A SAN FRANCISCAN IN SALZBURG, PART II: AMADEUS WEEKEND 2006
The Amadeus Weekend continued on Saturday night. Riccardo Muti conducted Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with performances by Rene Pape, Diana Damrau, Genia Kuhmeier, Christian Gerhaler, Irena Bespalovaite, and Wiener Sangerknaben.
A post concert ‘uber’ grand dinner at Casa Austria was held at the home of the Archduke Karl and Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg, another highlight.
Sunday, the final day, featured a gala matinee at the Felsenreitschule (Rock Riding School, an all-Mozart concert under the baton of Daniel Harding with artists Anna Netrebko, Patricia Petibon, Magdalena Kozena, Michael Schade, Thomas Hampson, and Rene Pape.
The concert preceded a casual lunch in the light and airy Donald Kahn Lounge – named for the festivals patron – of the Grosses Festspielhaus, (the Great Festival Hall), with its view of the impressive Pferdeschwemme (Horse Pond Plaza).
Some of the weekend’s many distinguished guests were: Baron Eric de Rothschild, Count and Countess Abensperg und Traun (Ernst and Natasha, Eva’s daughter), Ambassador Earle and Carol Mack, Henry and Tatjana D’Albo (Eva’s daughter), Pedro Girao, Thomas and Thea Gottschalk, Bianca Jagger, Alberto Lensi, Peter Lusk, Bambi Otto, Eva’s son Christopher O’Neill, Joan Penn, Stephen and Christine Schwarzmann, Linda Silverman, Swiss art dealer Raul Suarez, Karen Luter, and Susan Gutfreund.
When the festival ended, a few guests retreated in the country at the historic Hotel Schloss Fuschl, enjoying the tranquility of the lake and the fabulous spa, everyone vowing to return next year to Salzburg’s old world charm.