the 2019 Herbert von Karajan Prize

Mariss Jansons, just having been awarded with the Prize (c) OFS/Matthias Creutziger
Mariss Jansons, just having been awarded with the Prize (c) OFS/Matthias Creutziger

Christian Thielemann and Peter Ruzicka presented the award

Mariss Jansons was awarded with the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival.

This Prize, endowed by Eliette von Karajan and worth EUR 50,000, was presented at the Orchestral Concert of 14 April, when Mariss Jansons conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden.