Programme 2023

Richard Wagner

Our Festival conductor Andris Nelsons will be in charge of Richard Wagner’s masterpiece »Tannhäuser« in a production by the visionary director Romeo Castellucci. The main roles will be sung by Marlis Petersen, Elīna Garança, Jonas Kaufmann, Georg Zeppenfeld and Christian Gerhaher.

Choral Concert
Johannes Brahms

In 1869, Johannes Brahms’s »German Requiem« was given its first complete performance in Leipzig. The orchestra that performed it back then will now be playing it at the Easter Festival. It will be joined by the Bavarian Radio Chorus, the soloists Julia Kleiter and Christian Gerhaher, and conducted by Andris Nelsons.

Orchestral Concert I
Sofia Gubaidulina,
Anton Bruckner

Sofia Gubaidulina’s powerful orchestral work »The Wrath of God«, acclaimed by the public and critics alike, was composed for the Easter Festival but could not be premiered here because of the pandemic. It is now finally coming to Salzburg! Andris Nelsons will combine it with Anton Bruckner’s 7th Symphony.

Orchestral Concert II
Johann Sebastian Bach, Thierry Escaich, Robert Schumann

The second orchestral concert will encompass some 300 years of music history, from Johann Sebastian Bach and his Suite for Orchestra No. 3 via Robert Schumann’s 2nd Symphony to a new work for cello and orchestra by the French composer Thierry Escaich that will here be given its Austrian premiere. The soloist will be Gautier Capuçon.

Emanuel Gat

For the first-ever time, there will be a world dance premiere at the Easter Festival. The French/Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat will present a work for 14 dancers that is inspired by Richard Wagner’s »Wesendonck Lieder«.

Westbam meets Wagner

Westbam, one of the most significant electronic artists of our time, will here engage with masterpieces by Richard Wagner. This experiment will mark the beginning of a dialogue with electronic music.

Chamber Concert I
Hanns Eisler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kurt Weill, Ludwig van Beethoven

With music by Hanns Eisler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kurt Weill and Ludwig van Beethoven. Gewandhaus Wind Quintet, Kirill Gerstein, piano.

Chamber Concert II
Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Franz Schubert

With music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Franz Schubert. Gewandhaus Quartet, Gautier Capuçon, (Violoncello).

Late Night Concert

Music by Fats Waller, Claude Debussy, Stephen Sondheim et al. Gewandhaus Brass Quintet.

Introductury lecture to »Tannhäuser«

With Intendant Nikolaus Bachler.
Organised by the Association of Patrons of the Salzburg Easter Festival.