The Salzburg Festival is a summer annual event that began in 1920. Concerts, operas, and drama performances make the repertoire of this festival among the most varied in the world.
Author Hugo von Hofmannsthal, composer Richard Strauss, director Max Reinhardt, and many other notable musicians have played significant roles in establishing this festival. While the festival originally consisted only of concerts, in 1922 four of Mozart’s performances were staged, forever altering the program.
Over the years, the festival has been attended by some very famous guests, including Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Anna Netrebko and Gerard Depardieu. As the festival gets underway, Salzburg becomes alive with music, and people can watch Hofmannsthal’s Everyman being performed in the cathedral square.
The festival also accommodates younger audiences, as the program specially includes Opera for Children, Opera Introduction for Children, and opera camps.
This year the festival program consists of many different dramas, concerts, and operas, including Die Eroberung von Mexico, Le nozzle di Figaro, Norma, and Clavigo.
Tips: Ticket Information
- There are approximately 250 performances during the festival, and ticket sales began at the end of March.
- One should consider purchasing tickets in advance.
Beyond the Festival
- A hotel in Salzburg’s Old Town would offer a chance to properly experience the beauty of Salzburg.
- The For Everyman performance on the cathedral square tickets costs only 5 euros.
- The Easter Festival is another nice occasion to attend in Salzburg.
Know before you go
- The dress code is formal.
A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
Season: late July through end of August