The Salzburg Festival takes place this year for the first time under the directorship of Alexander Pereira. From 20 July until 2 September 2012 – six weeks instead of the previous five – there will be 232 opera, concert and theatre performances at 14 venues.

One of the new features of the festival is the “Ouverture spirituelle” series, as part of which Johannes Maria Staud’s Infin che ’l mar fu sovra noi richiuso will be given its world première. The new work, a commission by the festival, will be performed by the Camerata Salzburg and the accentus chamber choir.

On 25 August Georg Friedrich Haas’ new orchestral work “… e[nbsp]finisci già?” will be premièred by the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg conducted by Michael Gielen.

UE highlights at this year’s Salzburg Festival include:

Johannes Maria Staud: Infin che ’l mar fu sovra noi richiuso
for choir, three trombones, percussion and string quartet
prem. 23/07/2012, Kirche St. Peter; accentus chamber choir, Camerata Salzburg, cond. Laurence Equilbey

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute
version for children for chamber ensemble arranged by Alexander Krampe
Austrian prem. 28/07/2012 Great Hall of the University; soloists of the Young Singers Project, Philharmonie Salzburg Ensemble, cond. Elisabeth Fuchs, stage direction: Ulrich Peter

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs
for mezzo-soprano and 7 instruments
31/07/2012, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Pablo Heras-Casado, Elina Garanca, ms

Pierre Boulez: Dérive 1
for 6 instruments
31/07/2012, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Pablo Heras-Casado

Friedrich Cerha: 1. Keintate
for medium voice (chansonnier) and instruments
15/08/2012, Great Hall of the University; Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, cond. Johannes Kalitzke, Horst Maria Merz, chansonnier

Georg Friedrich Haas: “... e finisci già?”
for orchestra
prem. 25/08/2012, Mozarteum; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, cond. Michael Gielen

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