2020 Salzburg Centenary 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

Elektra (Strauss, R)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > July 27 August 01 | 06 | 10 | 17 | 21 | 24

Intolleranza 1960 (Nono)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > August 09 | 15 | 23m | 27

I vespri siciliani [see Les vèpres siciliennes] (Verdi)

2020 > August 16m | 19

Don Giovanni (Mozart)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > July 28 | 31 August 06 | 09 | 15 | 21 | 24

Tosca (Puccini)

2020 > August 02 | 05 | 08m | 13

Boris Godunov (Musorgsky)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > August 20 | 23 | 25 | 28

The Messiah (Handel/Mozart)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > July 24 | 26m

Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > August 03 | 08 | 11 | 15 | 22 | 26 | 29

Don Pasquale (Donizetti)

2020 > August 09m | 12 | 14 | 16 | 18

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