Easter Festival
From 23 March to 27 March 2024

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    At the crossroads of Italian and German cultures, Salzburg is an enchantment. It’s no wonder that the Austrian city is nicknamed the “Rome of the North” as it is so full of baroque treasures! Among its many churches, you should visit the fascinating Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and the sumptuous Cathedral. With its beautiful gardens, Mirabell Castle is another jewel of the city, as is the Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.


    But if Salzburg is so pleasant, it’s because of its unique way of life. Its exceptional geographical location, its terraces and its gastronomy deeply seduce the visitor. After the cold of winter, the Salzburg Easter Festival has put together a programme that pays homage to Italy. In residence, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome conducted by Antonio Pappano is at the top of the bill, with several symphonic concerts.Verdi’s sumptuous Requiem and a performance of Ponchielli’s La Gioconda crown a wonderful transalpine stopover. As always at the Salzburg Festival, the guest singers and musicians are superlative: Sonya Yoncheva, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Pinchas Zukerman… Benvenuti a Salisburgo e viva la musica!

    A programme that pays homage to Italy
    The program
    La Gioconda, A. Ponchielli
    March 23, 2024
    Boccherini / Berio / Ponchielli / De Sabata / Respighi
    March 24, 2024
    Choral concert / Messa da requiem, by G. Verdi
    March 25, 2024
    Choral concert II – H. Berlioz / B. Martinů
    March 26, 2024
    Saturday 23 of march - Salzbourg

    At 6 p.m., at the Grosses Festspielhaus:


    LA GIOCONDA, by A. PonchielliPREMIERE


    Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome

    Antonio Pappano : Musical direction

    Olivier Mears : Director


    Anna Netrebko: La Gioconda

    Agnieszka Rehlis: The ICCS

    Jonas Kaufmann: Enzo Grimaldo

    Tareq Nazmi: Alvise Badoero

    Eve-Maud Hubeaux: Laura

    Luca Salsi: Barnaba

    Nicolo Donini: Zuane


    During his lifetime, Amilcare Ponchielli was considered the most important Italian composer along with Verdi. Posterity may have been less radiant than for Verdi’s “Busetto’s Swan”, but the fact remains that the opera La Gioconda (first performed at La Scala in 1876) has never left the stage. Inspired by Victor Hugo’s play Angelo Tyrant of Padua, the story is set in 17th-century Venice. With a beautiful Italianness, Ponchielli delivers particularly characteristic arias, to which is added the famous Ballet of the Hours used in the cinema in Disney’s Fantasia. It is a joy to hear an opera in which the four roles have so many moments of anthology, and it is even more so when these roles are fulfilled by an extraordinary cast: Anna Netrebko (Gioconda), Jonas Kaufmann (Enzo), Luca Salsi (Barnaba) and the wonderful French mezzo Eve-Maud Hubeaux (Laura). The musical and dramatic team inspires the most beautiful promises: Oliver Mears is a famous director in Great Britain and the conductor Antonio Pappano has shown countless times how familiar he is with the Italian operatic repertoire.

    Sunday 24 of march - Salzbourg

    At 7 p.m., at the Grosses Festspielhaus:




    Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome

    Antonio Pappano: Musical direction


    – L. Boccherini, L. Berio: La ritirata notturna di Madrid

    – A. Ponchielli: Elegia

    – V. From Sabata: Juventus

    – O. Respighi: Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma


    Fascinating and too little known Italian music of the twentieth century! At the head of his Orchestra of the Académie Sainte-Cécile, maestro Antonio Pappano corrects this injustice in the repertoire with a program of profound originality. Is it because Italian composers most often devote themselves to opera that their symphonic works are more rarely performed?A century earlier, Amilcare Ponchielli triumphed on the operatic stage but saw his beautiful Elegia for orchestra relegated to the shadows. If Victor De Sabata‘s Juventus remains unlikely, it is more because De Sabata is known as a great conductor, adored by singers such as Maria Callas, somewhat obscuring his own compositions. Listening to his play Juventus will be an authentic discovery. Concluding this formidable programme, Pappano conducts the two undeniable “hits” of modern Italian music: the exuberant Fountains of Rome and the spectacular Pines of Rome that Ottorino Respighi dedicated to the Italian capital.

    Monday 25 of march - Salzbourg

    At 7 p.m., at the Grosses Festspielhaus:




    Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome

    Choir of the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome

    Antonio Pappano: Musical direction


    Masabane C. Rangwanasha: Soprano

    Judit Kutasi: Mezzo-soprano

    Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor

    Michele Pertusi: Bass

    G. Verdi: Requiem


    It has often been said that the Requiem is Verdi’s most beautiful opera. And why not? Although it uses the text of the Catholic liturgy, the Requiem is not religious in the strict sense of the term. The entire work is indeed marked by death and terror, making this vast symphonic and choral fresco a sublime humanist protest. It is indeed the passions of man, their beauties and their terrible strengths, that Verdi sings with incomparable tension. This prodigious musical monument will be performed by a high-flying vocal team: Judit Kutasi, Michele Pertusi and star Jonas Kaufmann. Recent winner of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha will be a true revelation. An admirable opera conductor, Antonio Pappano with his Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, finds in Verdi’s Requiem a score worthy of his lyrical temperament and expressive genius…

    Tuesday 26 of march - Salzbourg

    At 7 p.m., at the Grosses Festspielhaus:


    CONCERT ORCHESTRAL II – H. Berlioz / B. Martinů


    Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome

    Jakub Hrůša: Conductor

    Pinchas Zukerman: Viola


    – H. Berlioz: The Roman Carnival

    – B. Martinů: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca, H. 352

    – H. Berlioz: Harold in Italy, op. cit. 16


    Pinchas Zukerman is one of the greatest violinists in history. But it is on the viola, the other instrument that he masters to perfection, that the Israeli musician performs tonight. On the programme is one of the absolute masterpieces of the Romantic repertoire, the sublime Harold in Italy, in which Berlioz offers the viola pages of dripping lyricism. Led by Jakub Hrůša, a Czech conductor with a meteoric rise and promise to be the musical conductor of the world’s greatest orchestras, the programme also highlights Italy’s prodigious influence on composers. In addition to Berlioz’s dazzling Roman Carnival, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome presents the exuberant and little-known Frescoes of Piero della Francesca by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. A work inspired by Italian Renaissance painting and carried by a sumptuous orchestration. Magnificent!

    Hotel selection

    Opposite the Palais des Festivals, the Goldener Hirsch, dear to music lovers, saw Mozart born almost on its doorstep… Comfortable and warm, it is the Salzburg institution par excellence.

    SACHER (*****SUP.)

    On the banks of the Salzach, facing the grandiose panorama of the old town, the Fortress and the Alps, the Sacher is a hotel of great tradition, elegance and impeccable service.


    Goldener Hirsch:
    Deluxe double room package: €5,850
    Deluxe single room package: €9,000

    Junior Suite Package: €6,280



    Package in a Deluxe double room with river view: €6,350
    Deluxe single room package with river view: €9,950



    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 4 nights from 23 to 27 March 2024 • tourist tax • category I show tickets for 4 performances • repatriation assistance.


    The price of this trip does not include: extras • transportation • airport transfers.



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    Transport and airport transfers on request.



    Programme and prices are subject to change by the festival or by government decision, due to possible health constraints.



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