Cecilia Bartoli

Successful First Whitsun Festival

The first Salzburg Whitsun Festival with Cecilia as Artistic Director turned out to be a great success: During the four days of the festival, 10.500 visitors enjoyed the eight performances - that is 3000 people more than in previous years and 96% of available tickets. Music-lovers travelled to Salzburg from 39 (previously 30) countries. For the first time, guests from Russia equalled those from the USA and France moved up to third position after Austria and Germany. Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler spoke of a "whitsun miracle": "The Whitsun Festival is no longer the little sister of the summer Festival, but a jewel that shines in its own right." This year's Whitsun Festival also marked the beginning of Alexander Pereira's tenure as Intendant of the Salzburg Festival. Back to News »

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