Salzburg will stage two operas in August

Salzburg will stage two operas in August


norman lebrecht

June 09, 2020

The festival has announced it will put on Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte in the Grosses Festspielhaus, using 1,000 of 2,300 seats, and Richard Strauss’ Elektra in the Felsenreitschule, with 700.

Elektra with be conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Così by the fast-rising Joana Mallwitz.

Casts: Cosi
Elsa Dreisig Fiordiligi
Marianne Crebassa Dorabella
Andrè Schuen Guglielmo
Bogdan Volkov Ferrando
Lea Desandre Despina
Johannes Martin Kränzle Don Alfonso

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner Klytämnestra
Aušrine Stundyte Elektra
Asmik Grigorian Chrysothemis
Michael Laurenz Aegisth
Derek Welton Orest
Tilmann Rönnebeck Orest’s Tutor
Verity Wingate The Trainbearer
Valeriia Savinskaia The Confidante
Matthäus Schmidlechner A Young Servant
Sonja Šarić The Overseer
Bonita Hyman, Katie Coventry, Deniz Uzun, Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Natalia Tanasii Maidservants


  • John says:

    Casting is on the website.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    She looks pretty enough to make my baton stand straight up too.

    • Joel A Stein says:

      Old Man-still don’t get it, huh

    • david hilton says:

      Oh. I didn’t realise that was what the announcement meant by ‘fast-rising’

    • anon says:

      Amazing how you can get so far in your career that you’re conducting at the Salzburg Festpiel and still some ass will make clear in the comments of a large classical music blog that he only sees you for his sexual gratification.

      It’s not a joke, it’s grotesque misogyny.

  • Julien says:

    Great news. And the VPO will play Mahler, Bruckner, Beethoven’s 9 – not really imaginative, but a highly enjoyable snub to the doomsayers announcing that we would only hear small orchestral formations forever.

  • Brettermeier says:

    I’d like to see Mallwitz’ Così fan Tutte. She’s awesome. Too bad it’s in A*stra. I’ll never go there again.

    • Brettermeier says:


      You may frown upon me for never going to A*stria again. But that doesn’t change the fact that Mallwitz is a great conductor.

  • jk says:

    Lea Desandre and Asmik Grigorian! Two of the finest!!

  • Una says:

    Easy when the distancing is only 1 metre apart not two as per the whole British Isles. Makes anything viable just plain impossible.

  • Gustavo says:

    It should also be said that this is the official 100th anniversary of Salzburger Festspiele (premiere of Jedermann in 1920).

    However, the first opera of the festival was performed in 1922 – conducted by Richard Strauss.

    It was neither Così fan tutte nor Elektra.