The Salzburg Festival Society celebrated its annual elegant black-tie evening to announce the 2018 program of the Salzburg Festival presented by Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and its President Helga Rabl-Stadler. This season's theme, “Passion and Ecstasy,” will offer a new production of the Magic Flute staged by American Director Lydia Steier. Giving a musical preview of the upcoming season were Soprano Christiane Karg and Bass Baritone Adam Plachetka, who will be Pamina and Papageno is this Salzburg Festival production.
“America has always been important to the Salzburg Festival for its spirit of philanthropy, inclusion and refuge.” - Gerhard Andlinger
Each year the magic of the Salzburg Festival comes to New York! It is the Salzburg Festival Society Gala, a most elegant black-tie event, presenting some of the greatest and rising stars in the world. The Onyx Ballroom of the Park Hyatt New York, across from Carnegie Hall, was transformed into a jewel box for the performing arts presenting Bass Baritone Adam Plachetka and Soprano Christiane Karg. They will both be performing in a new production of the Magic Flute in Salzburg this summer as Papageno and Pamina. The impressive program of The Salzburg Festival was presented by its Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and its President Helga Rabl-Stadler.
America has always been important to the Salzburg Festival for its spirit of philanthropy, inclusion and refuge. Since 2005, the Salzburg Festival Society, founded by its Chairman Gerry Andlinger, has raised over $10 Million Dollars to support valuable initiatives of the Festival. Programs have included the English program translations, American artists and orchestras, The Young Singer’s Project, the popular Children’s Music Camps and Innovative productions, some coproduced and presented in the U.S.
The Salzburg Festival Society was established as the official liaison between Americans and the Salzburg Festival, many international guests with residences in the US are also part of the group, with members from Tokyo, Paris, Geneva, Tel Aviv and other major cities.
One of the Festival’s founders, Max Reinhardt has his resting place today in New York. America was his place of refuge and now Salzburg is a city in the world to withdraw from the business of our daily lives and experience the highest level of artistic excellence in a most beautiful setting.
This affair was attended by generations of Austrian diplomats, with the current Austrian Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner present. Other former Ambassadors, The Hon. Helene von Damm and The Hon. Alexa Wesner.