Opening The Doors to Opera and Music

Projects for children and young people have played an important role at the Salzburg Easter Festival for many years. Both insight into artistic processes as well as active participation in creative projects are on offer.

Starting in 1994, the Salzburg Easter Festival and Akzente Salzburg have organised the project OPERA LIVE - Youth & Easter Festival, giving young people from the city and region of Salzburg a chance to have a greater understanding of opera. Up to 2,000 young people are given an in-depth introduction to the opera before they attend workshops dealing with the opera’s topics.

In 2012, many school classes were interested in the dance workshops - accompanying the Carmen production -, others transformed motifs from the opera into lithographs or short films, or compared the lives of female tobacco factory workers in early 19th century Seville to those employed by a cigarette factory in the 21st century.
Furthermore, every year up to 250 students get to tour the backstage areas of the Festspielhaus which are usually not accessible to the public, experiencing first-hand how a large-scale opera production is created. The highlight of the project is the main orchestra stage rehearsal, which about 600 participants attend together.

Projects for children and young people remain a priority for the Salzburg Easter Festival in the coming years. The successful cooperation with Akzente Salzburg will continue next year. In 2013, the Staatskapelle Dresden as new orchestra in residence will also introduce its children’s project Kapelle für Kids to Salzburg. The centrepiece of this concert for children aged six and upwards is Richard Wagner and the Siegfried Idyll, presented by the puppet Alma.

The Salzburg Easter Festival is thankful that their youth projects have been supported in the last years by Wiener Städtische Versicherung/Vienna Insurance Group and starting in 2012, also received a generous subsidy from the Herbert and Eliette von Karajan Foundation.

Find out more about the youth projects of the Salzburg Easter Festival here >>

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