Bartoli: My Salzburg festival is off

Bartoli: My Salzburg festival is off


norman lebrecht

April 06, 2020

Hours after the Austrian chancellor ordered no public performances before mid-June, Cecilia Bartoli published this statement:

Dear Friends,

I am so terribly sorry that, due to the current situation, we are obliged to cancel this year’s Whitsun Festival in Salzburg!

I was so much looking forward to starting the rehearsals together with the fantastic Salzburg team, with my artist colleagues and to meeting our faithful public and friends who come to Salzburg every year or those who wanted to be there for the first time this year!

This decision breaks my heart, but one thing is evident – health comes first! There is no question that we, our whole society, must pull together and protect ourselves and our loved ones. These are difficult times for all of us but I am sure that the power of music will help us get through this.

Together with the Directorate of the Salzburg Festival we are already working on the exciting future, and I look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible! Until then, take good care of yourself, stay healthy and strong!

Yours, Cecilia Bartoli




  • Olassus says:

    Hopefully she will reschedule, not abandon, the beautifully cast Don Pasquale!

  • John Borstlap says:

    Sad indeed. The only thing such organisations can do is prepare for a strong come-back, like the symphony orchestras, string quartets, concert halls,. opera houses, etc.

    The picture shows the liberating joys of feminism in opera, or Mrs Bartoli’s way of sharing the #metoo trend, or a new treatment of throat infections.

  • Farinelli Lives says:

    Her English has improved immensely since the 90’s.

  • Dejan says:

    Mid June? Government decree clearly states no public events until June 30.

  • Aria da capo says:

    The picture is from the 2015 production of “Iphigénie en Tauride” by Ch.W Gluck at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, when Iphigénie (C.Bartoli) is about to sacrifice Oreste (Christopher Maltman) whithout knowing of course that he is her brother. I was in the theatre and I will always say that this man must have nerves of the material spaceships are made of. Delivering this breath-holding scene and exposing his (well-sculpted) anatomy to all the eyes in the Haus fur Mozart…