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Opera Camps at the Salzburg Festival

Opera Camp Wozzeck 2017 ©  Marco Borrelli ≡ InfoOpera Camp Wozzeck 2017 | + Zoom Opera Camp Jedermann 2017 ©  Andreas Kolarik ≡ InfoOpera Camp Jedermann 2017 | + Zoom

Not only for adults does the Salzburg Festival turn the world of opera on its head! This coming summer, children and young people once again have the opportunity of immersing themselves in the world of opera in one of the well-attended passwort:klassik opera camps.

For each of these one-week camps, the program is based on the program of the Salzburg Festival, and the opera productions performed for an adult audience during the festival are also the focus of the opera camps. Before visiting the rehearsal of the original work, the participants receive an age-appropriate introduction to the piece. Subsequently, dramaturges, stage directors and vocalists provide the young audience with an insight into their work or discuss the production with them.

At the same time, under professional supervision, the camp participants develop a production of the opera of their own. A team of drama teachers, stage directors, set designers, choreographers, musicians, composers and choir directors develop a new concept for each opera camp, which the participants then bring to life with their own ideas, skills and talents. The participants take on several roles – as musicians in the camp orchestra, in the choir, as stage designers or as actors.

For the final performance, the camp participants are joined by musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic. The camps are held in German and English, so that participants must have command of one of these two languages to attend. The participants stay in Arenberg Palace with the entire camp team (without parents).

In cooperation with the Salzburg Festival and with the support of the Salzburg Stiftung of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF).

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.

Review (PDF)

Opera Camp Aida I 2017

You kindled an enthusiasm for music and opera in the young people in a way which pleased us greatly. [...] The week stimulated our children to find a place for music in their own hearts. Wonderful!!
Parents of Camp Participants

Opera Camp Aida II 2017

For each opera camp, a special "camp song" was written: "In a thousand books it has been written, the whole world over it is known: to choose one’s love unwisely, will often lead to pain and woe..."
(from the “Aida Camp Song” by Christoph Wigelbeyer)

Opera Camp Jedermann 2017

The Jedermann Camp was held for the first time this summer. The music to the play that gave the camp its name was composed by Oliver Madas, percussionist of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Opera Camp Wozzeck 2017

The attendance of the dress rehearsal for Wozzeck in the Haus for Mozart was a highlight of the the opera camp, and the subsequent visit by singer Mauro Peter in Arenberg Palace left a lasting impression on the young camp participants.

Opera Camps 2018

Information on the 2018 Opera Camps will be available on this page beginning the middle of November 2017!





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