Salzburg Festival Opens With Hofmannsthal's Jedermann

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The Salzburg Festival opens tonight with the traditional outdoor performance of the play Jedermann (Everyman) by festival co-founder Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

The opening-night schedule also includes a Vienna Philharmonic performance of works by Richard Strauss, another founder of the festival. The concert will feature baritone Thomas Hampson, and will be conducted by Christian Thielemann.

The festival runs through August 31, and will include 183 performances.

The 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.

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