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CULTURE, ARTS AND SOCIETY

Salzburg Cooperations

Shakespeare in the Park

More than 80 years after Reinhardt’s own opening night of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was called off due to heavy rain, the Schloss Park was again home to theater in 2014 with a summer-long staging of Lovers and Fools, scenes from Shakespearean plays, performed by actors from the Salzburger Landestheater (Salzburg State Theater). A sell-out success, unhindered by the changeable Salzburg weather, the production has returned to the Schloss each summer since. 

“Creativity underpins our heritage and the collaborations we inspire,” said Clare Shine, Salzburg Global Vice President and Chief Program Officer and former theater critic for the Financial Times. “This joyous Shakespeare in the Park production revealed the ‘power of place’ that so enchants our Fellows and guests. ‘Fairies’ took the audience on a magical promenade from comedy to tragedy, from a dripping Romeo charging out of the lake to an acrobatic lovers’ chase in the treetops. The ethereal beauty of madrigals sung by young Salzburg singers comes back to me every time I sit on the terrace.”

More information on the latest program can be found on the Landestheater's website.

Past Initiatives

Writers in Residence / Dichter zu Gast

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From 2007 to 2010, Salzburg Global Seminar and Salzburg Festival established a formal partnership program called Dichter zu Gast, recasting an important historical relationship. From 1918 to 1938, Schloss Leopoldskron was owned by Max Reinhardt, the co-founder of the Salzburg Festival and former Director of the Deutsches Theatre (German Theatre, Berlin). Over twenty years, Reinhardt restored Schloss Leopoldskron to its current splendor, revitalizing the palace and creating the Library, the Venetian Room, and a garden theatre. Reinhardt used Leopoldskron for theatre productions and as gathering place for writers, actors, composers, and designers from around the world.
It was inside Schloss Leopoldskron that the idea for the Salzburg Festival was born. 

During Reinhardt's time, Schloss Leopoldskron erved as the creative and artistic salon of the Festival - a place for free and creative encounters and conversations. In the historic ambiance of the Schloss, contemporary issues were discussed and artistic projects were reviewed and conceptualized. Many of the projects conceived at Leopoldskron would also substantially shape the direction and program of the Festival in years to come.

2007: Jeffrey Eugenides and Richard Ford

The first Writers in Residence, in August 2007, were the American writers and Pulitzer Prize winners Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex, and Richard Ford, author of The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and Lay of the Land.

2008: Dimitré Dinev and Orhan Pamuk

In 2008, the Writers in Residence were the Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, author of The White Castle, The Black Book, The New Life, My Name is Red, and Snow; and the Bulgarian/Austrian writer Dimitré Dinev, author of Ein Licht über dem Kopf and Das Haus des Richters

2009: Daniel Kehlmann, Tom Stoppard and Adam Thirlwell

During July and August 2009, Daniel Kehlmann, Tom Stoppard, and Adam Thirlwell were all in residence at Schloss Leopoldskron. All three held public readings and discussions at the Landestheater and the Mozarteum, and Daniel Kehlmann also delivered the Festival's traditional Opening Oration.

2010: Claudio Magris

During August 2010, Claudio Magris, one of Italy’s most important experts on German literature and writers on current cultural matters and one of the best-known literati and essayists in Europe, was in residence at Schloss Leopoldskron. He held public readings and discussions at the Landestheater and the Mozarteum. Up to the time of his retirement as Professor for German Language and Literature at the University of Trieste he supervised translations of many German writing authors, including Joseph Roth, Arthur Schnitzler and Georg Büchner.

2014: Manjiri Prabhu

In the autumn of 2014, Salzburg Global Fellow and "India's Agatha Christie", Manjiri Prabhu took up residence at Schloss Leopoldskron to research and write her novel, The Trail of Four, which was based at the palace. The Schloss, Max Reinhardt, Salzburg Global Seminar and the city of Salzburg itself all featured prominently in gripping thriller. Copies can be purchased online or directly at the Reception of Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Just like his works for the Salzburger Festspiele, Max Reinhardt’s Rococo palace and gardens at Schloss Leopoldskron became the site for a grand productions once again. In the summer of 2010, the 90th anniversary year of the Salzburger Festspiele, the gates of Schloss Leopoldskron's opened, and invited visitors into the park for a very special “midsummer night’s dream.”

Due to the grand success in 2010, the Salzburger Festspiele again hosted four evening events of theater, gastronomy, and elegance during August, 2011. Nestled between the quaint pavilions and majestic oaks, guests savored their gourmet picnics, out on the green. As the sun set, selected acting students from Salzburg’s Mozarteum performed "Short Cuts" from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When dusk fell, Reinhardt’s famous 1935 Hollywood film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (featuring James Cagney & Mickey Rooney) was shown, in its original version, on an open-air screen on the shore of lake Leopoldskron.

During these evening events, the guests were given the rare opportunity of experiencing a taste of the atmosphere, culture, and romance, which Max Reinhardt so skillfully and devotedly nurtured at Schloss Leopoldskron, while inhabiting the palace.