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Salzburg Festival 2017 – The cultural classic

With performances of Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito and Verdi's Aida headlining alongside performances specially selected to introduce children to opera - Fun and Games with Mozart and Jedermann for Children, this is a cultural family affair where nothing is too highbrow - in the historic city of UNESCO Heritage Salzburg, it all just feels so natural.

Of course, the Salzburg Festival isn’t just about the music: theatre enthusiasts will be delighted with performances of Frank Wedekind's Lulu, an ecstatic mixture of tragedy, comedy and the grotesque, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, who worked on the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and in 2017 served on juries at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

Alongside this will be perfomances of Harold Pinter's Die Geburtstagsfeier and outside performances of Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Jedermann, or Everyman, a central component in Salzburg Festival's DNA and history.

The entertainment will take place in venues across the city, offering visitors an up-close look at some of Salzburg’s most magnificent architectural achievements. Of particular note is the breathtakingly atmospheric Felsenreitschule, a giant auditorium carved into the walls of a disused quarry. Originally designed as a summer riding school, the Felsenreitschule (literally, “rock riding school”), has been long-since converted (with additions including a 130ft stage!) but still retains its original 96 arcades, hewn by hand into the stone four centuries ago.

If you’re going to attend a celebration of the cultural arts of this magnitude, you’ll need the accommodation to match. The Arthotel Blaue Gans, located in Salzburg’s beautifully elegant Old Town, is a period building with a contemporary twist.

Eggshell whites, exposed beams and artistic installations don the walls, whilst light, spacious rooms and bespoke furnishings provide the perfect blend of rustic tradition and modern sensibilities. With an excellent kitchen, a private herb garden and a stylish terrace, the art & design hotel, Blaue Gans Salzburg is the ideal antecedent to a night at the opera.



For more Salzburg culture staples read up on the design and architecture of your Blaue Gans abode, take the Salzburg modern art walk and play with your inner child at Salzburg's Toy Museum.



Images © Robert Mertens, Altstadt Salzburg Marketing GmbH, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Luigi Caputo


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