2019 Salzburg Festival - Felsenreitschule

Felsenreitschule
The Felsenreitschule (former summer riding school) came into being in the 17th century at the site where conglomerate stone for building the present cathedral was quarried. Under Archbishop Johann Ernst Thun, the Felsenreitschule was carved from the rock of the Mönchsberg, according to plans by the baroque master builder Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. At that time the Felsenreitschule was used for animal baiting and riding displays. The public watched from 96 arcades arranged in three tiers. In 1926 Max Reinhardt first undertook the experiment of using the Felsenreitschule for a Festival production, staging Goldoni´s The Servant of Two Masters. In 1933 Clemens Holzmeister erected the so-called "Faust city" there, some of the most impressive stage scenery ever. Herbert von Karajan first used the Felsenreitschule to perform an operatic production, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, in 1948. There was a major transformation in 1969/70, again according to plans by Clemens Holzmeister. The 40 m stage was enlarged by a 4 m deep area beneath the stage. Collapsable seating for the audience with storage space for scenery underneath was added, as was a lighting gantry. To protect the stage a retractable roof was installed with a fine grille above it to dampen the sound of the rain. This roof can be slid open. The Felsenreitschule holds an audience of 1.437.

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Programme Felsenreitschule | Grosses Festspielhaus | Haus für Mozart

Idomeneo, Re di Creta (Mozart)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > July 27 August 02 | 06 | 09 | 12 | 15m | 19

Oedipe (Adam)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > August 11 | 14 | 17 | 24m

Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)

2019 > July 28m | 31 August 03m

Médée [Cherubini] (Cherubini)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > July 30 August 04 | 07 | 10 | 16 | 19

Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > August 15 | 18m | 20 | 24 | 27 | 29

Luisa Miller (Verdi)

2019 > August 25m | 31

Alcina (Händel)

2019 > August 08 | 10 | 13 | 16 | 18

Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > August 14m | 17m | 21m | 23 | 26 | 30

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