Salzburger Festspiele

HarrisonParrott artists perform at the Salzburger Festspiele

20 July 2017

HarrisonParrott artists perform at the Salzburger Festspiele from 21 July to 30 August.  

On 22 JulyKent Nagano and Pierre-Laurent Aimard perform with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The programme begins with Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, followed by Aimard playing Messiaen’s La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ. Then on 26 AugustMaxime Pascale performs Grisey’s Espaces Acoustiques with ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. This marks Pascal’s first performance at the Festival since he won the Young Conductor’s Award in 2014.

Sol Gabetta will return to Salzburg for a recital with the Hagen Quartet where she will play Schubert's String Quintet at Mozarteum Salzburg on 7 August. She will then perform at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Berg’s Violin Concerto with musicAeterna, conducted by Teodor Currentzis on 10 August.

Percussionist Martin Grubinger will appear twice at the Festival. Firstly, on 11 August he will perform works by Xenakis, Saariaho and Grisey with oenm. österreichisches ensemble für neue musik, his Percussive Planet Ensemble and Peter Rundel. This is followed by a recital on 19 August where he will join Vilde Frang, Nicolas Alstaedt and Dejan Lazić to play Shostakovich's Symphony No.15 arranged for violin, violoncello, piano and percussion. 

On 15 August, pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs composer Jörg Widmann's Sonatina facile. Yulianna Avdeeva, in her debut, and Constantinos Carydis join forces for two Mozart-Matinée concerts on 19 and 20 August. Alongside the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, they perform in an all-Mozart programme, featuring his Piano Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and Fantasia. Other highlights of Avdeeva’s prolific summer include reinvitations to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Kent Nagano, La Roque-d'Anthéron and the Chopin Festival in Warsaw where she is a regular guest. Then on 25 August, Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

Riccardo Minasi performs at the Festival on 27 July when he conducts the ‘Official Opening Ceremony’ of the Festival following the first week of concerts. On that same day Russell Thomas and Golda Schultz appear at the Festival as Tito and Vitellia respectively in Peter Sellar’s highly anticipated new production of La clemenza di Tito, conducted by Teodor Currentzis performances run until 21 August.

Making his debut at the Festival, Russell Thomas first sang Tito at The Metropolitan Opera under Harry Bicket, and reprises the production for his debut at Dutch National Opera next season. A major heroic voice of the moment, Russell adds Verdi’s Otello to his repertoire in the autumn in concert performances with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, and will join Washington National Opera as Don Carlos under Philippe Auguin. In Europe, Russell returns to Oper Frankfurt as Henri (Les vêpres siciliennes) and makes his first appearances in Helsinki as Florestan (Fidelio) with Hannu Lintu and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Golda Schultz makes a welcome return to Salzburg after her highly acclaimed debut there in 2015 as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) under Franz Welser-Möst. She starts the new season with a bang, as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) under James Levine at The Metropolitan Opera, which will be broadcast live tonight to cinemas around the world, and marks her debut in this pivotal Theatre. 

John Daszak sings Tambour Major in William Kentridge’s production of Wozzeck, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and opening on 8 August, and Gun-Brit Barkmin and Derek Welton join Franz Welser-Möst for Simon Stone’s production of Reimann’s Lear, as Regan and Duke of Albany respectively, opening 20 August.