Under the theme “Mozart Lives”, the Mozart Week, which still counts as an insider tip among the Salzburg Festival series, commemorates the birthday of her famous son. In his second year as artistic director, Rolando Villazón focuses on chamber music for brass and woodwind, including the famous Stadler Quintet. The staged production of Le nozze di Figaro and Mozart's German version of Handel's Messiah offer a full orchestral sound. As every year, the Vienna Philharmonic is also a welcome guest. Look forward to top-class musical enjoyment and experience the enchanting charm of a wintry Salzburg against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks!

Easter Festival
In July 2020, Nikolaus Bachler took over the directorship from Prof. Peter Ruzicka and will henceforth be responsible for the tradition-rich festival.
A highlight in 2021 will certainly be Puccini's "Tosca" with soprano Anna Netrebko as Turandot under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann - even if, for corona reasons, the work will "only" be heard in a concert version at the Easter Festival.
The popular orchestral and choral concerts of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, combined with performances by outstanding solo artists such as Hilary Hahn or Denis Matsuev, will once again provide all visitors with an impressive cultural experience this year after the painful cancellation in 2020.

Pentecost Festival
Roma æterna - to the Eternal City and her own homeland, artistic director Cecilia Bartoli pays special homage with the 2021 program.
Since ancient times, Rome has always flaunted its grandeur, fascinating its visitors and sometimes overburdening its inhabitants.
Handel's oratorio Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, composed in Rome in 1707, also had to withstand the tests of time, and Robert Carsen is restaging it for the Whitsun Festival. The work was written during a period when opera performances were forbidden in Rome. The young Handel, who was interested in this genre, found other ways to circumvent this prohibition.
Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Puccini's Tosca, each with top-class cast roles, will be heard in concert form, as well as concert programs related to the Italian capital. Roma æterna inspired so many poets, painters, sculptors, composers: listen for yourself!

Salzburg Festival
The Salzburg Festival 2021 - 168 performances at 17 venues are planned from July 17 to August 31. In normal times, this would probably not be worth a headline, but in these weeks and months, the announced program resembles the "hottest spot for festivals," as President Helga Rabl-Stadler puts it.
As a new production, the always Mozart-savvy audience can look forward to a "Don Giovanni" from the hand of Romeo Castellucci under the musical direction of Teodor Currentzis. Carried over from last year are the celebrated "Elektra" and "Così fan tutte."
Lars Eidinger and Verena Altenberger are the new faces of "Jedermann," the "perennial favorite" on Cathedral Square since 1920. Wonderful concert programs, plays, song recitals - thoughtfully put together for years by artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser - complete the diverse program.
The founding idea of the festival seems more topical today than it has for a long time. In the midst of the First World War, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt and Richard Strauss had the dream of creating a festival that would bring people together and promote peace. Since then, the Salzburg Festival "in the heart of Europe" has been committed to representing the entire world of culture. From South to North, West to East, from Mozart to Nono.
Whether long-time aficionados or curious first-time visitors, Salzburg and its summer festival cast a spell over every music enthusiast.