The 2018 Salzburg Easter Festival begins this weekend, presenting a range of opera, concert and chamber music performances from 24 March to 2 April.
Bookending the festival is a new production of Puccini’s Tosca, directed by Michael Sturminger. Andrea Mastroni sings the role of Cesare Angelotti, alongside Anja Harteros as Tosca, Aleksandrs Antoņenko as Cavaradossi, and Ludovic Tézier as Scarpia. The festival’s Artistic Director, Christian Thielemann, conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden.
On 27 and 30 March, Elīna Garanča joins Christian Thielemann and Staatskapelle Dresden for two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 at the Grosses Festspielhaus, which follow on from critically-acclaimed performances of this programme at the Semperoper in February. Elīna arrives in Salzburg straight from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival where she sings Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder and Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker on Sunday evening. The performance from Baden-Baden will be released on DVD by EuroArts, and will be broadcast live by ARTE Concert.
On 29 March, Robin Tritschler will make his debut at the festival, performing the tenor arias in Bach’s St John Passion. This concert forms part of a large Collegium Vocale tour lead by Philippe Herreweghe, which also includes major venues in Dresden, Amsterdam and Antwerp. The St John Passion will be recorded for CD release.