Farewell With a Great Success

On 9 April 2012 the Salzburg Easter Festival’s 46th season came to an end with the second performance of the opera Carmen. This performance also marks the end of a 45 year era in which the Berliner Philharmoniker were the orchestra in residence and the ten years in which Sir Simon Rattle has been Artistic Director. The Salzburg Easter Festival would like to thank the orchestra and its principal conductor most sincerely both for their magnificent artistic achievements as well as for the successful years of working together and wishes them all the best for the future.

Both, the artistic and economic results of the 2012 Easter Festival are very positive. Aletta Collins’ new production of George Bizet’s opera Carmen was a great public success. Alongside the stage début of Magdalena Kožená in the title role, Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and Genia Kühmeier as Micaëla were all highly acclaimed. The audience also experienced musical highlights in the orchestral and choral concerts under the musical direction of Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle with Anne Sofie von Otter, Kate Royal, Emanuel Ax, Christian Gerhaher, Jonas Kaufmann and Murray Perahia as soloists as well as in the chamber music series Kontrapunkte.

The sales revenue for opera, orchestral and choral concerts was increased by 14.6 percent, in comparison with the 2011 season. The total load factor of the performances in the Grosses Festspielhaus (opera, orchestral and choral concerts) showed a rise from 81 percent in 2011 to 88.0 percent in 2012. Both opera performances achieved a 97.3 percentage of seats sold; the premiere was sold out. The orchestral and choral concerts achieved a load factor of 84.4 percent. In total around 16,000 tickets (including both Youth Project and Kontrapunkte) have been sold.

67 journalists from ten nations filed reviews, indicating the high international media interest in the Salzburg Easter Festival 2012.

The economic impact of the Salzburg Easter Festival on the entire Salzburg region is approximately EUR 20 million, due to the high purchasing power of the audience. The resulting tax revenues exceed by far the amount of public subsidies paid to the festival.

„These extremely positive results together with the cost savings already achieved demonstrate a clear improvement in our economic fortunes. Furthermore we already notice that considerable interest is being shown in our 2013 programme which signals further positive enhancement in both our artistic and economic perspectives”, state Peter Alward and Bernd Gaubinger, managing directors of the Salzburg Easter Festival.

The Salzburg Easter Festival’s new era with Christian Thielemann as artistic director and the Staatskapelle Dresden as orchestra in residence will begin on 23 March 2013 with the premiere of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal.

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