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Opera Camps at the Salzburg Festival

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).

Opera Camps · Jedermann Camp 2018


Based on the drama Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
For German-speaking children and teenagers aged 10 to 17
Camp language: German

Jedermann Camp Team:
Composition and Percussion Ensemble: Oliver Madas
Musical Direction and Choir: Ulrich Permanschlager
Stage Direction: Harald Volker Sommer
Stage: Hanna Adlaoui Mayerl

Sunday, July 15 (arrival before midday) until Staurday, July 21, 2018
Accommodation: Salzburger Studentenwerk, Billrothstraße
Fees: € 475,– per person (Siblings pay € 455,- each)

Public Final Performance:
Saturday, July 21, 5:30 PM

Length: circa 50 minutes · Admission free · Free enty passes available beginning on July 7 at the Salzburg Festival SHOP - KARTEN, Hofstallgasse 1
(no reservations possible)

Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Jedermann 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." Those children did indeed enact their own performance of Hofmannsthal’s Play of the Rich Man’s Death for their own amusement, managing to get onto the Domplatz stage (Cathedral Square) to imitate what they had surreptitiously observed during the play’s rehearsals. Just like then, the children and young people who take part in the Jedermann camp will experience the original version on the Domplatz, and after an intensive week of preparation present their own play with much choral singing. A small group of enthusiastic percussionists and drummers is required in order to create the right atmosphere for the Devil’s scenes – please contact us!



Based on the opera Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
For children and teenagers aged 9 to 13
Camp languages: German, English

Zauberflöten Camp Team:
Musical Direction: Tobias Wögerer
Stage Direction: Anna Drescher
Stage & Stage Direction: Hudda Chukri
Choir Direction: Christoph Wigelbeyer
Overall Direction: Hanne Muthspiel-Payer

Sunday, July 22 (arrival in the afternoon) until Saturday, July 28, 2018
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg
Fees: € 475,– per person (siblings pay € 455,- each)

Public Final Performance:
Saturday, July 28, 4:00 PM
Length: circa 50 minutes · Admission free · no entry passes necessary

Mozart's Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is classical music’s most famous Singspiel, casting an enduring spell on adults and children alike. Together we accompany the brave Prince Tamino on a journey into Sarastro’s mysterious kingdom to free his Pamina. Along the way, we become acquainted with wondrous creatures and enchanting melodies, which help Tamino to withstand all his dangerous trials.

In our camp, you will become part of this story: hit the high notes as Queen of the Night, help Papageno to catch his birds or play the magic flute in the camp orchestra.



Based on the opera Pique Dame by Peter I.Tchaikovskyi
For teenagers aged 10 to 15
Camp languages: German, English

Queen of Spades Camp Team:
Musikalische Leitung: Tobias Wögerer
Stage Direction: Anna Katharina Bernreitner
Choir Direction: Christoph Wigelbeyer
Set Design: Hannah Öllinger, Manfred Rainer

Sunday, July 29 (arrival before midday) until Saturday, August 4, 2018
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg
Fees: € 475,– per person (siblings pay € 455,- each)

Public Final Performance:
Saturday, August 4, 4:00 PM
Length: circa 50 minutes · Admission free · no entry passes necessary

In the Queen of Spades, Peter I. Tchaikovsky carries us off to the gloomy St Petersburg of the late 18th century. The opera contains all the ingredients of a gripping story: an unhappy love affair, a tragic ending and a dark secret said to win every card game. In the decisive game, the secret of the three cards will supposedly help the player to win and thus amass great wealth. One by one, the cards are revealed: three, seven…

Together we will discover Tchaikovsky’s romantic music, devise our own version of the opera and visit the Grosses Festspielhaus to listen to the Queen of Spades dress rehearsal with the Vienna Philharmonic.



Based on the opera The Bassarids by Hans Werner Henze
For teenagers aged 14 to 17
Camp languages: German, English

Bassarids Camp Team:
Musikalische Leitung: Tobias Wögerer
Stage Direction: Harald Volker Sommer
Choir Direction: Christian Stefan Horvath
Choreography: Teresa Rotemberg

Monday, August 6 (arrival between 2:00 & 4:00 PM) until Sunday, August 12, 2018
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg
Fees: € 475,– per person ((siblings pay € 455,- each)

Public Final Performance:
Sunday, August 12, 4:00 PM
Length: circa 50 minutes · Admission free · no entry passes necessary

The Greek god Dionysus invites you to the party highlight of the year. Even though attendance is forbidden by King Pentheus, we dance and make merry the whole night. When it is much too late, we recognize Dionysus’s true face. Only the music hints that this revelry ends with a gruesome murder.

Hans Werner Henze's score for The Bassarids calls for a large orchestra, two choruses, a stage band and vocal soloists to mount this lavish festive gathering, which Henze brings to life with a fascinating musical language. Many tasks await us – and perhaps a quite different fate once this wild night of partying draws to an end.



Registration for the 2018 Opera Camps is now closed.

Opera Camps 2017 in Review

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)

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.



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