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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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SalzburgSt Luke's PassionGuest Orchestras

Penderecki: St Luke Passion
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Teresa Majka-Pacanek; Sarah Wegener; Lucas Meachem; Krakow Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Boys Choir

SalzburgMozart Matinee · MinasiOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Mozart Matinees

Mozart, Beethoven
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Alois Glaßner; Andreas Ottensamer; Simona Šaturová; Benjamin Bruns; Henning von Schulman

SalzburgChamber Concert Faust · Goltz · BezuidenhoutOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Chamber Concerts

Bach, Biber
Isabelle Faust; Kristin von der Goltz; Kristian Bezuidenhout

SalzburgLevit · BR-Chor · Arman · Kopatchinskaja · HinterhäuserOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Time with Ustvolskaya

Ustvolskaya
Markus Hinterhäuser, Piano

SalzburgLevit · BR-Chor · Arman · Kopatchinskaja · HinterhäuserOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Time with Ustvolskaya

Liszt, Ustvolskaya
Howard Arman; Igor Levit; Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Markus Hinterhäuser

SalzburgCollegium Vocale Gent · Herreweghe · Klangforum Wien · VolkovOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Time with Ustvolskaya

Schütz, Ustvolskaya
Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe; Collegium Vocale Gent; Marino Formenti; Klangforum Wien; Ilan Volkov

SalzburgKlangforum Wien · VolkovOuverture spirituelle · Passion & Time with Ustvolskaya

Ustvolskaya
Ilan Volkov; Evert Sooster; Florian Müller; Klangforum Wien

SalzburgOfficium 1 – La Capella Reial · Hespèrion XXI · SavallOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Victoria
Jordi Savall; La cappella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI

SalzburgMass in B minor – Collegium Vocale Gent · HerrewegheOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe; Dorothée Mields; Margot Oitzinger; Alex Potter; Thomas Hobbs

SalzburgSan Giovanni Battista – Collegium 1704 · LuksOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Stradella: San Giovanni Battista
Václav Luks; Christophe Dumaux; Giulia Semenzato; Krešimir Stražanac; Krystian Adam
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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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An emotional L'Orfeo for Monteverdi 450

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and cast © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli
Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi 450 trilogy began its Salzburg run with a tear-jerking concert performance of L'Orfeo.
*****
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Anna Prohaska and friends in Salzburg Schubert

Anna Prohaska, Veronika Eberle and friends © Salzburger Festspiele | Marco Borrelli
A nameless octet competes with the big names and easily wins the silver medal in Salzburg.
****1
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Young Mahlerites show extraordinary insights at Salzburg

Christian Gerhaher, Philippe Jordan and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra © Salzburger Festspiele | Marco Borrelli
The multinational Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra proves that adolescence is no barrier to maturity in profound symphonic music making.
****1
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Don Giovanni escapes the flames in Salzburg

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) and Valentina Naforniţă (Zerlina) © Salzburger Festspiele | Ruth Walz
According to director Sven-Eric Bechtolf,  Don Giovanni’s divine retribution for a life of pure evil and insatiable fornication is just more of the same.
***11
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