(SF, 10 July 2022) The Salzburg Festival is pleased to provide the following updates and cast changes:

Festival Opening Ceremony of the Salzburg Festival 

Tuesday, 26 July, 11 am, Felsenreitschule

The musical programme of this year’s Opening Ceremony includes the following works:

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich

Choral cantata for mixed chorus and orchestra MWV A 11 (composed 1831)

Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988)

3rd Movement from Konx-om-pax (composed 1968/69)

for chorus and orchestra

After the keynote address by Ilija Trojanow, entitled The Tone of War, the Keys of Peace:

Valentin Silvestrov (*1937)

Still Music

for string orchestra (composed 2002)

Valentin Silvestrov was born in Kyiv in 1937, had to flee Kyiv after Russia’s attacks on Ukraine, and is currently living in Berlin.

The Salzburg Festival has very deliberately chosen these three works, given Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.


Bach Chorus Salzburg

Benjamin Hartmann Chorusmaster

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

Duncan Ward Conductor

Participation in the Festival Opening Ceremony is only possible by invitation from the Government of the State of Salzburg.

The Ceremony will be broadcast live on ORF 2 and 3sat as well as onto the Siemens Festival Nights screen, starting at 11 am.

The following cast changes are hereby announced: 

Ouverture spirituelle

Arthur Honegger Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

Sunday, 24 July, 7 pm, Felsenreitschule

Irène Jacob and Jérôme Kircher will sing the title role resp. the role of Frère Dominique in Arthur Honegger‘s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher as part of the Ouverture spirituelle. Due to the pandemic-related postponement of cinema and TV productions, the performers originally announced, Isabelle Huppert and André Jung, had to cancel their participation in the performance on 24 July at the Felsenreitschule. André Jung’s appearances in the drama production Verrückt nach Trost are unaffected by this and will go ahead.

The Swiss-French actress Irène Jacob is renowned internationally for her leading roles in two films by Krzysztof Kieślowski, The Double Life of Veronique and Three Colours: Red. On the theatre stage, she has worked with Katie Mitchell, Irina Brook and Thomas Ostermeier. She already embodied the role of Jeanne d’Arc in a staged production in Palermo directed by Daniele Abbado. A native Parisian, actor Jérôme Kircher has appeared in numerous French film, television and theatre productions directed by such artists as Patrice Chéreau, Luc Bondy, Jean-Pierre Vincent, André Engel and Denis Podalydè.


Song Recitals

Song Recital Christian Gerhaher, Julia Kleiter – Ammiel Bushakevitz  

Sunday, 1 August, 8:30 pm, Haus für Mozart

Unfortunately, illness has forced pianist Gerold Huber to cancel his participation in the song recital by Julia Kleiter and Christian Gerhaher. The pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz, born in Israel and raised in South Africa, has agreed to appear in this recital. Ammiel Bushakevitz, who makes his Festival debut with this concert, has worked with singers such as Teresa Berganza, Brigitte Fassbaender, Elly Ameling, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Matthias Goerne and Robert Holl. As a soloist and song pianist, he has won numerous international competitions, including the international competition “Das Lied”, the International Schubert Competition, the International Johannes Brahms Competition, the Concours Léopold Bellan de Paris, the International Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart and the Concours de Mélodie de Montréal in Canada. He counts Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Helmut Deutsch, Alfred Brendel and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau among his teachers.

The Festival is pleased to announce the detailed programmes for the song recitals by Jonas Kaufmann and Diana Damrau: 

Song Recital Jonas Kaufmann – Helmut Deutsch

Sunday, 7 August, 3:30 pm, Großes Festspielhaus


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Adelaide Op. 46

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

Der Musensohn D 764

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges Op. 34/2

Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)

Ich liebe dich Op. 5/3

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Widmung Op. 25/1

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Waldeseinsamkeit Op. 85/6

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

Als die alte Mutter Op. 55/4

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt Op. 6/6

Richard Strauss (1864–1949)

Allerseelen Op. 10/8

Hugo Wolf (1860–1903)


Alexander Zemlinsky (1871–1942)

Selige Stunde Op. 10/2

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

Vergiftet sind meine Lieder S. 289

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome S. 272/2

Freudvoll und leidvoll (2nd version) S. 280/2

Freudvoll und leidvoll (1st version) S. 280/1

O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst

Es war ein König in Thule S. 278/2

Die drei Zigeuner S. 320

Ihr Glocken von Marling Searle 328 – poem by Emil Kuh

Die Loreley S. 273/2


Jonas Kaufmann Tenor 

Helmut Deutsch Piano 


Song Recital Diana Damrau – Xavier de Maistre

Tuesday, 23 August, 8 pm, Haus für Mozart


Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

An die Musik D 547

Auf dem Wasser zu singen D 774

Du bist die Ruh D 776

Ellens Gesang III “Hymne an die Jungfrau“ D 839

Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)

Impromptu for harp Op. 86/6

En prière

Clair de lune Op. 46/2

Les berceaux Op. 23/1

Adieu aus Poème d’un jour Op. 21/3

Notre amour Op. 23/2

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

Nuit d’étoiles

Fleurs des blés

Clair de lune from Fêtes galantes I


Beau soir

Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque (arranged for solo harp)

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
Desdemona’s Willow Song “Assisa a’ piè d’un salice” from the Dramma per musica Otello

L’invito (Boléro) from Les Soirées musicales

La pastorella dell’Alpi (Tirolese) from Les Soirées musicales

L’esule from Péchés de vieillesse III (Morceaux réservés)

Aragonese from Péchés de vieillesse XI (Miscellanée de musique vocale)


Diana Damrau Soprano 

Xavier de Maistre Harp