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Salzburg - Summer
From 15 to 18 august 2019
Limited number of participants
An exceptional distribution with
Sonya Yoncheva, Cecilia Bartoli and Daniel Barenboim
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Salzburg - Summer

An exceptional distribution with
Sonya Yoncheva, Cecilia Bartoli and Daniel Barenboim

Salzburg is more than just the city of Mozart. Of course, no trip there is complete without visiting the composer’s birthplace at 9 Getreidegasse. But the former Prince-Archbishopric boasts a fascinating history dating back to prehistoric times. Taking a humorous approach, the Salzburg Museum explores the golden hours of this enchanting city. The Cathedral district also reveals some unusual treasures, such as the famous cabinet of curiosities, hidden from the public eye for several centuries. Poetry enthusiasts will certainly want to visit the house on the magnificent Waagplatz where the great lyrical poet Georg Trakl was born.


The prestigious Salzburg Summer Festival further builds on this trip down memory lane, this desire to closely probe the city’s past. Markus Hinterhäuser, its Art Director, decided to conjure up the gods and myths of opera. Medea, Orpheus, Idomeneus, Alcina, and more. Exceptional evenings with furious passions raging on-stage. A parade of stars (Yoncheva as Medea, Bartoli as Alcina, Sandrine Piau, Martha Argerich, etc.) and ingenious directors (Sellars, Kosky, Stone): in the idyllic setting of the Austrian Alps, this trip is most certainly an Olympian one!

Your program

Thursday 15 August


3.30 p.m., at the Felsenreitschule – optional performance:


Idomeneo, by W.A. Mozart

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra


Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

Peter Sellars, Director


Russel Thomas, Idomeneo

Paula Murrihy, Idamante
Ying Fang, Ilia
Nicole Chevalier, Elettra

Jonathan Lemalu, Nettuno/La voce


American director Peter Sellars had revolutionised our vision of Mozart’s operas in the 1990s. The Californian enfant terrible is renewing the experience by joining forces with the ingenious and provocative conductor, Teodor Currentzis, for a show that will likely set tongues wagging. In terms of both substance (Sellars likes to bring contemporary political issues to the operatic stage) and musical form (Currentzis tends to appropriate the works he interprets to create an organic whole), Idomeneo will unleash passions. One thing is beyond doubt: Mozart’s first undeniable operatic masterpiece will experience a second, formidable revival.



8 p.m., at the Haus für Mozart:


Concert – Barenboim/argerich

West-eastern Divan Orchestra musicians


Martha Argerich, Piano

Daniel Barenboim, Piano

– Sergei Prokofief: Ouverture on Hebrew Themesop.34

– Robert Shumann: Andante and variations for

2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn in B flat major

– Dimitri Schostakowitch: Quintet for piano and strings in G flat, op. 57


Op. 57 is the only quintet from Schostakowitch, with such an instrumental richness, to be almost compared to an orchestral piece. Composed in 1940, the Quintet shows its full emotional impact, which goes far beyond a simple and common piece. The second movement, a fugue, as a tribute to Bach, has been honored by Prokofief, whose enchanting Ouverture on Hebrew Themes will be also performed. With West-eastern Divan Orchestra Israelis and Palestinians musicians, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboïm will offer the best evening of Russian music.


Friday 16 August 


7 p.m., at Grosses Festspielhaus:


Medée, by L. Cherubini

Vienna Philharmonic


Thomas Hengelbrock, Conductor

Simon Stone, Director


Sonya Yoncheva, Medea

Pavel Chernoch, Jason

Vitalij Kowaljov, Créon

Rosa Feola, Dircé

Alisa Kolosova, Néris


Brahms considered it “the apex of dramatic music”. A work spanning classicism and romanticism, Chérubini’s Medea (1797) is enjoying a brilliant resurrection. After her impressive interpretation at the Berlin Staatsoper, Sonya Yoncheva once again takes up this overwhelmingly dramatic and expressive role. The Bulgarian soprano’s presence has already been compared with that of Maria Callas, another star to have performed the role! In addition, this Salzburg production relies on the theatrical science of magician Simon Stone, who proposed a magnificent spoken version of the Medea of Euripides to the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris.


Saturday 17 August


3 p.m. at the Haus für Mozart:


Orpheus in the underworld, by J. Offenbach

Vienna Philharmonic


Enrique Mazzola, Conductor

Barrie Kosky, Director


Marcel Beekman, Aristaeus/Pluto

Martin Winkler, Jupiter

Joel Prieto, Orpheus

Kathryn Lewek, Euridice

Anne Sophie Von Otter, Public Opinion


First good news about this Salzburg version of Orpheus in the Underworld: Franco-Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola, who is unrivalled in bringing warmth and depth to the Offenbach orchestra. Among the cast, we also look forward to seeing the formidable Anne-Sofie von Otter portray the role of Public Opinion, and the delightful Léa Desandre as Venus. Last but not least, this eagerly awaited performance will also showcase the inventive stage design of Barrie Kosky, who will combine humour with the brilliant fantasy required by opera buffa.


Sunday 18 August


6.30 p.m. at the Haus für Mozart- optional performance:


Alcina, by G.F. Haendel

The Prince’s Musicians – Monaco


Gianluca Capuano, Conductor

Damiano Michieletto, Director


Cecilia Bartoli,  Alcina

Philippe Jaroussky, Ruggiero
Sandrine Piau, Morgana
Kristina Hammarström, Bradamante

Christoph Strehl, Oronte

Alastair Miles, Melisso


Created in London in 1735, Alcina is a “wonderful” opera that abounds with magical transformations and supernatural effects that delighted Baroque opera audiences. Haendel offers each character flights of lyricism that truly stand out among all his stage productions. Take Morgana (interpreted by Sandrine Piau) and her aria “Tornami a vagheggiar”, or Ruggiero (sung here by Philippe Jaroussky), whose dazzling “Verdi Prati” was initially written for the castrato Carestini – although Haendel may have drawn most of his inspiration from the role of the magician, Alcina. Accompanied by Les Musiciens du Prince Monaco (The Prince’s Musicians, a period-instrument orchestra) and with stage design by Damiano Michieletto, the Roman mezzo will send shivers down your spine through the majestic, soothing “Ah mio cor”, an earth-moving amorous plea that continues for 10 minutes.

Price per person



Hotel Star Inn Gablerbräu (***) :

Business double room package : 2 310€
Supplement for Standard single room : 201€


Hotel Sacher (*****sup.) :

Double Deluxe room package : 3 490€
Supplement for Standard single room : 900€


Hotel Blaue Gans (****) :

On demand




Optional performances – First category tickets :

IDOMENEO on 15 August at 3.30 p.m: 660€
ALCINA on 18 August at 6.30 p.m: 660€




Extra night, breakfast included:


Star Inn:

Double room : 137€
Supplement for Standard single room : 67€


Sacher :

Double room : 475€
Supplement for Standard single room : 300€


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Salzburg - Summer
From 15 to 18 august 2019
Travel Manager

Elisabeth Belloc
+33 1 43 59 20 32


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Elisabeth Belloc
+33 1 43 59 20 32


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