On 20 JulyJörg Widmann performs Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps during the Ouverture spirituelle concerts, joining forces with Nicolas Altstaedt, Alina Ibragimova and Alexander Lonquich. On 21 and 22 August Jörg Widmann conducts the Mozarteumorchester in Mozart-Matinee Concerts, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and conducting the overture of La nozze die Figaro and Mozart’s Symphony No.41 “Jupiter”.
Pablo Heras-Casado takes part in two joint programmes alongside Jordi Savall. Leading the Klangforum Wien, he conducts Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum on 20 July, and Luigi Dallapiccola’s Canti di prigionia on 22 July, joined here also by the choir Cantando Admont.
Maxime Pascal conducts two performances at Salzburg Festival. On 23 July he conducts SWR Symphonieorchester and singers from Bachchor Salzburg in works by Klaus Huber, Luigi Nono, and Giacinto Scelsi. On 24 July he conducts his ensemble Le Balcon in a performing of Stockhausen’s Inori, in collaboration with Emmanuelle Grach and Florent Dérex.
This summer Riccardo Minasi returns to Salzburg Festival for two matinee concerts on 24 and 25 July to perform the 2020 postponed programme along with his orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg. The featured works are Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli in C major ‘Paukenmesse’ and Beethoven’s Egmont for soprano, narrator and orchestra op. 84.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes three appearances at this year’s Salzburg Festival. On 26 July she performs Luigi Nono’s work La Nontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, for violin and eight-track tape, with sound direction by André Richard. On 28 July her project Dies Irae is brought to the Festival, exploring the relationship between humanity and the climate crisis. On 12 August Kopatchinskaja performs Pierrot Lunaire with regular collaborators Júlia Gállego, Joonas Ahonen, Meesun Hong Coleman, Thomas Kaufmann, and a special appearance by Andreas Ottensamer.
Patrick Hahn this year makes his conducting debut with a new opera commissioned by the Festival, Vom Stern, der nicht leuchten konnte, composed by Elisabeth Naske. The world premiere takes place on 30 July, with further performances on 1, 10, 13, 15, 18 and 22 August.
Lawrence Zazzoreturns to the Salzburg Festival as Disinganno in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. Robert Carsen’s production opens on 4 August, conducted by Gianluca Capuano. The production had its first outing at the Whitsun Festival in May and received excellent reviews, where Lawrence was particularly praised for beguiling the audience with a voice “pure as a bell” (Wiener Zeitung).
This year Martin Grubinger returns to the Salzburg Festival for two concerts. On 5 August he joins forces with Dietmar Wiesner (flute) and Markus Hinterhäuser (piano), Intendant of the Salzburg Festival, for a chamber music recital featuring Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry for flute, percussion and piano at Kollegienkirche Salzburg. He then returns on 22 August with The Percussive Planet ensemble and baritone Georg Nigl for a recital at Felsenreitschule, performing works by Maki Ishii, PETEREÖTVÖS, Iannis Xenakis and others.
Sarah Aristidou makes her Salzburg Festival debut on 13 August in a concert performance of Morton Feldman’s one act opera, Neither with ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under Ilan Volkov.
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