Salzburg Easter Festival in Tokyo
“The Salzburg Easter Festival in Tokyo”. At the invitation of the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Salzburg Easter Festival has presented its 2017 Jubilee programme – 50 years of the Salzburg Easter Festival to Japanese journalists and tour operators. The Suntory Hall is also celebrating a jubilee: this world-class concert hall is currently celebrating its 30th season by inviting the most renowned conductors, soloists and orchestras to give guest performances. The Salzburg Easter Festival and the Suntory Hall are linked not least by the man who founded the Easter Festival and also had a major impact on the architecture and acoustics of the concert hall: Herbert von Karajan.
From 18 to 23 November 2016, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestra in Residence of the Salzburg Easter Festival, performed in the Suntory Hall under the baton of its Chief Conductor, Christian Thielemann, who is also the Artistic Director of the Easter Festival. They gave two semi-staged performances of Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold, two orchestral concerts and two chamber concerts. This varied programme offered a musical foretaste of what visitors to the 2017 Festival can expect. Furthermore, Isabel Karajan performed her chamber music project Miss Death meets Mr Shostakovich, which was was already highly acclaimed at the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival.
Insights into the planning for “50 years of the Salzburg Easter Festival” were also offered by the new promotional film of the 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival, which was shown in Tokyo for the first-ever time, and in which Christian Thielemann and the Intendant Peter Ruzicka introduce their exciting programme (this film can be watched on the main page of this website). For health reasons, Peter Ruzicka was regrettably unable to travel to Tokyo. So Christian Thielemann introduced “his” Festival at the joint press conference with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Suntory Hall in Japan.