Opera Camps 2017 in Review
The final performance of the Wozzeck Camp for youngsters aged 13 to 18 on August 11 in Republic in Salzburg marked the end of the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2017 Opera Camp series. The four camps, which for the first time this year included the Jedermann camp, are held as part of the Salzburg Festival.
The music to the play that gave the camp its name was composed by Oliver Madas, a percussionist at the Vienna Philharmonic. While this camp was open only to German-speaking youngsters, the three remaining Camps were attended by kids from as many as 25 different countries. Due to the great demand, we were even able to hold two Aida Camps, which were aimed at kids aged nine to twelve.
This summer, the American Austrian Foundation again granted us the use of Arenberg Castle with its wonderful ambiance. In no time at all, the castle was transformed into a small opera house, filled with the sight and sound of enthusiastic young opera fans, playing, singing, rehearsing scenes, building their own stage sets and producing videos.
An experienced team of experts led the rehearsals and directed the productions, while the participating members of the Vienna Philharmonic gave the end-of-camp performances their final touch.