Dear Santa... what do you think of Salzbug in August?
I've been a good girl and I hope you'll read this. As there's not too much time left till Christmas, this is my first letter to you.
The program for Salzburger Festspiele was published. I read it several times from beginning to end. A lot of blogs related to opera and classical music posted news. There are blogs dedicated to particular opera singers that announced that thier favourites will be there. Today in the office I took a break and started daydreaming. What if I could have one month holiday and spend it all in Salzburg? It's a cultural marathon. It's impossible to choose. Everything listed in the program is a MUST SEE.
In no particular order:
*Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala in Romeo and Juliette
*Rolando Villazon in recital - Helene Grimaud at the piano
*Phillipe Jaroussky in recital
*Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky
*Erwin Schrott and Alaxandra Kurzak in Don Giovanni
*Joyce di Donato, Edita Gruberova, Marcello Giordani and Ferrucio Furlanetto in Norma
*Evgeny Kissin in recital
*Vienna Philharmonic / Anne Sophie Mutter / Richardo Chailly
*Karita Matilla with Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle
*Nina Stemme with Swedish Chamber Orchestra
*Jonas Kaufmann in recital - Helmut Deutsch at the piano
In 2010 there are 15 different subscription possibilities. 7 subscription series offer particularly attractive performances on five consecutive days. Performances in the series Kontinent Rihm, Brahms-Szenen, Schubert – Die Liedzyklen, Optional Subscription Chopin/Schumann, Young Directors Project and Dichter zu Gast are thematically coordinated. All orders are requested by January 11, 2010. If you don't want to use the online booking service, tickets can also be ordered by fax.
So you see, Santa, how can you say NO to something like this? Don't reply now. Take your time. Think about it. As I said, this won't be my only letter to you this season. There are plenty of amazing cultural events taking place next year.