Salzburg to spend $350 million on enlarging halls

Salzburg to spend $350 million on enlarging halls


norman lebrecht

June 24, 2022

The Salzburg Festival has chosen the Austrian architects Jabornegg & Pálffy to design a $350 million expansion of its festival halls and build a new stage for the a new stage for the Haus für Mozart.

Additional storage and work areas are to be dug into the mountainside.

The schedule for completion is 2030.


  • Tamino says:

    Enlargement of the Festspielhaus? Seriously.
    Sure not more a renovation and redesign, also acoustically?

    Festspielhaus is already on the larger side, too wide, enlarge it further and it becomes impossible acoustically.

    • Pianofortissimo says:

      Ideal for a new generation of the classical music public that will be thre to be seen, not to listen to the concerts…

      • Helen says:

        How do you know? I’ve been hearing this all my life, usually based on the assumption that well dressed people cannot be serious.

        In 2022, there are far more comfortable and less demanding options for those who ‘want to be seen’. Nobody sits through several hours of Wagner solely to be seen.

        The biggest experts on opera and classical music audiences are those who have never been part of one.

      • Alan says:

        Know these people personally do you?

        I’ve seen many fantastic performances in Salzburg and look forward to many more

      • Pianofortissimo says:

        It seems that I touched some exposed nerve. 🙂

  • Tamino says:

    probably just another misleading headline. not the halls are to be expanded, but the backstage facilities.

    • Tricoteurs says:

      Bravo, for providing more backstage space. This emphasizes the importance music, by making adding space for those who ensure success of performances, from housekeeping to musicians and all in between.