In 2024, we are inviting artists from Rome, the Eternal City, to present a Festival
Programme for you: the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical Institutions in the world and is home to an excellent choir and the most important symphony orchestra in Italy. This top orchestra is led by long-time principal conductor Antonio Pappano.
Salzburg has enjoyed several centuries of close links with Italy: through the Church, through music – through Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart most of all – and through a theatrical, playful attitude to life itself. We want to revisit this historical bond and explore Italy in all its facets: in opera, concert, song and dance.
For the first-ever time in Salzburg, we shall be staging Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera »La Gioconda« – a passionate drama about love, jealousy, betrayal and magnanimity. The principal roles will be sung by Anna Netrebko, Luca Salsi and Jonas Kaufmann. Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem will be the centrepiece of our concert programme, and you will also be able to get to know rarely performed masterpieces by Ottorino Respighi, Victor de Sabata and Luciano Berio. Our guest conductor in 2024 will be the outstanding young artist Jakub Hrůša, who has recently been appointed the new Music Director of the Royal Opera Covent Garden in London. Together with Pinchas Zukerman as soloist, he will offer a musical perspective on Italy from outside the country, with works by Hector Berlioz and Bohuslav Martinů. The Festival programme will be rounded off with two song recitals featuring Lise Davidsen, Freddie De Tommaso and Christian Gerhaher. In 2024, we shall once more be breaking new ground through the inclusion of dance and electronic music. We are delighted to invite you to come and brave these experiments with us.
So come to Salzburg! At Easter 2024, you will find that you, too, are in Arcadia.
NIKOLAUS BACHLER Intendant of the Salzburg Easter Festival