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The first opera production by the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2012 Salzburg Festival will be a 100th-anniversary staging of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Daniel Harding – and will be filming the event in partnership with Rolex. The free webcast will stream live at 11:15 a.m. EST on August 5, and will be available for subsequent viewing for 90 days. Ariadne auf Naxos had its world premiere in 1912 at the Salzburg Festival, and this new 100th anniversary production directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf serves as a centennial homage to the festival’s three founders: Strauss, Ariadne librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Max Reinhardt, the dedicatee of the opera. The cast includes Emily Magee as the Prima Donna/Ariadne, along with Jonas Kaufmann as the Tenor/Bacchus. This is the second time has webcast a live Ariadne auf Naxos; this past March, music lovers enjoyed watching a live stream of the Strauss opera from Baden-Baden with Renée Fleming starring in the title role.
The audience reached a historic peak on Monday night, July 30 – with 22,180 connections for the Verbier Festival webcast of  Martha Argerich and Joshua Bell performing with the Verbier Festival Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi (the 156th live concert Webcast by This was the largest audience for a live event in six years. The total viewing figure for the Verbier Festival concerts on the Web site and app now amounts to 242,240 – and will continue to grow until the festival’s end on August 5. and notably with the highly-anticipated all-Mozart recital of Rolando Villazón to be broadcast live on Saturday, August 4 at 12 p.m.; the tenor will be accompanied by the Verbier Festiival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marc Minkowski.
And in other news, will webcast Claudio Abbado conducting Mozart’s Requiem live from the Lucerne Festival on August 8 at 4:30 p.m. GMT, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Choir and an all-star cast of vocal soloists – Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Maximilian Schmitt and René Pape. Along with the Requiem (in the Beyer/Levin version), the program features Beethoven’s rarely performed incidental music to the play Egmont, with soprano Juliane Banse and recitations by famed German actor Bruno Ganz.
Ariadne auf Naxos from Salzburg on
Daniel Harding, conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf, stage director 
Rolf Glittenberg, set designer 
Marianne Glittenberg, costume designer 
Heinz Spoerli, choreographer 
Ronny Dietrich, dramaturgy 
Jürgen Hoffmann, lighting designer
Vienna Philharmonic

Emily Magee (The Prima Donna/Ariadne) 
Elena Moșuc (Zerbinetta)
Jonas Kaufmann (The Tenor/Bacchus ) 
Eva Liebau (Naiad/A Shepherdess) 
Marie-Claude Chappuis (Dryad/A Shepherd) 
Eleonora Buratto (Echo/A Singer) 
Gabriel Bermúdez (Harlequin) 
Michael Laurenz (Scaramuccio) 
Tobias Kehrer (Truffaldino) 
Martin Mitterrutzner (Brighella) 
Peter Matić (The Major-Domo) 
Cornelius Obonya (M. Jourdain) 
Thomas Frank (The Composer) 
Michael Rotschopf (Hofmannsthal) 
Regina Fritsch (Ottonie/Dorine) 
Stefanie Dvorak (Nicolina) 
Johannes Lange (Flunky)
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The webcast of the New York Philharmonic’s Philharmonic 360 event earlier this month was a tremendous success. The Philadelphia Inquirer declared: “Besides being a logistical feat, the project had true event status in a city where even everyday life can be an event.” More than ever, classical music lovers have reason to make visiting the site an habitual pleasure, as the best classical videos according to fans of – concerts, operas, documentaries and archival treasures – are available for rental, just $3.99-$4.99 until September 15. See this array of the most viewed programs on
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One of the biggest successes to date at has been the webcast of a Lucerne Festival concert featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic that has been watched more than 347,500 times (live and on-demand) by visitors from 150 countries. Other recent popular offerings from include the New York Philharmonic’s  “Philharmonic 360” concert conducted by Alan Gilbert, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition Final Round at Beijing’s NCPA, the Berlin Philharmonic summer concert at the Waldbühne in Berlin, Renée Fleming in Ariadne auf Naxos at Baden-Baden Festival and Rossini’s Otello starring Cecilia Bartoli.
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