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Festival: Salzburg Festival

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Salzburg Festival 2018

Operas, drama and concerts of the 2018 Salzburg Festival present works characterized by passion and ecstasy. In Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea violence and eroticism are skilfully interwoven. Hans Werner Henze’s The Bassarids is the triumph of intoxication over reason. In drama, the nameless hero in Knut Hamsun’s Hunger is driven by his obsessions.

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SalzburgVienna Philharmonic · Herbert BlomstedtVienna Philharmonic

Sibelius, Bruckner
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt

SalzburgRecital PolliniRecitals

Brahms, Schumann, Chopin
Maurizio Pollini, Piano

SalzburgL'italiana in Algeri

José Coca Loza (Haly), Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella) and Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo) © Monika Rittershaus
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Moshe Leiser; Christian Fenouillat; Agostino Cavalca; Cecilia Bartoli; Ildar Abdrazakov

SalzburgThe BassaridsNew Production

The Bassarids
Henze: The Bassarids
Kent Nagano; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Sean Panikkar; Russell Braun

SalzburgBeethoven 3 · musicAeterna · Teodor CurrentzisBeethoven Cycle

Beethoven
musicAeterna; Teodor Currentzis

SalzburgMozart Matinee · BoltonMozart Matinees

Mozart
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Ivor Bolton; Francesco Piemontesi

SalzburgLondon Symphony Orchestra 1Guest Orchestras

Bernstein, Dvořák, Janáček
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Krystian Zimerman

SalzburgLied Recital Boesch · MartineauLied Recitals

Schubert, Mahler, Krenek
Florian Boesch; Malcolm Martineau

SalzburgL'incoronazione di PoppeaNew Production

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
William Christie; Jan Lauwers; Lemm & Barkey; Sonya Yoncheva; Kate Lindsey

SalzburgLondon Symphony Orchestra 2Guest Orchestras

Mahler: Symphony no. 9 in D major
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle
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Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
A wonderful cast conducted by William Christie in a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. 
****1
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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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On the rocks: An ice-cold Salome in Salzburg

Asmik Grigorian (Salome) © Ruth Walz
An astonishing performance by Asmik Grigorian is central to the Italian director's disturbing reading of a disturbing opera. 
****1
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Camels and comic capers in Algiers: Italiana in Salzburg

José Coca Loza (Haly), Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella) and Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo) © Monika Rittershaus
Cecilia Bartoli is joined by frequent collaborators Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier in a fun-filled Rossini farce full of Italian sunshine. Big grins all round. 
*****
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Netrebko triumphs as Aida

Anna Netrebko (Aida) © Salzburger Festspiele | Monika Rittershaus
Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
****1
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Skilfully constructed: Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival

Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck) © Salzburger Festspiele | Ruth Walz
A skilfully constructed production, and one that plays with the our perspectives. Whether the images are flashbacks from a war-troubled Wozzeck or a Büchner-esque portent of the horrors to come is left for the audience to decide.
****1
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Socking the audience between the eyes

Andris Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © Salzburger Festspiele | Marco Borrelli
Youth was a hindrance rather than a virtue in this testosterone-driven performance which sought more than anything to sock the audience between the eyes
***11
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Murderously brilliant: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Salzburg

Nina Stemme (Katerina) © Salzburger Festspiele | Thomas Aurin
Under Mariss Jansons, the Vienna Philharmonic are on top form in Shostakovich's opera; together with a top class cast of singers, they create sonic and emotional intoxication.
*****
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Evil triumphs beautifully in Monteverdi 450 Poppea

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli
The final opera in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi 450 trilogy features an excellent cast and inspires deep emotion.
****1
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Monteverdi 450's Ulisse docks in Salzburg

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Salzburg Festival © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, the second opera of the Monteverdi 450 trilogy being toured by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, had a strong performance in Salzburg.
***11
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