The Salzburg Festival opens tonight and includes a stellar line-up of Askonas Holt artists.
Bernard Haitink leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in tonight’s opening concert, performing Die Schöpfung with Hanno Müller-Brachmann. Maestro Haitink then returns with the orchestra later in the month for a performance of Bruckner’s Symphony no. 5. Murray Perahia leads the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a programme including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat ‘Emperor’ which he directs from the keyboard (23 August). Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker close the festival in suitable aplomb with Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s The Firebird on 31 August.
On the opera stage, Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) and Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio) star in Don Giovanni under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Dorothea Röschmann makes her role debut as Florinda in Fierrabras led by Ingo Metzmacher and also starring Markus Werba as Roland. Stefan Pop features as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and Elīna Garanča sings Léonor de Guzman in Donizetti’s La Favorite.
At the Stiftung Mozarteum hall, Anna Prohaska performs her critically acclaimed recital programme ‘Behind the Lines’ (30 July), released last month on the Deutsche Grammophon label, and Vilde Frang performs works by Brahms, Mozart and R. Strauss with duo partner Michail Lifits (24 August). Kristian Bezuidenhout joins the Mozarteum Orchester and Ivor Bolton for their Mozart Matinee concerts on 2 and 3 August , performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K.453. Finally, in her second appearance at the 2014 festival, Elīna Garanča perform songs by Brahms and Rachmaninov accompanied by Malcolm Martineau (24 August, Haus für Mozart).