Polish artists at the Salzburg Festival

Aleksandra Kurzak, photo East News

Three Polish musicians has been invited to perform alongside renowned classical musicians from all over the world at this year's edition of the Salzburg Festival in Austria, one of the oldest and largest summer festivals in Europe

The first edition of the Salzburg Festival was launched on August 22, 1920. Since that time, the Salzburg Festival has established itself as one of the most important festivals for opera, drama and concerts. It has managed to thrive even through times of war and political change, systematically evolving and adapting its repertoire to larger and eclectic audiences.

Tenor Piotr Beczała reprises the title role in Romeo and Juliet by Gounod. The brilliant Polish vocalist will perform the opera with Anna Netrebko on August 10, followed by several more performances throught the month of August (20, 23, 27, 30). In February 2009, the pair shared the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in the broadcast production of Donizetti's Lucia from Lammemoor. The Russian primadonna also performed with Beczala in the summer of the same year, in Czajkowski's Jolanta.

Also invited to Salzburg is soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, who will star in the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's DonGiovanni, directed by Claus Gurth on August 9 (repeats 22, 25, 29). Kurzak is also is a recognisable figure at the Metropolitan, having performed there last year in Verdi's Rigoletto and headlined on such stages as the Theatre of Vienna, Staatsoper in Munich and Covent Garden in London. Don Giovanni is scheduled for four performances at this year's festival.

In celebration of the Frederic Chopin Year 2010, festival organisers have invited Krystian Zimerman, who will not only perform a Chopin recital, but will also present a selection of pieces by Grażyna Bacewicz, accompanied by the Hagen Quartett on August 24.

More info on the festival at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at

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