Later today, I shall head off to Gatwick, for a hideously early morning flight tomorrow morning to Salzburg. Herewith a taste of what I shall be reporting on from the Salzburg Festival:
5 August – Thomas Adès’s new opera, The Exterminating Angel, ORF SO, cond. Adès; dir. Tom Cairns. Giant cast including Amanda Echalaz, Audrey Luna, Anne Sofie von Otter, Iestyn Davies, Ed Lyon, Thomas Allen, John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Sophie Bevan, et al.
6 August – Così fan tutte, Mozarteum Orchestra, cond. Ottavio Dantone; dir. Sven-Erik Bechtolf.
6 August – Natalia Zagorinskaja/Klangforum Wien/Sylvain Cambreling: works by Cerha, Kurtág (Messages of the late Miss R.V. Troussova), and Webern.
7 August – Elbenita Kajtazi/Camerata Salzburg/Alexander Prior: works by Nørgard, Mozart, Sibelius, Prokofiev
7 August – Matthias Goerne/VPO/Zubin Mehta: works by Pärt, Mahler, and Bruckner
8 August – Die Liebe der Danae, VPO, cond. Franz Welser-Möst; dir. Alvis Hermanis; cast headed by Krassimira Stoyanova and Tomasz Konieczny
9 August – Matthias Goerne/Yuja Wang – Brahms, Die schöne Magelone
10 August – West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim: Mozart Symphonies nos 39-41
11 August – Martha Argerich/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim: works by Widmann, Liszt (Piano Concerto no.1), and Wagner
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