For its 100th edition, the Salzburg festival opens its doors under restrictions due to the pandemic


The 100th edition of the music festival, opera and Salzburg Theater (Austria), escaping a global wave of cancellations, opened its doors this weekend, with many protective measures against the coronavirus.

The festivals started on Saturday August 1 with performances byElektra, the opera by Richard Strauss directed by the Polish Krzysztof Warlikowski, and the play Everyman, played every year since the creation of the event. The play was supposed to be performed outdoors in Salzburg’s Cathedral Square, but a thunderstorm forced it to be performed indoors, with masked spectators struggling to maintain safety distances when going to sit, according to local press.

In the program : Peter Handke and Mozart

The organizers have promised to respect strict sanitary measures for this light version of the festival – 110 shows are scheduled for August, against 200 initially. The 80,000 tickets sold – against 230,000 in other years – are personalized to allow contact tracing in the event of contamination. Spectators must wear a mask until they are seated, and there will be no intermission or catering. Artists who cannot respect a distance (…)

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