2015 Salzburg Easter Festival Outstandingly Successful

Applause at the premiere of Cavallera rusticana/Pagliacci (c) Matthias Creutziger
Applause at the premiere of Cavallera rusticana/Pagliacci (c) Matthias Creutziger

On 6 April an outstandingly successful season of the Salzburg Easter Festival came to an end. It was already the third season with the Staatskapelle Dresden as orchestra in residence and Christian Thielemann as Artistic Director. The performances were enthusiastically acclaimed, in particular the opera productions of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. And the figures speak for themselves: Seat occupancy factor and income set new records.

The new productions of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci directed by Philipp Stölzl and conducted by Christian Thielemann were acclaimed by both audiences and critics alike as highly convincing and impressive. Jonas Kaufmann, who led a starry international cast of soloists, achieved huge success in his role debuts as Turiddu and Canio. Thanks to our media partner Unitel, this production will also be televised (Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci: 11 April 2015, 20.15, 3sat) and issued on DVD.

Earnings from ticket sales increased by 14.4 percent compared to last year, which represents a new record income of 3.4 million Euro. Theself-financing ratio remains on an extemely high level of 88 percent.18,900 tickets (last year: 16,400) were sold for the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival and the overall seat occupancy factor was 94.2 percent (last year: 88 percent). This percentage has not been achieved since 2002. The opera performances, the Choral Concerts and the Concert for Salzburg were completely sold out. The number of patronsrose by 17 percent compared to last year, meaning an increase of 300 members with a total of 2,100.

The international media interest in the Salzburg Easter Festival remains on a high level: 114 journalists from 13 nations filed reviews about the festival.

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