Salzburg Festival kicks off month of music, operaThe 89th Salzburg Festival Salzburg Festival, annual festival of music and drama held in Salzburg, Austria, for five weeks starting in late July. The festival may be considered a descendant of the Salzburg Music Festival Weeks that the Vienna Philharmonic gave irregularly between 1877 and 1910. was officially opened on Saturday by Austrian President Heinz Fischer Heinz Fischer (born 9 October 1938) is the federal president of Austria. He took office on 8 July 2004.
Born in Graz, Styria, Fischer received a humanistic education, taking his "Matura" exams in 1956. , with Handel's opera "Theodora" kicking off a month of music and drama later in the day.
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[French : en, in + masse, mass. at the opening, led by Fischer and his guest, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, on an official visit to Austria.
One of the world's most exclusive summer arts festivals, the month-long event will involve a total of 186 performances at 14 different venues ranging from opera to concerts and drama, with such big names as soprano Anna Netrebko Anna Jurjewna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко and pianist Lang Lang.
This year's edition, under the motto "The Game of the Mighty", kicks off on Saturday evening with a new production of Handel's "Theodora" directed by Christof Loy.
Other operas over the next month will include Beethoven's "Fidelio", Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and Haydn's "Armida", while concerts will feature such orchestras as the great Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. Since 1982, the LSO has been based in London's Barbican Centre. History .
Meanwhile, theatre buffs can relish in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull seagull
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Russian superstar soprano Netrebko will return for a rare solo recital after her absence last year due to pregnancy, and some of the world's greatest pianists give solo recitals, including Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Grigory Sokolov, Lang Lang and Maurizio Pollini.
Ticket prices in Salzburg -- among the priciest in Europe for such an event -- range from as little as five euros to 370 euros (520 dollars) for the best seats.
The festival runs until August 30.