Opera Camps

at the Salzburg Festival

Opera Camps at the Salzburg Festival

An initiative of the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) and the Vienna Philharmonic in cooperation with 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.

Opera Camps 2021

Sunday, July 25 - Saturday, July 31, 2021

Jedermann Camp

Based on the drama Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

For young people from 10 to 15 years of age

Camp language: German
Costs: € 475,- per person (siblings beginning with the 2nd child, € 455,- each)

Public Performance: Saturday, July 31, 4:00 PM, SZENE SALZBURG (Duration: circa 50 minutes)

Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann (Everyman) lies at the very heart of the Salzburg Festival. ‘The entire city holds its breath for this play’, wrote Max Reinhardt during the 1930s, ‘even the children act out Jedermann’. Indeed, the children back then did perform Hofmannsthal’s ‘Play of the Rich Man’s Death’ for their own amusement.

Just as in the 1930s, the children and young people who take part in the Jedermann camp will experience the original version and present their own play after an intensive week of preparation. The alternation between choral singing, instrumental music, acting and stage design will enable participants to slip in and out of different roles and rise to the various tasks that are vital in putting on your own theatre production.

For young people from 10 to 15 years of age
Sunday, August 1 - Saturday, August 7, 2021

Così fan tutte Camp

Based on the opera Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

For young people from 13 to 16 years of age

Camp languages: German, English
Costs: € 475.- per person (siblings beginning with the 2nd child, € 455,- each)

Public Performance: Saturday, August 7, 4:00 PM, UNIVERSITÄT MOZARTEUM · MAX SCHLERETH SAAL (Duration: circa 50 minutes)

Mozart’s Così fan tutte tells the story of two young couples whose relationships are thrown into crisis because of a rash bet. Their questions and problems are as relevant to us today as they were when the work was composed 230 years ago. The opera deals with desire and being in love, loyalty and sincerity, doubt and lies. Mozart’s music takes us behind the fragile facade and shows what the lovers really feel. Even though the opera ends happily, a question mark remains: is it reasonable to play such tricks on your soulmate?

For young people from 13 to 16 years of age
Sunday, August 8 - Saturday, August 14, 2021

Intolleranza Camp

Based on the opera Intolleranza 1960 by Luigi Nono

For young people from 15 to 17 years of age

Camp languages: German, English
Costs € 475.- per person (siblings beginning with the 2nd child, € 455,- each)

Public Performance: Saturday, August 14, 4:00 PM, UNIVERSITÄT MOZARTEUM · MAX SCHLERETH SAAL (Duration: circa 50 minutes)

Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 sounds like an outcry - a manifesto, composed in sound, against intolerance and oppression. On the one hand it is a plea for peace and freedom, on the other a moving story about life, love and death. What does it feel like to be alone in a foreign place? How can fanaticism, state impunity and social inequality be dealt with? Aren’t these questions that affect our society, young and older people alike, just as much today as when the work was composed in 1960? Nono’s sophisticated musical language will be explored in the opera camp. Together we will develop our own way of engaging with this 20th century masterpiece, using the elements of music, dance and staging.

For young people from 15 to 17 years of age
Sunday, August 15 - Saturday, August 21, 2021

Tosca Camp

Based on the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

For children from 9 to 13 years of age

Camp languages: German, English
Costs € 475.- per person (siblings beginning with the 2nd child € 455,- each)

Public Performances: Saturday, August 21, 3:00 & 5:00 PM, ARGEkultur NONNTAL (Duration: circa 50 minutes)

With its deadly game of political corruption, love and betrayal, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca With its deadly game of political corruption, love and betrayal, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca offers pretty much everything that you might expect from a great Italian opera. What plays out between a woman and three men in the space of 24 hours more than matches the suspense of even the most watchable television series. In the opera camp, the children and teenagers will not only tackle the dramatic situations on stage, but also take in Puccini’s highly emotional music. What’s more, they will learn why the heroine treats her loathsome adversary to 'Tosca’s kiss'…

For children from 9 to 13 years of age


Registration for the 2021 camps is closed.

  • The number of places is limited.
  • Information about acceptance and participation in the camps will be sent by the end of March 2021.
  • Registration for the opera camps is only possible using the online registration form. Registrations submitted by any other means will not be considered.
  • The fees for the camps include workshops, rehearsal visits, room and board, and supervised free-time activities.
  • Subsidies are available for young people from lower income families.
  • Accomodations: Schloss Arenberg, Arenbergstraße 10, 5020 Salzburg
  • Concept and Direction: Hanne Muthspiel-Payer
Häufige Fragen

Häufige Fragen zu den Operncamps

  • Wie sind die Operncamps gestaltet?

    Pro Sommer finden drei bis vier verschiedene, einwöchige Operncamps statt, wobei jedes auf eine spezifische Altersgruppe ausgerichtet ist und eine andere Oper zum Thema hat. Die Teilnehmerinnen und das gesamte Team wohnen während der Woche in Schloss Arenberg, wo auch die Proben stattfinden.

  • Welche Voraussetzungen gelten für die Teilnahme?

    Es gibt kein Aufnahmeverfahren, die Beherrschung eines Instrumentes, die Freude am Singen oder an einer anderen künstlerischen Tätigkeit sind jedoch Voraussetzung. Aufgrund des großen Interesses können nicht immer alle Anmeldungen berücksichtigt werden.

  • Wie ist die Unterrichtssprache?

    Die TeilnehmerInnen sind international, die Unterrichtssprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch.

  • Wie sieht der Tagesablauf bei einem Operncamp in etwa aus?

    Vormittags und nachmittags finden parallel diverse Workshops und Proben statt, die von den TeilnehmerInnen wechselweise besucht werden. Die Mahlzeiten werden gemeinsam eingenommen, das abwechslungsreiche Abendprogramm besteht aus Spiel und Sport. Die Unterbringung ist in 2- bis 4-Bettzimmern.

  • Erhält mein Kind auch Einzelunterricht am Instrument?

    Die InstrumentalistInnen erhalten im Vorhinein Noten zum Üben, das Camp-Orchester wird von erfahrenen Dirigenten geleitet und von Mitgliedern der Wiener Philharmoniker unterstützt. Das gemeinsame Musizieren steht im Vordergrund, Einzelunterricht findet nicht statt.

  • Wie ist das Operncamp-Team zusammengesetzt?

    Es besteht aus dem künstlerisch-pädagogischen Team und dem Betreuer-Team, das sich um die TeilnehmerInnen während der Freizeit kümmert und Ansprechpartner für kleine und große Sorgen ist.

  • Wie viel kostet ein Operncamp?

    Kosten: € 475,- pro Person (Geschwister ab dem 2. Kind je € 455,-)

  • Werden Stipendien vergeben und was muss dafür eingereicht werden?

    Die Vergabe von Stipendien ist möglich, Grundlage ist der letzte Einkommenssteuerbescheid.

  • Wie lauten die Stornobedingungen?

    Im Falle einer Abmeldung wird die volle Teilnahmegebühr einbehalten, es sei denn, der Platz kann über die Warteliste nachbesetzt werden. In diesem Fall wird die Teilnahmegebühr bis auf eine Kommissionsgebühr von 20% zurückerstattet. Für den Weiterverkauf des Camp-Platzes übernehmen passwort:klassik und die Salzburger Festspiele keine Garantie.

Impressions 2019

Opera Camps 2019