The Salzburg Festival has invited the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and Kent Nagano to perform the opening concert of the 2018 Festival. On July 20, 2018, at the Festival’s Felsenreitschule, OSM will perform Krzysztof Penderecki’s epic St. Luke Passion, for chorus, soloists and orchestra. As part of the composer’s 85th birthday celebrations, this concert will also be performed in the context of the Ouverture spirituelle series dedicated to sacred music and religiously inspired works. St. Luke Passion was premiered in Münster Cathedral, Germany, on March 30, 1966.

“For nearly a century, the Salzburg Festival has been an international reference in performances of the highest standard,” commented OSM Music Director Kent Nagano.

In August Kent Nagano will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival with the new opera production of Hans Werner Henze’s The Bassarides, staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski. It will be the first time for Kent Nagano to conduct a piece by Henze at the Salzburg Festival. The premiere will be on 16 August. Further performances will take place on 19, 23 and 26 August.


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