Internationally acclaimed new beginning with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresten

The Salzburg Easter Festival concluded its first and very successful season in its new era under the artistic direction of Christian Thielemann and with the Staatskapelle Dresden as orchestra in residence with the second performance of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal on 1 April 2013.

The response from both the international media and audiences alike has been very positive. The new artistic team is also very appreciating the friendly and very warm welcome accorded to them. At the Concert for Salzburg Christian Thielemann said that his orchestra and he himself were “happy as larks” in Salzburg.

The decision to open up the Salzburg Easter Festival to a more local and regional audience was also achieved with the presentation of special projects such as the Kapelle für Kids concert, the Dresden Chamber Music Night and expecially the Concert for Salzburg. Three out of four members of the audience for the Concert for Salzburg came from Austria and more than 50 percent from the city and county of Salzburg. Together with guests from Bavaria a 60 percent attendance from the region could be achieved.

A broad audience from German speaking countries also saw the first live TV broadcast of the new opera production of Parsifal via ORF/3sat. The overall viewing figures for this broadcast achieved a major success when compared to similar opera broadcasts. The Salzburg Easter Festival wishes to express its thanks to both ORF/3sat and Unitel for their cooperation in this major event.

In total around 16.300 tickets were sold for the Salzburg Easter Festival 2013. The overall seat occupancy factor was 88 percent. The Parsifal-Premiere and the Concert for Salzburg were sold out.

135 journalists from sixteen nations filed reviews, which is a new peak (twice as many as in the 2012 season) and demonstrated the enormous international media interest in the new Salzburg Easter Festival era.

The economic impact of the Salzburg Easter Festival - which gains only around 8 percent of public subsidies - on the entire Salzburg region is approximately EUR 20 million.

Christian Thielemann comments on the results of his first season as Artistic Director as follows: “I am more than happy with our Salzburg Easter Festival debut. It seems that the Staatskapelle Dresden have more than fulfilled the expectations placed on them and have won many new friends in Salzburg. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this success and especially the fantastic public reaction, which has both motivated and inspired us. I can already say now that Salzburg has become a second home for all of us. We already feel the joyous anticipation for next year’s festival.”

Bernd Gaubinger, Managing Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, emphasizes: “What is particularly pleasing about this result is the ‘Thielemann-Effect’ which has led to every fourth application for patronship coming from a new customer.”

Peter Alward, Managing Director and Intendant, takes pleasure in the realization that “the high level of artistic achievement expected for Christian Thielemann, Myung-Whun Chung, the international soloists and the Staatskapelle Dresden was not only achieved - as proven by both public and press reaction - but even exceeded.”

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