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Opera Camps at the Salzburg Festival

Children and young people between the ages of 9 and 17 who are interested in music have a chance at the Opera Camps to deepen their understanding the world of opera and to spend time with artists and experienced teachers during a week at the Arenberg Palace. In a manner appropriate to their respective age groups, they deal with the themes of great operas and, together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, present their own new interpretations in a final public performance.

For many children and young people, the experiences with musical theater and the interpersonal encounters that the camps provide represent a highlight of their summer vacation. At the same time, the fundament is laid for an enduring love of musical theater.

Details of the Opera Camps 2019


based on the opera Médée by Luigi Cherubini
For children and young people from 12 to 15 years of age
Camp languages: German, English

Medea Camp I

Sunday, July 21 (morning arrival) until Saturday, July 27, 2019
Costs: € 475.- per person (siblings € 455.-)

Public Final Performance:
Saturday, July 27, 11:00 AM · SZENE Salzburg
Length: circa 50 minutes · Free admissison · No entry passes necessary

Medea Camp II

Saturday, July 27 (morning arrival) until Friday, August 2, 2019
Costs: € 475.- per person (siblings € 455.-) 

Public Final Performance:
Friday, August 2, 4:00 PM · SZENE Salzburg
Length: circa 50 minutes · Free admissison · No entry passes necessary

How far should one take revenge? At one time, Medea, a magician, did everything for her beloved husband, Jason. She betrayed her own family, procured for Jason the golden fleece and fled with him into the unknown. Yet Jason did not remain faithful to her. He left her and took with him the sons they had together. So, we ask, how far should revenge be taken? There are many adaptations of the legend of Medea. Among the many settings to music, Luigi Cherubini's opera Médée is the most significant. Hardly anyone else expresses in such a vivid manner Medea's emotional state - torn between love and jealousy; emotion and reason.


based on the opera Œdipe by George Enescu 
For young people from 15 to 17 years of age 
Camp languages: German, English

Sunday, August 4 (morning arrival) until Saturday, August 10, 2019
Costs: € 475.- per person (siblings € 455.-)

Public Final Performance:
Saturday, August 10, 4:00 PM
Length: circa 50 minutes · Free admissison · No entry passes necessary

Acting out of fear of the fulfillment of a terrible prophecy, King Laios of Thebes repudiates his own newborn son, Oedipus. Even though Oedipus does not grow up with his parents, the tragedy runs its course. Oedipus murders his natural father, the king, without recognizing him. He saves Thebes from imminent danger and himself becomes ruler. Without knowing it, he marries his own mother, the queen, but that is still a long way from the end of this story. In his opera Œdipe, George Enescu sets this antique myth to music in a breathtaking manner. The questions raised by this story occupy mankind the same today as they did thousands of years ago: Who am I? From where do I come? Is our fate pre-determined or do our lives lie in our own hands?


based on the opera buffa Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) by Jacques Offenbach
For children from 9 to 12 years of age
Camp languages: German, English

Sunday, August 11 (morning arrival) until Saturday, August 17, 2019
Costs: € 475.- per person (siblings € 455.-)

Public Final Performance:
Saturday, August 17, 4:00 PM
SZENE Salzburg
Length: circa 50 minutes · Free admissison · No entry passes necessary

Jacques Offenbach's opera buffa Orphée aux enfers represents a lively and chaotic romp between the world of the gods and the gates of hell. The violinist Orpheus is attempting to rescue his wife Eurydike from the underworld. But does he really want to free her? And wouldn't Eurydike actually prefer to stay where she is? What role does a mysterious fly play? Together we will discover Offenbach's exciting music and delve into a fantastic dream world. We'll travel to the gods on Mt. Olympus, descend into the lowest dungeons of the underworld and, at the end, dance the can-can at Pluto's party.


Registration for the Opera Camps 2019 is possible until Friday, January 18, 2019, 1:00 PM on the Salzburg Festival website.

  • The number of places is limited.
  • Information on possible participation will be sent by the end of February 2019.
  • Registration for the opera camps is only possible by using the online form. Applications submitted by mail or telephone will not be considered.
  • Participation fees include workshops, a rehearsal visit, accommodations, meals and supervision of free time activities.
  • Scholarships can be made available for young people from low-income families.
  • Accommodations: Schloss Arenberg, Arenbergstraße 10, 5020 Salzburg

Opera Camps 2018 in Review

Jedermann Camp 2018

The young participants attended the dress rehearsal of Jedermann at the Cathedral Square in Salzburg and then developed their own version with great enthusiasm.

Zauberflöten Camp

The final public performance of the Zauberflöte Camp with 44 children from seven different countries took place in the Mozarteum.

Pique Dame Camp 2018

At the Pique Dame-Camp, the cards were reshuffeled, and the story line was transplanted from the 18th to the 21st century. The music, the acting and the videos were developed and performed by the young camp participants themselves.

Bassarids Camp 2018

Dancing, orchestral playing, choral singing and staging were important elements of the Bassarids Camp for 43 young participants from 16 different countries.



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