Anna Netrebko, Charles Castronovo, Elīna Garanča & Cecilia Bartoli Lead Salzburg Festival’s 2021 SeasonBy Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: © Dario Acosta / Charles Castronovo official website / Deutsche Oper am Rhein official website / Kristian Schuller/Decca)
The Salzburg Festival has announced its 2021 edition, featuring 8 operas and numerous concert performances.
Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will feature Mika Kares as Il Commendatore, Nadezhda Pavlova as Donna Anna, Michael Spyres in the role of Don Ottavio, Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, Vito Priante as Leporello, David Steffens in the role of Masetto, Anna Lucia Richter as Zerlina, and Davide Luciano in the title role.
Teodor Currentzis will conduct the production by Romeo Castellucci.
Performance Dates: July 26 – August 20, 2021
Strauss’ “Elektra” will feature Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Klytämnestra, Vida Miknevičiūtė and Asmik Grigorian as Chrysothemis, Michael Laurenz in the role of Aegisth, Christopher Maltman as Orest, and Aušrine Stundyte in the title role. The cast will also include Verity Wingate, Matthäus Schmidlechner, Jens Larsen, Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Monika Bohinec, Noa Beinart, Deniz Uzun, Regine Hangler, and Natalia Tanasii.
Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the production by Krzysztof Warlikowski.
Performance Dates: July 27 – August 28, 2021
Handel’s “Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno” will spotlight Mélissa Petit as Bellezza, Cecilia Bartoli as Piacere, Lawrence Zazzo in the role of Disinganno, and Charles Workman as Tempo.
Gianluca Capuano conducts the production by Robert Carsen.
Performance Dates: August 4 – August 17, 2021
Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” will showcase Elsa Dreisig as Fiordiligi, Marianne Crebassa as Dorabella, Andrè Schuen in the role of Guglielmo, Bogdan Volkov as Ferrando, Lea Desandre in the role of Despina, and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Don Alfonso.
Joana Mallwitz will conduct the production by Christof Loy.
Performance Dates: August 6 – August 19, 2021
The opera in one act for soprano and orchestra “Neither” is based on a text by Samuel Beckett and will showcase a collaboration with Morton Feldman’s String Quartet and Orchestra. The concert performance will feature soprano Sarah Aristidou and Ilan Volkov will conduct.
Performance Date: August 13, 2021
Luigi Nono’s “Intolleranza 1960” is based on texts by Henri Alleg, Bertolt Brecht, Paul Éluard, Julius Fučík, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Angelo Maria Ripellino and Jean-Paul Sartre. The work will feature Sean Panikkar as Un emigrante, Sarah Maria Sun as La sua compagna, Anna Maria Chiuri as Una donna, Antonio Yang as Un algerino, and Musa Ngqungwana as Un torturato.
Ingo Metzmacher conducts the production by Jan Lauwers.
Performance Dates: August 15 – August 29, 2021
Puccini’s masterwork “Tosca” will star Yusif Eyvazov as Mario Cavaradossi, Ludovic Tézier as Il Barone Scarpia, and Anna Netrebko in the title role. The cast also includes Michael Mofidian, Matteo Peirone, Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, and Rupert Grössinger.
Marco Armiliato conducts the production by Michael Sturminger.
Performance Dates: August 21 – August 31, 2021
Finally, the festival will showcase a concert performance of Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust.” The performance will star Elīna Garanča as Marguerite, Charles Castronovo in the role of Faust, Ildar Abdrazakov as Méphistophélès, and Peter Kellner as Brander.
Alain Altinoglu conducts.
Performance Date: August 22, 2021
The festival will also showcase a number of recitals and concerts featuring Gerald Finley, Sonya Yoncheva, Asmik Grigorian, Benjamin Bernheim. Christian Gerhaher, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Sara Blanch, Matthias Goerne, Alice Coote, Violetta Urmana, Rosa Feola, and Ildar Abdrazakov.