The Salzburg Advent Singing 2019
"Passing on the good and throwing your heart onto the stage"
The premiere of the Salzburg Advent Singing 2019
The premiere of the 2019 Salzburg Advent Singing on November 29 is imminent: Today, on November 27, 2019, the leading team Hans Köhl, Daniela Meschtscherjakov, Klemens Vereno, Hellmut Hölzl, Dietmar Solt and Stefan Sperr as well as the main actors of this year’s play gave insights into the completely reworked work “Der Sterngucker”.
Klemens Vereno is taking part in the Salzburg Advent Singing as a composer for the 15th time. He took part for the first time 20 years ago and this is now his 10th year under the direction of Hans Köhl. “It is always exciting as a contemporary composer to be transported to another time. In choral music, my inspiration goes back to Heinrich Schütz and his use of language. In the instrumental field, I like to imagine the composer Brahms. On this basis, I try to do justice to the sound world of Advent singing. Art music and folk music complement each other. Without the one, the other is inconceivable. It is beautiful, but also challenging, to stage the variety of ensembles musically. This year we have the Mühlviertler Vokalensemble, the Volksliedchor, the Saitenmusik, woodwinds, brass, strings… – everyone should come into their own according to the sounds and expressive possibilities – individually and in orchestral interaction. This year, the little shepherds will also be involved in large vocal works. It is always wonderful to see the level with which all participants contribute to the performance of the Salzburg Advent Singing.”
Exceeding your own expectations
Every year, the question remains unanswered: What will Maria wear? Hellmut Hölzl is once again providing the costumes for all the performers this year. But what exactly Maria will wear remains a secret until the premiere. “Which is no secret to me, of course: I’ve known what it looks like for a long time,” Simone Vierlinger says with amusement. She and Bernhard Teufl have been playing Joseph and Mary for years. “Joseph and Mary are not an old couple. They are much more of a cheeky, lively couple, which is also reflected in the colors of the costumes. The colors this year are very strong and blue. Mary alone will be wearing the color red in her costume, that much I can already reveal,” says Hölzl.
Stefan Sperr reports positive news from advance ticket sales: “Our ticketing is up to date for online bookings, but we also offer our guests direct contact with our service team, which is very popular. Even though we have been sold out since October, there are always opportunities to get the best tickets from returns. Just take a look at www.salzburgeradventsingen.at,” he recommends.
“Der Sterngucker” may be a simple work, but Simone Vierlinger raves about the incredible richness that each individual brings to the table. “Rehearsals with Daniela sometimes go into great detail, in a very positive way. I’m grateful for that.” Elisabeth Eder as the angel and Martina Gmeinder in the role of the pregnant Elisabeth are taking part for the second time. Elisabeth has a short but important part in the play: Maria talks to her about her pregnancy for the first time. “I wanted to have an Elisabeth in this year’s production – Martina Gmeinder established herself fantastically as a wonderful contralto in this role last year,” explains Hans Köhl.
Jubilee for Bernhard Teufl
Edwin Hochmuth for the shepherd children
Next year, we will celebrate 60 years of Salzburg Advent Singing in the Great Festival Hall. By then, we will have given 900 performances and welcomed 1.5 million visitors. Under the title “Fear not”, we reflect on the Jewish origins of the Christmas story.