THE 20TH BEIJING MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017
A Timeless Karajan Version of Wagner
2017 marks not only the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, it is also the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Music Festival, and the 50th anniversary of the Salzburg Easter Festival, founded by the famous conductor Herbert von Karajan in 1967.
In his very first festival, Herbert von Karajan not only conducted Richard Wagner’s opera, Die Walküre, he also directed his own staging of this masterpiece, and it is his “Salzburg” production that - at the invitation of our Principal Guest Conductor, Yu Long - will be presented at the 2017 Beijing Music Festival in October - a co-production between Salzburg and Beijing, with Karajan’s widow scheduled to be in attendance, and with Jaap in the pit conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Siegmund:Stuart Skelton, tenor
Sieglinde:Michaela Kaune, soprano
Hunding:Andrii Goniukov, bass
Wotan:Vitalji Kowaljow, bass baritone
Fricka:Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo soprano
Brühnehilde:Christiae Libor, soprano
Vera Nemirova, director