A message from Christian Thielemann and Nikolaus Bachler

Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear Patrons and friends of the Salzburg Easter Festival

We should gladly like to be able to report today on the artistic preparations for the 2021 Easter Festival.

Regrettably, the corona pandemic continues to dominate the world, and thus our cultural institutions too. For this reason – and also because Easter is no longer so very far away – we are now engaging with logistical issues regarding the running of the Festival.

Our primary goal is to ensure that the 2021 Salzburg Easter Festival can actually take place and that we will be in a position to welcome you all to our city on the banks of the Salzach River!

It will be a safe Festival, one that fulfils all the measures required by the authorities, and that will thus protect all our participants and naturally you too, our esteemed audience. This will enable you to enjoy our performances untroubled by extraneous issues.

We are delighted to inform you that almost all the events we had planned are remaining on the programme. However, we have had to make the following adjustments:

• The opera Turandot with Anna Netrebko in the title role will be given in a concert version on account of the size and complexity of the work (it requires more than 250 participants).

• The seating plan of the Grosses Festspielhaus is also already being adapted. According to official specifications, the new seating plan will allow for some 1,400 audience members instead of the usual 2,200. As of today, the staff in our ticket office will be doing their very best to process your ticket orders as swiftly as possible. However, we ask for your understanding in advance, if we prove unable to fulfil your wishes for tickets to 100 percent. Single ticket sales will start on 1 December.

• The ticket prices have been adjusted for the concert performances of the opera. You can find the current, reduced prices here.

• Only personalised tickets can be sold. We need your e-mail address and telephone number in the unlikely event that contact tracing becomes necessary.

We can now look forward together to Turandot, and to concerts with works by Richard Strauss and Edvard Grieg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Mahler and Johann Sebastian Bach, all performed by the finest conductors, singers and instrumentalists – and of course by the magnificent Staatskapelle Dresden!

We are confident we shall enjoy an artistically exceptional Easter Festival, and look forward to welcoming you once again to Salzburg.

Until then, we wish you the very best. Please stay healthy!

Christian Thielemann                                      Nikolaus Bachler

Artistic Director                                              Intendant and Managing Director

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