Whether one loves it or hates it, the summer Salzburg Festival remains one of the most important events in classical music. Ever since the hotly contested mandate of Gérard Mortier, the festival has opened up to artists and repertoire often neglected in the past. Ticket and hotel reservations are booked well in advance and are expensive.
The Salzburg Festival pursues the phrase "for love is as strong as death" from the Song of Solomon in its operas, concerts and theater performances in 2008.
Of the seven opera premieres, the Festival will begin with Don Giovanni, conducted by Bertrand de Billy in a production by Claus Guth at the House for Mozart. Othello, Verdi's last dramatic opera, and a repeat performance of The Magic Flute from the 2006 Mozart Year will be conducted by Riccardo Muti. Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón will perform in Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. The opera stage will also feature: Rusalka by Antonin Dvorák and Béla Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle.
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