The 2005 festival will take place July 25-August 31, 2005, and will include 183 performances. The festival opens with the traditional peformance of Hugo von Hofmannsthal's play Jedermann along with a Vienna Philharmonic concert of works by Richard Strauss, the festival's co-founder. The concert will feature baritone Thomas Hampson, and will be conducted by Christian Thielemann.
The festival lineup features new productions of Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten, Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto and Die Zauberfl‹te, and Verdi's La traviata, along with a revival of Mozart's CosÐ fan tutte.
The concert program includes performances of the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Dresdener Staatskapelle, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Camerata Salzburg will present three concerts featuring Schreker's work, and a special concert will celebrate the 80th birthday of baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, a longtime festival performer.
Solo recitalists include mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and pianists Andr_s Schiff, Arcadi Volodos, Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang, Ivo Pogorelich, and Maurizio Pollini.
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will give four performances of Bausch's Nelken (Carnations), set to music by Schubert, Gershwin, Lehar, Louis Armstrong, and others.
The festival's theater program, with the theme "We the Barbarians: News From Civilization," features productions of ‹d‹n von Horvšth's Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald, Franz Grillparzer's K‹nig Ottokars Gl‹ck und Ende, and Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea.
Plans for the 2006 festival include productions of each of Mozart's operas, and the renovation of Kleines Festspielhaus, the festival's original venue, into a modern performance space called the House of Mozart.