Salzburg Festival Announces New Narrator for Nono’s ‘Il Canto Sospeso’

By David Salazar

The Salzburg Festival has announced that Jens Harzer will take on the role of the narrator in “Il Canto Sospeso” by Luigi Nono.

The role was originally assigned to Bruno Ganz, but the legendary actor passed away in February of 2019. The performance of “Il Canto Sospeso” will be dedicated to Ganz.

Harzer has been around the Salzburg Festival since 2000 in such works as “The Name,” “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Crime and Punishment,” “Immer noch Sturm,” and “The Tempest.” Since Ganz’s death, Harzer has been the bearer of the Iffland-Ring, a distinction awarded for life to the “most significant and worthy stage artist in German-language theatre.”

“Il Canto Sospeso” will feature soprano Yeree Suh, contralto Bettina Ranch, and tenor Robin Tritschler. The work will be conducted by Peter Rundel, who will lead the SWR Symphony Orchestra.