2022 Salzburg Easter Festival - the programme is here!

"Lohengrin" conducted by Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann, the Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival and Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and Nikolaus Bachler, Intendant and Managing Director, here present the programme of the 2022 Salzburg Easter Festival. It will be the first edition of the Easter Festival since 2019 that will take place as usual at Eastertime – from Saturday 9 April to Monday 18 April 2022.

Richard Wagner and his Lohengrin will be at the heart of the 2022 Easter Festival – a work whose only other production at the Easter Festival was first given back in 1976. It will be produced by three stars of today’s music theatre aesthetics: Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito have been repeatedly declared the ‘directorial team of the year’, and they will be working together with Anna Viebrock, one of the most influential set and costume designers of our time. The American tenor Eric Cutler will sing the title role; he will be joined as Elsa by the soprano Jacquelyn Wagner, who enjoyed great success as Eva in Wagner’s Meistersinger in 2019.

The Herbert von Karajan Prize will in 2022 be awarded to the Staatskapelle Dresden – an orchestra rich in tradition whose musicians will naturally once again be performing as the orchestra in residence at the Easter Festival. Guest conductor Tugan Sokhiev will present Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, better known as the ‘Leningrad’. One of the world’s leading violists, Antoine Tamestit, will play the solo part in Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, which will be followed by Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony – the work that the composer dedicated in 1915 ‘to the Royal Orchestra of Dresden, in gratitude’. Christian Thielemann will conduct this concert.

Christian Thielemann will also be conducting the Choral Concert, which in 2022 will be dedicated exclusively to the music of Anton Bruckner. His unfinished Ninth Symphony will feature alongside two sacred works: the hymn Vexilla regis and his large-scale Te Deum, which might deservedly be described as the highpoint of the oeuvre of this Austrian composer. The Bavarian Radio Chorus will once again be our guest in Salzburg for this concert; the soloists will be Camilla Nylund, Elena Zhidkova, Saimir Pirgu and Franz-Josef Selig.

The popular Concert for Salzburg will be conducted by the First Guest Conductor of the Staatskapelle, Myung-Whun Chung from South Korea. 2022 sees the 125th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms, and the Concert for Salzburg will feature his Fourth Symphony. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is also on the programme, with Myung-Whun Chung conducting from the piano. His fellow soloists will be Matthias Wollong, the first concert master, and Norbert Anger, the principal cellist of the Staatskapelle.

Johannes Brahms, whose anniversary we will commemorate, will also be the focus of the two Chamber Concerts. In the first of these, musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden will come together to perform his First String Quintet in G major, op. 111, alongside two works from the 20th century: Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in a minor op. 7, and György Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages for viola solo. Antoine Tamestit, ‘Capell virtuoso’ of the Staatskapelle for the 2021/22 season, will play the work by Kurtág and also perform in Brahms’s String Quintet. The Second Chamber Concert will begin with Brahms’s Serenade No. 1 in D major op. 11, after which a chamber group of 13 musicians will play Richard Wagner’s Siegfried-Idyll.


Patrons of the Salzburg Easter Festival may order tickets for the 2022 Easter Festival with immediate effect: Tel. +43/662/8045-361, -362 or karten@ofs-sbg.at


Individual ticket sales will begin on 1 December at www.osterfestspiele-salzburg.at

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