Salzburg Festival - Schedule, Program & Tickets

Salzburg Festival

At the center of our four-day festival is Alcina, one of Handel's finest operas, in a new production by Damiano Michieletto with Gianluca Capuano and Les Musiciens du Prince. The cast includes Philippe Jaroussky, Sandrine Piau and myself.

For the first time since 1735 our audience can experience Handel's opera in direct comparison with Porpora's competition piece Polifemo. Premiered two and a half months before Alcina starring Farinelli, this opera contains the beautiful aria "Alto Giove". In Salzburg, Max Emanuel Cencic and Julia Lezhneva sing in this work.

The concert program of the Whitsun Festival spans an arc from the centuries-old tradition of the vocal polyphony of the Pontifical Choir of the Sistine Chapel to Pergolesi's touching Stabat Mater, to which Arvo Pärt and Giacinto Scelsi in turn respond as composers of our time. Thus, we also illuminate the tradition of sacred music for high voices in different eras. At the same time we show how the treatment of the castrato voice changed at the end of the eighteenth century, away from breathtaking virtuosity, to an affect-oriented style that was about textual interpretation.

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