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Salzburg Summer Festival 2019

22. May 2019 0

The Salzburg Summer Festival 2019 in Salzburg from July 20 – August 31, 2019

The Salzburg Festival is already an institution in the international festival calendar – this year it will take place from 20 July to 31 August 2019. The city’s reputation is anchored in the minds (and hearts) of the people of Salzburg as the European Capital of Culture. And rightly so, because the internationally renowned and esteemed festival took place for the first time back in 1920. The idea of using the city itself and its many traditional venues as musical venues was promoted by great representatives of the arts such as Max Reinhardt and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The concept planned – and still plans – to present plays, operas, concerts (today) in three festival halls and on many other squares of the city, concert halls, churches, and stages, outdoors and in closed rooms. On 22 August 1920, the performance of “Jedermann” actually took place on Domplatz – the birth of the Salzburg Festival.

Once again it was Herbert von Karajan who made the Salzburg Festival the internationally renowned and popular festival we know today. Until his death in 1989, the Maestro shaped the image of the festival, and the construction of the Great Festival Hall, for example, was his initiative. In addition to the Großer Festspielhaus, the Haus für Mozart and the Felsenreitschule, the performances of the Salzburg Festival also take place in the Felsenreitschule, the Faistauer Foyer and the Domplatz. The Salzburg Festival is incomparably diverse and remains true to its original mission: the Salzburg Festival has always been a festival of reconciliation and peace!

The artistic program also has socio-political ambitions, as an excerpt from the summer program proves: “The opening premiere will be Mozart’s Idomeneo. Here the ruler is forced to act consciously, torn between his duty to the gods and his love for his family. With Œdipe in George Enescu’s opera of the same name, however, we are confronted by an ignorant man: He becomes innocent guilty. Family and political conflicts also provide a gripping plot for Simon Boccanegra. Verdi’s work reminds us of the fateful chains in the great ancient narratives”. We have summarized the festival highlights for you:


Idomeneo von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Felsenreitschule
Dramma per musica in drei Akten KV 366 (1781)

  • Saturday, 27 July 2019, 06.00 p.m. (Premiere)
  • Friday, 2 August 2019, at 06.30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 6 August 2019, at 06.30 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 August 2019, at 06.30 p.m.
  • Monday, 12 August 2019, at 04.00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 15 August 2019, 03.00 p.m.
  • Monday, 19 August 2019, at 06.30 p.m.


  • Saturday, 20 July, 09.00 p.m. Premiere
  • Sunday, 21 July, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 25 July, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 28 July, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 3, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 August, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 11th, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 13 August, at 05.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 14 August, at 05.00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 17, at 09.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 21, at 05.00 p.m.
  • Friday, 23 August, at 05.00 p.m.
  • Monday, 26 August, at 05.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 28 August, at 04:00 p.m.


The Vienna Philharmonic performs a series of concerts in Salzburg. We take the following as a reference from their program because this concert is dedicated to the memory of Herbert von Karajan, the spiritual father of many cultural festivals in Salzburg.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti – Großes Festspielhaus

  • Giuseppe Verdi – Messa da Requiem
  • Tuesday, 13 August, 2019, 09.00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 15 August, 2019, 11.00 a.m.
  • Saturday, 17 August, 2019, 11.00 a.m.

Tickets and bookings can be made through the Salzburg Festival office at Enjoy the cultural summer in Salzburg and let yourself be enchanted by the unique atmosphere during the festival season.

We wish you an extraordinary cultural experience in Salzburg!

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