The Salzburg Festival 2014 outlines its program


Each year the Salzburg Festival stands out as one of the highlights of the opera season, and Cecilia Bartolli (who has served as the event’s artistic director since 2012) will be presenting the details of the 2014 programme over the next few weeks.
The Salzburg Festival's first notes, however, are already being sounded on the event's official website, outlining the coming edition’s schedule.  And, as usual, it’s an enticing programme featuring some impressive vocal talents.

The grand finales of both the Spring and Summer Salzburg Festivals feature a Cenerentola (by Gioachino Rossini) with Cecilia Bartoli in the role of Angelina (Cenerentola), conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi with his Matheuz Ensemble.
Equally intriguingly, the Festival will offer Il Trovatore (by Giuseppe Verdi) with Plácido Domingo (Count di Luna) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) under the baton of Daniele Gatti ; Der Rosenkavalier (Richard Strauss) with, among others, Sophie Koch in the role of Octavian conducted by Zubin Mehta, and Don Giovanni (Wolfgang A. Mozart) with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role surrounded by a young generation of performers.
As it is every year, the Festival will also be an opportunity to (re)discover some less-frequently performed works. In 2014, for example, Salzburg will feature Fierrabras, the opera by Franz Schubert inspired by the Eginhard und Emma legend and the Chanson de Roland, staged by Peter Stein. And to demonstrate (as if it were necessary) that opera is a living art constantly renewed, the Festival will offer a new work, Charlotte Salomon, specially commissioned from composer Marc-André Dalbavie (who will conduct), inspired by Charlotte Salomon’s Leben? oder Theater?, combining pictorial and musical art.
Finally, the 2014 Salzburg Festival’s opera schedule will include works in concert version : La Favorite (Gaetano Donizetti) with Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Flórez and Ludovic Tézier as well as a Tristan und Isolde (Richard Wagner) presented by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim, with Peter Seiffert (Tristan), Waltraud Meier (Isolde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Brangäne) and René Pape (King Marke). The diversity of the Festival’s offerings should provide something to suit everyone’s taste in the tumultuous Salzburg season. In any case, we’ll see you in Salzburg next summer !

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