The Salzburg Easter Festival runs over ten days and delights every time with an opera production and several concerts. Although they have more or less emerged from the Salzburg Festival, as a kind of expansion, they keep their own principles and are independent.
Herbert von Karajan – Salzburg’s greatest conductor
The Salzburg Easter Festival was above all the product of a single Salzburger – Herbert von Karajan was born on the modern-day Makartsteg, where today his life-size statue in a conducting stance stands. After studying at the Mozarteum and in Vienna, he conducted the Mozarteum Orchestra for the first time at the age of 20. From this first appearance, it was clear that his path would lead to the very top. From 1960 onwards, Karajan was an integral part of the Salzburg Festival. When, seven years later, with the founding of the Easter Festival, whose leading thereof took over his life, he created a monument not only to himself but also to the music scene in Salzburg.
Exceptionally high quality
Karajan express wish and requirement was to bring only the highest quality to the stage. Deliberately, the Easter Festival was to be kept considerably smaller than the Salzburg Festival. In this way, it could be guaranteed that only performances by world-class musicians were on the program and each performance would remain unique. Karajan was known and appreciated for his perfectionism, and he used the opportunity to win over only the best musicians and singers with “his” Berlin Philharmonic and his many contacts in the world.
Festival Program 2018
After the 50th anniversary last year where Karajan’s production of the very first Easter Festival of Richard Wagner‘s “The Valkyries” was on the program, the next opera highlight is the focus of this years “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini. The Festival will be opened also with an early orchestral work by Puccini. The popular conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada will be for the first time on the podium of this festival.
Click here for the program.
Come to the City of Mozart and visit the Easter Festival.