The Salzburg Festival 2013, hosted by Kerry Frumkinï»¿, airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Classical 91.5 beginning February 17, 2013. The worldâ€™s first international music festival, and its most renowned, continues its over 93-year history of producing and presenting great orchestras, soloists, opera, and theater in the historic, picturesque Austrian town where Mozart was born. Among the focuses of the 2013 summer festival were the bi-centennials of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and the centennial of Benjamin Britten. The series includes Verdiâ€™s Requiem, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti; a portion of Wagnerâ€™s only operatic comedy, Die Meistersinger, with baritone Michael Volle as Hans Sachs; and Brittenâ€™s War Requiem, with soloists Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge and Thomas Hampson.
In addition, the series brings listeners a chamber music performance by the Simon Bolivar String Quartet from Venezuela; two Mozart Matinee performances, with conductors Ingo Metzmacher and Ivor Bolton; the Vienna Philharmonic with Christian Thielemann in a symphony of Bruckner; the ORF Symphony Orchestra in music of Mahler, Smetana and featured composer Harrison Birtwistle; a solo recital by baritone Christian Gerhaher; and Nicholas Harnoncourt conducting the Swiss early-music orchestra La Scintilla in Haydnâ€™s first, and rarely performed, oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia.ï»¿