The Salzburg State Theatre is a four-storey house with the areas of music theater (opera and operetta), drama, dance theater and children’s and youth theater.
It shows its performances in the State Theatre and in the neighbouring intimate theatre. Individual productions also take place in the festival halls or in other places, such as the Collegiate Church. The Salzburg State Theatre has its own ensemble of singers, actors and dancers, as well as its own choir. The Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg is the home orchestra.
The season runs from mid-September to mid-June. In the summer months, the Salzburg State Theatre is used by the Salzburg Festival for plays and occasionally for opera productions. Approximately 270 employees, 90 of whom work in the artistic field, produce about 20 new productions per season, all of which are produced in-house and equipped by the company’s own workshops with costumes, make-up, props, carpentry, painting and locksmithery.
Until 1775 the Ballhouse, built by Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron, for the “purpose of playing ball, popular with all”, stood at the present location of the theatre. After the Second World War, the Americans, who had confiscated the house, used today’s ballet hall as a film testing station, and the first “ORF” studio was built in today’s smoke foyer. A comprehensive renovation took place in 2003/04 and Peter Doldner took over the management of the house.
Under the direction of Lutz Hochstraate from 1986 to 2004, a children’s and youth theater was added to the State theatre. Carl Philip von Maldeghem has been director of the Salzburg Landestheater since autumn 2009.
On October 23rd 2011, the legendary musical “The Sound of Music” premiered for the first time at the Salzburg state theatre! “Worldwide, this musical is one of the most successful and most played of all time. And the Hollywood film version from 1965 also became world-famous, is one of the most seen films in history and still shapes Salzburg’s image in many countries around the world.“, so state theatre director Carl Philip von Maldeghem. „Now we have succeeded in bringing the piece to Salzburg for the first time. We have signed a contract with the owners of the Musical Rights, the ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization’ in New York, which allows us to bring this piece here to Salzburg for the first time, where the story of the von Trapp family actually takes place “.
„Sound of music“: A success, a real story, a myth that – after Mozart – has carried the city of Salzburg and its culture into the world like no other! The life of the von Trapp family – commander Georg von Trapp and his second wife Maria Kutscheras with their then seven children – is inseparably linked to Salzburg and music. Melodies like “Edelweis” or “My favorite things” are not only known in America or Asia.
The musical “The Sound of Music” has been a worldwide hit for decades. Since its Broadway premiere in 1959, the musical “The Sound of Music” by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein (text) has conquered the world. For years, it has been very successful throughout the Anglo-American-speaking world: Around 2000 performances on Broadway in New York, even more than 2400 performances in London speak a clear language. And also in German-speaking countries, the piece was repeatedly very successful. The basis for the musical are the memories of Maria Augusta von Trapp, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”. The film adaptation of this musical in 1965, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, became the triumph of 20th Century Fox Studios.
Further Information: www.salzburger-landestheater.at