• Letter from Salzburg 4: Ariodante

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    How can a baroque opera from 1734 be squared with 21st Century sensibilities? That was the challenge for director Christof Loy in staging Handel’s Ariodante. Fortunately, he had available the formidable resources of the Salzburg Festival and the estimable mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, who not only remains one of the world’s great singers but also now […]

  • Letter from Salzburg 3: Wozzeck

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    One the most eagerly awaited productions of the 2017 Salzburg Festival season was Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, staged by the South African artist and stage director William Kentridge.  Coincident with this new production was an exhibit of his work at the Museum der Moderne, Thick Time: Installations and Stagings, featuring eight large-scale multimedia installations, one of which was […]

  • Letter From Salzburg 1: I Due Foscari

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    Almost exactly 100 years ago the Salzburg Festival, located in the picturesque Austrian city of that name, was founded by stage director Max Reinhardt and playwright (and librettist for Richard Strauss) Hugo von Hoffmanstahl.  During the summer the Festival attracts music lovers from around the world to hear opera of surpassing quality, plus the finest […]

  • Letter from Salzburg

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    The 2011 Salzburg Festival, July 27-Aug. 30, was the usual combination of outstanding musical performances and high society. This writer attended performances from Aug. 20-28. The project to reroof the Felsenreitschule has been concluded, and the hall is an acoustic and visual wonder. Few performance halls in the world have such an impressive entrance area. Verdi’s […]