Contributors 2019

"The Stargazer"


Art Direction

Hans Köhl

Every year, Hans Köhl creates the concept, programmatic idea and text for the entire musical and staged work. Since his nomination in 1989 as the managing director and subsequently ombudsman of the cooperative society Salzburger Heimatwerk, he has been profoundly familiar with the Salzburg Advent Festival. After the death of its long-time artistic director Tobias Reiser jun. (1946-1999), he took over these responsibilities and thereby the main leadership of the Salzburg Advent Festival.

His artistic passion, combined with his business acumen, became the motor for each new production. Given the heritage and responsibility of this great tradition, he demands the utmost from himself and all those involved in the artistic production. Under his leadership, the Salzburg Advent Festival has touched innumerable people’s hearts and souls over the years, but does not shrink from challenging messages and courageous new perspectives.



Klemens Vereno

Born in Salzburg in 1957, Klemens Vereno studied composition with Cesar Bresgen and Rudolf Kelterborn and conducting in Salzburg and Basel. He has taught at the Mozarteum (composition, instrumentation etc.) and since 2008 also at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy.

From 1988 to 1993 he conducted the Salzburg Advent Festival. His compositions for the Salzburg Advent Festival: 1989-91, 1995, 2005, 2012 Sonst bliebe es ein Traum, 2008 Sie haben uns a Botschaft bracht, 2010 Wer klopfet an, 2011 Der Stern, 2014 Der Sterngucker.

Selected works:
Passion Oratorio Das Leben uns zu schenken, Hölderlin Symphony Gesänge der Ferne, Mass of Psalms, Salzburger Domsinfonie for five Organs and Orchestra, Oratorio An versteinerter Schwelle (commemorating the 100th anniversary of Georg Trakl’s death in 2014), orchestral works, chamber music, organ works, choral music and many others.


Herbert Böck

is chief conductor of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, artistic director of Concentus Vocalis and was appointed professor for choral and ensemble conducting at the Mozarteum University Salzburg in 1995. Originally from Lower Austria, he received his first music education while a soprano soloist with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and then went on to study oboe, conducting, composition and music education at the Vienna Music Academy.

For five years he was principal oboist of the RSO Vienna, and for nine years artistic director of the Wiener Singakademie, a position that included obligatory conducting at the Konzerthaus Vienna. Numerous concert tours have taken him through all of Europe, to Russia, Israel and the USA. For 16 years, Herbert Böck has been the ideal conductor of the Salzburg Advent Festival – he esteems and respects folk music as a musical foundation and loves working with choirs.

Costume and Mask Designer

Hellmut Hölzl

With his costumes, Hellmut Hölzl has given the Salzburg Advent Festival its unmistakable “corporate design” for many years. The former long-term director of the men’s tailoring workshop at the Salzburg Festival is a master of perfection. Each production requires new costumes, conforming to the current staging concept and, most importantly, emphasising the personality of the actor or actress in question.

The costumes are tailored to the characters of the actors, shepherds’ children and singers, and produced by hand. “This task at the Salzburg Advent Festival is particularly intense, but also interesting, and a great challenge for a classical costume designer,” says Hellmut Hölzl.


Stage Sets, Projections

Dietmar Solt

For 16 years, the Salzburg-based set designer has created the stage sets for the Salzburg Advent Festival at the Großes Festspielhaus. His international experience contributes to the implementation of the challenges to be met every year anew. Together with his highly motivated team, he creates fascinating spaces and performance venues.

The challenge is to adapt the immensely broad, but not very deep space in front of the iron curtain at the Festspielhaus to the scenes, and to accompany these in a supportive and almost imperceptible way. The new concept of the Salzburg Advent Festival every year requires a new visual interpretation of the stage as well. This year, the Biblical events are complemented with a performance venue of 1946 in Salzburg’s historical city centre. Dietmar Solt is looking forward to this challenge and is sure to create yet another highly characteristic “look” for the Salzburg Advent Festival in 2016.




Wolfgang Hundegger

Wolfgang Hundegger

Salzburg Shepherd children

Salzburg Shepherd children

Lieserl / Franzl, the little staargazers
Magdalena Neureiter (flute) / Sebastian Scheibner (flugelhorn)

Die ersten drei Hirten
Peterl / Fabian Stockinger (guitar)
Moidi / Michaela Vitzthum (flugelhorn)
Reserl / Lorena Resch (Alto saxophone)

Salzburger Hirtenkinder
Carolin Altenberger (harmonica)
Kiara Atteneder (violin)
Julia Burkali (violin, oboe)
Johannes Doppler (trombone, dulcimer)
Philip Eder (Posaune)
Anna Lechner (flute)
Felix Neureiter (clarinet)
Elisa Oberkofler (hatp)
Sarah Oberkofler (horn)
Magdalena Öschlberger (violin, flute)
Johanna Renzl (violin)
Leni Seer (violin)
Michael Thalmayer (double bass)
Sofie Zeilner (violin)

Production, Support

from left to right:
Gudrun Köhl-Korbuly
Markus Helminger
Simon Haitzmann
Daniela Meschtscherjakov (not in the picture)

Vocal Cast

Mühlviertler Vocal Ensemble

from left to right:
Lead: Johanna Dumfart (soprano; Arrangements)
Lisa Maria Stadler (mezzo-soprano)
Jana Oberndorfer (Alt)
Ulrich Witkowski (Tenor)
Reinhard Gusenbauer (Bariton)
Josef Söllinger (Bass)




Salzburg String Music Ensemble

from left to right:
Lead: Reinhold Schmid (Guitar)
Heidi Grundner (Harp)
Kerstin Schmid-Pleschonig (Dulcimer)
Konstantin Schrempf (Organ)
Johannes Rohrer (Zither)
Franz Obermair (double bass)

Salzburg Violinists

from left to right:
Lead: Maria Dengg (Violin)
Andrea Brucker (Viola)
Timea Laczkò-Tòth (Cello)
Burgi Vötterl (Violin)
Franz Obermair (double bass)
Not in the picture: Gundl Aggermann (flute)

Juvavum Brass Ensemble

from left to right:
Thomas Höger (Trombone)
Christian Sperl (Horn)
Lead: Horst Hofer (Trumpet, Flugelhor)
Zoran Curovic (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Hans Gerl (Horn)
Erwin Wendl (Trombone)

Salzburg Brass Sheet Music Ensemble

from left to right:
Anton Gmachl (clarinet)
Gundl Aggermann (flute)
Lead: Gottfried Linsinger (Oboe, English horn)
Gerti Hollweger (Bassoon),
Stefan Promegger (bass clarinet)


David Grubinger

Technology and equipment




Lead: Hubert Schwaiger
Wolfgang Brunauer, Paul Fresner
light inspection: Simon Nagl

Light design

Hans Köhl, Hubert Schwaiger

Sound engineering

Lead: Edwin Pfanzagl-Cardone
Werner Heidrich

Stage technology

Lead: Helmut Schauer


Stage construction

Alfred Laserer, Carpentry - Gosau


Ticket Service Salzburger Advent Singing
Salzburger Heimatwerk - Neue Residenz
A-5010 Salzburg, Residenzplatz 9

+43 (0)662 843 182

Opening times:
Monday to friday: 10.00 to 14.00

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