Mozart Week 2022 in Salzburg canceled due to the corona pandemic

The Mozart Week 2022 in Salzburg falls victim to the corona pandemic. The world’s most important Mozart Festival, which this year should have taken place from January 27th to February 6th, has been canceled. “The situation in Salzburg has deteriorated dramatically and, after consultation with the responsible authorities, there is no improvement in sight,” said Artistic Director Rolando Villazon in a broadcast on Thursday.

Clinging to this year’s festival with around 60 events at ten locations in Salzburg would be unreasonable for everyone involved in view of the assessment of the authorities, explained Villazon. “The health and safety of our artists, the audience and our employees must come first. With an immensely heavy heart, we are therefore forced to completely cancel the Mozart Week 2022 due to the pandemic. “

Peak falls exactly in festival week

A festival of this size with numerous artists, orchestras and ensembles as well as audiences from all over the world is not feasible with the current framework conditions and the lack of planning security. The peak of corona case numbers calculated by the Salzburg state government falls exactly in the festival week, it said. Further short-term tightening such as travel restrictions or a reduction in room occupancy must therefore be expected.

“The health authority of the State of Salzburg estimates the relevant risk with an expected 15 to 20 percent failures in all professions at the end of January 2022, which makes it simply impossible to hold the Mozart Week.” the non-availability of major artists at a later date is not possible.

The program for the Mozart Week 2023 will be presented in May. The Mozart Week looks back on a long tradition. The Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has been celebrating the great composer’s birthday in January with this festival since 1956. In 2021, the Mozart Week was held in a digital short version due to the pandemic.

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