A couple of more days to go and Salzburg is going to celebrate the grand opening of the Salzburg Festival, one of the most famous cultural events in the world. Next to a cornucopia full of world-class cultural events, it will be the many international visitors who will dominate the scene in Salzburg over the next couple of weeks.
Salzburg Festival – The Opening
The traditional opening event of the Salzburg Festival is going to take place from Friday, 20th to Saturday, 21st July 2012.
This year, the Salzburg Festival wants to encourage Salzburgians and all visitors to be part of the action with many concerts, rehearsals, a film premiere and many more events all around town!
Day 1 features mainly folklore and traditional events, with the highlight again being the annual Fackeltanz (torch dance) at dusk at Residenzplatz.
Admission to many of these events is free. Few of the performances only offer limited seating and therefore require tickets, which you can obtain at the Salzburg Festival box office (2 tickets max. per person).
Good to know: The tickets also allow you to use the local public transport (trolley bus, S-Bahn).
Salzburg Festival 2012: Programme
The programme of the Salzburg Festival 2012 is a firework of innovative ideas. New Artistic Director Alexander Pereira and Drama Director Sven-Eric Bechtolf open a cornucopia of new productions, opera, literary classics and world premieres.
The opera programme boasts classics such as Carmen (conducted by Simon Rattle and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra), the Magic Flute and La Bohème.
Cecilia Bartoli, new Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, is going to sing the Cleopatra next to Andreas Scholl in Handel’s „Giulio Cesare“.
Get more information on the programme of the Salzburg Festival 2012