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Prof. Reinhard Öhlberger
As in prior years, the Vienna Philharmonic participated in the Salzburg Festival during July and August of 2015. This year was the 91st Salzburg Festival and it is noteworthy that outside of the subscription concert series, which has been performed by the orchestra ever since 1860, the Salzburg Festival, a major pillar in the Philharmonic calendar, represents the second longest regularly occurring event anniversary in the orchestra's history. This past summer consisted of 21 opera performances and 10 concerts in addition to the necessary orchestral rehearsals. The orchestra performed the following four operas:
July 28 (Premiere) and August 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 18; Haus für Mozart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro. New Production; Stage Direction Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Conductor Dan Ettinger.
4. August 4 (Premiere) 7, 10, 13, 16, 19; Large Festival Hall: Ludwig van Beethoven, Fidelio. New Production; Stage Direction Claus Guth; Conductor Franz Welser-Möst.
August 8, 11, 14, 17; Large Festival Hall: Giuseppe Verdi, Il Trovatore. Production from the previous year; Stage Direction Alvis Hermanis; Conductor Gianandrea Noseda.
August 20, 23, 26, 28; Large Festival Hall: Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier. Production from the previous year; Stage Direction Harry Kupfer; Conductor Franz Welser-Möst.
The concert programs were selected to correspond to the theme, "The Vienna Philharmonic and its Composers", which is to be presented at this year and next year's festivals. It is made up of compositions that were either premiered by the Philharmonic or whose performance history was closely associated with the orchestra.
July 25, 27; Large Festival Hall (part of the series "Ouverture spirituelle"): Bohuslav Martinů, "Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca"; Anton Bruckner, Mass No. 3 in F minoe for Soloists, Four-part Mixed Chorus and Orchestra, WAB 28. With Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Karen Cargill (Alto), Christian Elsner (Tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (Bass) and the Bavarian Radio Chorus (Preparation: Peter Dijkstra); Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
August, 6, 8; Large Festival Hall: Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 8 in C minor; Conductor Bernard Haitink.
August 14, 15, 16; Large Festival Hall: Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ,D major, op. 35; Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2, D major, op. 73. With Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin); Conductor Riccardo Muti.
August 22, 23; Large Festival Hall: Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9, D major. Conductor Daniel Barenboim.
30. August, Large Festival Hall: Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 3, F major, op. 90; Franz Schmidt, Symphony No. 2 in E-flat major. Conductor Semyon Bychkov. The encore was "Nimrod" from the "Enigma Variations", op. 36, by Edward Elgar.