Salzburg Music Festival: the World famous Salzburger Festspiele
The Salzburg Music Festival is a high quality prominent festival of music, operas, concerts and dramas. It was begun on 22 August 1920 with a performance of “Jedermann” (Every Man), a play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal at Domplatz (Cathedral Square) which was directed by Max Reinhardt. Since then on, the Salzburg Music Festival has continued and grown. A square by the festival halls is named after Max Reinhardt.
There are several music festivals in Salzburg at different times of year, Easter, Pentecost and in January the Mozart Week marking his birthday. The first and original is the Summer Festival. It runs from the beginning of July until late August. The opening ceremony is attended by the Austrian president.
The city of Salzburg and surrounding areas become very busy with great authors, conductors, musicians, singers and artists from around the world. In 2013 prominent guests and visitors from 73 countries including 39 European countries visited the festival halls. The total ticket sales revenue in 2013 was over 28.2 million Euro, with 288 225 total visitors , achieving 93% seat occupancy. Most of the tickets are reserved and sold in advance. The Salzburg Music Festival is very important for Salzburg’s economy. During the festival season the boost to business is not limited to the festival organisation, but also hotels, restaurants, shops and taxis and transfer service companies are kept busy. The city is humming.
Behind every great man there is a great women, as also behind the great success of the festival there is also a women. Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler has been President of Salzburger Festspiele since 1995.
Salzburg Music Festival main sponsors are NESTLE since 1991, AUDI since 1995, SIEMENS since 1999 and ROLEX as a new main sponsor since 2012.
The Salzburg festival hall offers a guided tour for the public. The tours start at 14:00 giving access to the Grosses Festspielhaus (Greater Festival Hall), the Haus für Mozart (House for Mozart) and Felsenreitschule (Rock Riding School). The tickets can be purchased 15 minutes prior to the tour directly at the Salzburg Festival ticket shop. The tour lasts 50 minutes. It is available in English and German. The cost is 6.00 Euro per adult, children from 6 to 12 years of age cost 3.00 Euro and under 6 free of charge. They also offers tours for groups and students.
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