Cecilia Bartoli has had a busy week. Opening her 2014 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, singing in it, celebrating her birthday and, finally, revealing her plans for the 2015 festival. All whilst dressed as a milkmaid. Pretty impressive.
This year's festival centres on Rossini. Next year's is elevated to the divine with a 'gods' theme.
La Ceci herself takes the leading role in the festival's two operas: Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride, directed by her beloved Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, and a concert performance of Handel's Semele. During the daylight hours there are two vocal recitals and a chamber concert. For the first time the Hamburg ballet visit the Whitsun Festival, where they will present John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other festival firsts are a reading, a puppet show and cinema screenings to complement the musical programme. Four packed days end with a gala concert featuring Anna Netrebko, Vesselina Kasarova, Juan Diego Florez and Christopher Maltman alongside La Ceci, with arias by Purcell, Gluck, Haydn and Offenbach. Ticket prices are unfortunately as steep as ever, ranging from 12 to 430 euros.
The 2015 programme in full: