2019 Salzburg Easter Festival: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Renowned artists will perform at the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival
Renowned artists will perform at the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival

After having focused on an opera of the Italian verismo, the programme of the coming Salzburg Easter Festival season features once again a work by Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. In both opera and concerts there will again perform international renowned soloists.


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg are the main work in the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival programme. Christian Thielemann will conduct and Jens-Daniel Herzog will direct. The sets will be designed by Mathis Neidhardt and the costumes by Sibylle Gädeke. An exceptional cast will perform, with Georg Zeppenfeld in his role debut as Hans Sachs, Vitalij Kowaljow as Veit Pogner, Adrian Eröd as Beckmesser, Klaus Florian Vogt as Walther von Stolzing, Sebastian Kohlhepp as David and Jacquelyn Wagner as Eva.

The 2019 Herbert von Karajan Prize will be awarded to Mariss Jansons, who will be the guest conductor in performances of Haydn’s ‘Military’ Symphony and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, the latter with Regula Mühlemann as soprano soloist.

Frank Peter Zimmermann, who will be the ‘Capell-Virtuos’ of the Staatskapelle Dresden in the 2018/19 season, will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Moreover he will be both soloist and conductor in the Concert for Salzburg.

The choral concert, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, will feature Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with soloists Venera Gimadieva, Elisabeth Kulman, Pavol Breslik and René Pape and the Bavarian Radio Chorus.

Tobias Moretti will be the reciter in Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, which will be performed in the chamber concert.

The 2019 programme features two world premières: an orchestral work by Sofia Gubaidulina entitled Der Zorn Gottes (‘The wrath of God’) and the chamber opera Thérèse by the young German composer Philipp Maintz.