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2011 Salzburg Festival programme announced

9:45, 12th February 2013

“Festivals have to create some controversy – otherwise they’re just boring.” So said Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, as she unveiled the programme for the 2011 Festival which runs from 27 to 30 August next year.

The theme of the festival is taken from a quote about the purpose of art from the Italian composer Luigi Nono: ‘To awaken the ear, the eye, and human thought”. (Nono’s monumental Prometeo forms part of next year’s Salzburg concert programme).

Three operas lie at the heart of the 2011 summer programme: a new production of Verdi’s Macbeth, featuring the first collaboration between the iconic German director Peter Stein and conductor Riccardo Muti. Also new are Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (directed by Christof Loy, conducted by Christian Thieleman), and Janacek’s The Makropolus Case, directed by Christoph Marthaler and starring Angela Denoke, under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

All three Mozart/Da Ponte operas directed for Salzburg by Claus Guth will be performed as a ‘cycle’ next year. Lead singers include Gerald Finley as Don Giovanni, Christopher Maltman as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Erwin Schrott appearing both as Leporello and in the title role of the Marriage of Figaro.

The operas will feature three different orchestras: Les Musiciens du Louvre under Mark Minkowski, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Robin Ticcati and the Vienna Philarmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin .

“This will be the first time that any of the Mozart/Da Ponte works have been performed on period instruments at Salzburg,” said this year’s artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser. “Using three orchestras will really show audience the range of styles and musical possibilities that can be applied to these operas.”

There will also be a concert double-bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, featuring Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala.

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