Salzburg Festival 2016

This year’s Salzburg Festival will take place from 22 July to 31 August 2016 and, with 27 Askonas Holt artists involved in 67 performances, it’s set to be a fantastic five weeks.

Highlights include the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ ‘The Exterminating Angel’, conducted by the composer and starring Christine Rice, Sophie Bevan, Iestyn Davies and Sir Thomas Allen. Plus, tenor Oliver Johnston will make his festival debut in ‘The Fairy Queen’ as part of the festival’s Young Singers Project.

Radio broadcasts from the festival include ‘The Exterminating Angel’ (on ORF’s Ö1 channel, July 28 at 7:00 pm), Strauss ‘Die Liebe der Danae’ starring Jennifer Johnston, Pavel Kolgatin and Jongmin Park (on Ö1, 6 August at 7.30pm), and Massenet’s ‘Thaïs’ with Benjamin Bernheim (on BR-Klassik, 16 August at 9.00pm).

Following their appearance at Salzburg’s Easter Festival, we bring the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela back to the city for six sold-out performances of Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’ with celebrated soprano Cecilia Bartoli.

A full list of opera, concert and theatre appearances for Askonas Holt artists is below; the full programme can be viewed on the festival website.


Purcell ‘The Fairy Queen’ (27, 29, 31 July, 9, 15, 20, 27, 28 August)

Children’s opera, new production by Elena Tzavara

David Niemann (conductor)

Oliver Johnston (Franz Flaut) *debut* – as part of the festival’s Young Singers Project


Adès ‘The Exterminating Angel’ (28 July, 1, 5 & 8 August)

*world premiere* co-commissioned and produced by the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Den Kongelige Opera, Copenhagen

Thomas Adès (conductor & composer)

Christine Rice (Blanca)

Sophie Bevan (Beatriz)

Iestyn Davies (Francisco)

Sir Thomas Allen (Roc)

The opera will be broadcast live (with delay) by ORF on 28 July at 7:00 pm on the Ö1 channel


Strauss ‘Die Liebe der Danae’ (31 July, 5, 8, 12 & 15 August)

New production by Alvis Hermanis

Pavel Kolgatin, Jongmin Park (two of the Four Kings)

Jennifer Johnston (Leda)

The opera will be broadcast by ORF on 6 August at 7:30 pm on the Ö1 channel


Puccini ‘Manon Lescaut’ (1, 4 & 7 August)
Concert performances
Benjamin Bernheim (Edmondo)
Mozart ‘Don Giovanni’ (13, 18 & 21 August)
Iurii Samoilov (Masetto)
Mozart ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ (16, 19, 22, 25, 28 & 30 August)

Anna Prohaska (Susanna)

Adam Plachetka (Figaro)

Ann Murray (Marcellina)

Christina Gansch (Barbarina)


Massenet ‘Thaïs’ (16 August)
Concert performance
Benjamin Bernheim (Nicias)

The opera will be broadcast live (with delay) on 16 August at 9:00 pm on BR-Klassik .


Bernstein ‘West Side Story’ (20, 21, 23, 25, 27 & 29 August)

Original production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

Philip Wm. McKinley (director)

Cecilia Bartoli (Maria present)

Norman Reinhardt (Tony)

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Festival appearance managed by Askonas Holt. 


Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ (22 July)

Christina Gansch joins Camerata Salzburg and conductor Ádám Fischer for Mozart’s ‘Mass in C minor K.427’ (29 July)

Daniel Harding conducts Wiener Philharmoniker in Péter Eötvös’ ‘Halleluja – Oratorio balbulum’ (30 July)

Sir András Schiff
& the Jerusalem Quartet play Brahms and Weinberg Piano Quintets (1 August)

Thomas Adès joins the Calder Quartet for a performance of his own Piano Quintet (2 August)

Sir András Schiff is joined by the Salzburger Marionettentheater in this recital including Debussy’s ‘La Boîte à joujoux’ and Schumann’s ‘Papillons’ (3 August)

Zubin Mehta conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in a programme of Pärt, Mahler and Bruckner (6 & 7 August)

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform Mozart (10 August)

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are joined by Martha Argerich for Liszt’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (11 August)
The Cleveland Orchestra perform Dances from Thomas Adès’ ‘Powder Her Face’, as well as his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with Leila Josefowicz (18 August)


Emanuel Ax joins the Wiener Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat K.482 (20 & 21 August)


Giovanni Antonini conducts Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg in a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (20 & 21 August)


Veronika Eberle, Anna Prohaska and friends give a recital of works by Schubert, Webern and Pergolesi (26 August)


Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker for Boulez’s ‘Éclat’ and Mahler’s Symphony No.7 in E minor (28 August)


Sir András Schiff performs Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.5 in E flat major with the Gewandhauorchester Leipzig and Herbert Blomstedt (31 August)



Shakespeare ‘The Tempest’ (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 & 21 August)

New staging directed by Deborah Warner 

Photo by Brandon Burns, via under the CC BY-NC 2.0 license. Available here

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