Salzburg Osterfestpiele Begins With ‘Die Walküre’ Starring Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe And Peter Seiffert

By Francisco Salazar

On April 8 the Salzburg Osterfestpiele will officially open with a starry production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre.”

The festival, which was established by Herbert Von Karajan, is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will re-create the original 1967 production. According to Christian Thielemann, the festival will celebrate Karajan by “attempting to re-create Karajan’s musico-theatrical vision of ‘Die Walküre’ from 1967. Our re-creation of this work through the stage designs of Günther Schneider-Siemssen brings the historical original back into focus and at the same time poses the question as to how it may be reinterpreted for our own time. in our revival of the set designs of the 1967 ‘Walküre’ we are by no means aiming to glorify that era, but are instead asking questions about the stage aesthetic of yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

The cast includes Peter Seiffert as Siegmund, Georg Zeppenfeld as Hunding, Vitalij Kowaljow as Wotan, Anja Harteros as Sieglinde, Anja Kampe as Brünnhilde and Christa Mayer as Fricka.

The opera will be presented twice on April 8 and 17 and will be televised internationally at a later date. Thielemann will conduct the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in both performances.

The festival will run from April 8 until the 17th and also includes concerts of works by Bruckner, Mahler, and Beethoven.