Saturday, 23 April 2011

Salzburg Easter Festival goes south

Fitting for Easter, the Salzburg Easter Festival has announced a group of new coproduction with Teatro Real in Madrid that includes Parsifal in 2013. A new Carmen (2012) and the recent Herheim Salome from this year's Easter Festival is also included in the package. The great news is that not only the productions will travel, but also the orchestra and it's conductor. As that orchestral combo is probably the best in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, we at Classicalify offer a big congratulation to all Madrilenos! Mortier is starting to prove his worth to the Madrid opera house.

The Salome will also travel to the Norwegian Opera, alas without the orchestra this time. And the Carmen will also be a coproduction with the Salzburg summer Festspiele 2012, where Rattle will follow but change the band to the Vienna Phil.

Also the programme for the Salzburg Easter Festival 2012 (31/3 - 9/4) is here, with the aforementioned new Carmen directed by Aletta Collins. Kozena sings Carmen, a doubtful cast if you ask Classicalify, but Jonas Kaufmann tops up the casting nicely. Maybe the highlight of the festival will be the das Lied von der Erde under Rattle's superb Mahler baton and with Kaufman and von Otter as soloists. Start saving now, if you want to go. Tickets are outrageously expensive.

Photo credits go to the Salzburg Easter Festival

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