Press Room launches new Festivals App for iPad and iPhone

The latest mobile application is its Festivals App – the gateway for music lovers to enjoy the world’s greatest classical festivals anywhere and anytime. The Festivals App – available starting July 17 from the Apple App Store – is dedicated to the festivals of Salzburg, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Annecy and Operalia, among others. The Sacramento Bee described as “a go-to destination for classical music and opera,” and the new Festivals App makes this truer than ever.

 – Via this app, viewers can enjoy HD video with great loading speed – including over 40 concerts live and replay for free.

 – App users can stay connected following the news through the Twitter timeline and sharing exclusive content both on Facebook and Twitter.

 – Users can also stream any single archive movie for free per day (choosing from concerts, opera, ballet, documentaries), with full chaptering for the best experience.

Among the highlights of the European summer festival season on are:

 – Salzburg Festival, which runs from July 19 to September 1. The Salzburg coverage will include a webcast of Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, his “Symphony of a Thousand” – with the performance drawing on eight soloists, four choruses and the 200 musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Also from Salzburg will be a live webcast on August 16 of Verdi’s Don Carlo starring Jonas Kaufmann, conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Peter Stein.

 – Since its inception, has been on location at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. With the festival running from July 19 to August 4, Verbier offerings will include 25 starry events broadcast live, including a July 25 concert of Verdi and Wagner conducted by Valery Gergiev and featuring soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. On July 28, the Verbier Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala concert gathering the most iconic stars of the Festival including Thomas Quasthoff, Evgeny Kissin, Yuja Wang, Ebène Quartet and many others.

 – This year, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia – the international opera competition – will take place in Verona, Italy, from Aug. 19 to 25, and will be there to broadcast the grand finale on August 25.

 – From August 20 to 30, it’s the Annecy Classic Festival in France, with highlights on including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic as orchestra-in-residence (Aug 20-22, 29-30) among 10 other exclusive live webcasts.



Critical praise grows for with each passing month. The Toronto Star called the site “a seismic shift in the world of classical music,” and the Baltimore Sun said: “This is an amazing site for lovers of classical music.” According to Alex Ross’s blog, The Rest Is Noise, “The hits keep coming at”  Offering “treasures aplenty” was how Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly put it, naming as one of the web’s best classical experiences.

Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 150,000 music and arts lovers from 182 countries – who have watched over 20 million videos to date. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems, now offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and for the Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones and the Android. Consumers of Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-rays can now access the application – worldwide in 170 countries since March 1, 2013 on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 models and on all future models.

In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live concerts each year, has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,200 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, masterclasses, artist portraits and archival material by such legendary musicians as Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

More must-see opera productions have been added to the library, including George Benjamin’s Written on Skin – described by Le Monde as “the best opera of the past 20 years” – and Verdi’s La Traviata starring Mireille Delunsch and directed by Peter Mussbach, both stagings from Aix-en-Provence. Other must-see items in the library include archival footage of Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan and Vladimir Horowitz, alongside master classes by Alfred Brendel and James Conlon.

Watch concerts on the iPhone with the free App. is produced by MUSEEC, in partnership with ROLEX.

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