Salzburger Festspiele

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Country and Region AustriaSalzburg Land
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Salzburg, Salzburg Land, Austria
Festival Contact Information

Salzburger Festspiele
Hofstallgasse 1
Postfach 140
A-5010 Salzburg, Austria
The American Friends of the Salzburg Festival
2451 20th Street, No. 6
Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA

Festival Description

Today, the annual Salzburg Festival is universally regarded as the world’s best-known musical and theatrical event. The team of the Salzburg Festival adheres more closely to the ideas of the original founders. The classical heritage should be conveyed to meet the needs of a modern-day audience, the great works of the 20th century should be presented in top-quality productions and contemporary music and drama should feature strongly in the programme.

Festival Dates July 20 - September 2, 2012
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Podcast Interviews:
  • A new act at Salzburg festival, by George Loomis (International Herald Tribune, September 1, 2004)
  • 84-Year Old Salzburg Festival Appoints New Artistic Director, by Morgan Allen (Playbill, August 31, 2004)
  • Festival Futures: Salzburg and the Ruhr, by Glenn Loney (New York Theater, Wire, August 20, 2001)
Press releases:
  • The 98th Salzburg Festival Poster Exhibition (March 27 - April 27, 2001)
Audio and Video:
  • Some of the CD collections with the recordings made at Salzburg Festival from Andante
    • Alexander Zemlinsky Der König Kandaules (2-CD set)
    • Giuseppe Verdi Falstaff - Salzburg Festival 1937 & 1957 (4-CD set)
    • Herbert Von Karajan Vienna Philharmonic (4-CD set). It’s also available from a different company (link below)
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le Nozze Di Figaro, Salzburg Festival, 1937 (3-CD set)
    • London Symphony Orchestra Karl Böhm, Salzburg Festival (1973-1977) 4-CD set
    • Richard Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (4-CD set)
Video Universe:
  • Stravinsky Rake’s Progress: Salzburg Festival (DVD)
  • Austria as Theater and Ideology: The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival. by Michael Steinberg


Practical Info:

  • Book Early
    • The Salzburg Festival is notorious for tickets being sold out by the end of March. Nevertheless it is always useful to check the festival website’s booking section for the availability of tickets.
  • Society of Friends
    • Those who wish to become more involved in-depth with the festival have the option of joining the ‘Society of Friends of the Salzburg Festival’. For an annual donation of 900 euros, patrons receive priority ticket allocation, a patron’s card and access to the patron’s lounge, The Salzburg Festival Friend’s Magazine, and invitations to special rehearsals. For contact information: Friends of the Salzburg Festival, Monechsberg 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. Phone: (43) 662-8045-284. Email:
  • Young Friends Association
    • Every year, the Salzburg Festival offers specially priced tickets for young people. These can be obtained via registering interest in advance: To further interest young people in the wonders of classical music, the festival has the international Young Friends Association, providing workshops and performances. Information can be obtained via email:
  • Subscription Series
    • There is also the option of joining one of the eight different subscription series, which offer performances, on five consecutive days, at a ten percent discount. Every year, subscription orders are given priority before general booking opens.
  • In person or by mail
    Herbert-von-Karajanplatz 11
    Postfach 140
    5010 Salzburg, Austria
  • By phone: (43) 662-8045-500
  • By fax: (43) 662-8045-555


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