In this very special year, they didn’t want to give up, kept confidence. Their determination seems to have been the ” right choice “. The organisers of the Salzburg festival have decided to keep the edition 2020, the centennial, in spite of the crisis of the sars coronavirus. While the festivals of Easter and Pentecost had to be cancelled in the middle of the period of confinement and the impossibility for artists and spectators to travel to the heart of Austria, Helga Rabl-Stadler, president of the prestigious event, has just announced the program of the summer session.
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Heavily remodeled, it offers all the same 110 lifts the curtain (compared to 200), from the 1st to the 30 August, instead of July 18 to August 30, as planned. Certainly, the lyrical program has dramatically ” melted “, the terms and conditions of reps and the engagement, well before the first of very many musicians and technicians proved to be incompatible with the constraints of sanitary ware. Of ten operas, the offer to two : Elektra Richard Strauss (composer associated since the origin of the festival) and Cosi fan tutte Mozart, the child of the country we can only imagine that he is not present for the 100 years of the festival !
Torrential ” Elektra “ and irresistible ” Cosi “…
The tragic story of the daughter of Agamemnon, carried away by the music pouring from Strauss, will be served by the team initially announced : Krzysztof Warlikowski staging and Franz Welser-Möst at the musical direction. As for the marivaudage mozart, as tender, as playful, funny as melancholic, he will be entrusted to the conductor Joana Mallwitz, the first woman to hold the wand for an opera at the Salzburg festival. To note that the singers belong to the young generation a voice ; and honour to France as Elsa Dreisig, Marianne Crebassa and Lea Desandre represent the three heroines women of this Cosi that was not the initial program of the publishing 2020 !
Side theatre, Zdenek Adamac, original text of Peter Handke, will be given by creation, whilstEverywoman the Swiss Milo Rau should also attract the interest of lovers of contemporary writing. Not to mention, annual ritual unchanging registered since 1920 in the history of Salzburg, 14 representations of Jedemannthe play of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who also was one of the fathers of the festival.
A health protocol tight
To meet the requirements of health and to reassure the public, the organisers indicate that, in addition to the measures which had now become the “classic” hygiene, flow control and distancing, all tickets will be registered. It is to be able to keep the contact details of the spectators to prevent them if a case of infection was detected after the representation to which they attended.
There are 80 000 tickets, instead of the 230 000 initially projected, which are put on sale by the festival, which takes place in a country where the impact of the sars coronavirus has been relatively low – less than 700 deaths to 16 889 cases detected in Austria. The epidemic is now seen as circumscribed but we cannot forget that Salzburg became a small summary of the world during the summer, with the festival attracting fans from all over the world and international artists. Remains to be seen now that each other, may come in peace and freedom.