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Opera Camps for Children and Youths

In cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic and with the support of the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) and Solway Investment Group

For a series of week-long opera camps for children from all over the world ranging in age from 9 to 17 come together in Salzburg. Under the expert guidance of music, dance, voice and set design instructors as well as members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the music-loving children and young people immerse themselves (without their parents) in a specific opera. In concluding performances they also present their own reinterpretations of the works in public. This incredibly successful programme has instilled a love of classical music and opera in children and young adults from all over the world.
In addition to the traditional opera camps, many children and young people will be able to experience a theatre camp devoted to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann (Everyman) – a big success from last year which will also be repeated this coming summer.

Conceived and led by Hanne Muthspiel-Payer
'passwort:klassik', the Vienna Philharmonic’s music education programme

Registration by FR 19 January 2018, 1:00 p.m. 

The number of places is limited. Applicants will be informed whether they have a place by the end of February 2017.
Applications for the opera camps can only be submitted using our online application form. Written applications or applications made over the phone cannot be accepted.
The participation fee includes workshops, rehearsal visit, room and board, leisure time activities.
Bursaries are available for participants from low-income families.
Schloss Arenberg, Arenbergstrasse 10, 5020 Salzburg
Salzburger Studentenwerk - Internationales Kolleg, Billrothstrasse 10-18, 5020 Salzburg

I. Jedermann–Camp

On the drama Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
For German-speaking children and teenagers aged 10 to 17
Camp language: German

Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann (Everyman) lies at the very heart of the Salzburg Festival. ‘The entire city holds its breath for this play’, wrote Max Reinhardt during the 1930s, ‘even the children act out Jedermann.’ Those children did indeed enact their own performance of Hofmannsthal’s Play of the Rich Man’s Death for their own amusement, managing to get onto the Domplatz stage (Cathedral Square) to imitate what they had surreptitiously observed during the play’s rehearsals. Just like then, the children and young people who take part in the Jedermann camp will experience the original version on the Domplatz, and after an intensive week of preparation present their own play with much choral singing. A small group of enthusiastic percussionists and drummers is required in order to create the right atmosphere for the Devil’s scenes – please contact us!

Children who would like to participate in this camp should be fluent in German.

Oliver Madas, Composition and Percussion Ensemble
Ulrich Permanschlager, Conductor and Chorus Master
Harald Volker Sommer, Director
Hanna Adlaoui Mayerl, Sets

Sun 15 July (arrival before midday) to Sat 21 July 2018
Accommodation: Salzburger Studentenwerk, Billrothstrasse
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Sat 21 July, 05:30 pm

II. Zauberflöten–Camp

On the opera Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
For children and teenagers aged 9 to 13
Camp language: German, English

Mozart’s Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is classical music’s most famous Singspiel, casting an enduring spell on adults and children alike. Together we accompany the brave Prince Tamino on a journey into Sarastro’s mysterious kingdom to free his Pamina. Along the way, we become acquainted with wondrous creatures and enchanting melodies, which help Tamino to withstand all his dangerous trials.
In our camp, you will become part of this story: hit the high notes as Queen of the Night, help Papageno to catch his birds or play the magic flute in the camp orchestra.

Tobias Wögerer, Conductor
Anna Drescher, Director
Hudda Chukri, Sets and Direction
Christoph Wigelbeyer, Chorus Master
Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, Overall Direction

Sun 22 July (arrival in the afternoon) to Sat 28 July 2018
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Public Final Performances (free admission):
Sat 28 July, 04:00 pm

III. Queen of Spades–Camp

On the opera Pique Dame by Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski
For teenagers aged 10 to 15
Camp language: German, English

In The Queen of Spades, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky carries us off to the gloomy St Petersburg of the late 18th century. The opera contains all the ingredients of a gripping story: an unhappy love affair, a tragic ending and a dark secret said to win every card game. In the decisive game, the secret of the three cards will supposedly help the player to win and thus amass great wealth. One by one, the cards are revealed: three, seven…
Together we will discover Tchaikovsky’s romantic music, devise our own version of the opera and visit the Grosses Festspielhaus to listen to The Queen of Spades dress rehearsal with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Tobias Wögerer, Conductor
Anna Katharina Bernreitner, Director
Christoph Wigelbeyer, Chorus Master
Hannah Öllinger, Manfred Rainer, Sets and Costumes

Sun 29 July (arrival before midday) to Sat 4 August 2018
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Public Final Performance (free admission):
Fri 04 August, 04:00 pm

IV. Bassarids–Camp

On the opera The Bassarids by Hans Werner Henze
For teenagers aged 14 to 17 
Camp language: German, English

The Greek god Dionysus invites you to the party highlight of the year. Even though attendance is forbidden by King Pentheus, we dance and make merry the whole night. When it is much too late, we recognize Dionysus’s true face. Only the music hints that this revelry ends with a gruesome murder.
Hans Werner Henze’s score for The Bassarids calls for a large orchestra, two choruses, a stage band and vocal soloists to mount this lavish festive gathering, which Henze brings to life with a fascinating musical language. Many tasks await us – and perhaps a quite different fate once this wild night of partying draws to an end.

Tobias Wögerer, Conductor
Harald Volker Sommer, Director
Christian Stefan Horvath, Chorus Master
Teresa Rotemberg, Choreography

Mon 6 August (arrival before midday) to Sun 12 August 2018
Accommodation: Schloss Arenberg
Fees: € 475,- each (Siblings pay each € 455,-)

Public Final Performance (free admission):
Sun 12 August, 04:00 pm

All links to Programme for Children and Teenagers 2018