Salzburg Festival plans opera webcast

29th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Austrian festival is taking its lead from the world-famous Bayreuth Festival in Germany, where an Internet broadcast and free outdoor viewing were staged for the first time last year.

Vienna -- The ultra-exclusive Salzburg Festival is to reach out to a wider audience this year by webcasting one of its opera performances for the first time, organisers announced Tuesday.

The premiere of a new production of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" will be available online on Thursday, just hours after the actual performance, said the festival's main sponsor, German electronic giant Siemens.

The Austrian festival is taking its lead from the world-famous Bayreuth Festival in Germany, where an Internet broadcast and free outdoor viewing were staged for the first time last year.

The cost of the webcast is just 7.90 euros (11.20 dollars) per viewing and the performance will also be available on-demand for a week afterwards.

People in Salzburg, however, can watch the performance in real-time and for free when it is transmitted live to a giant screen in the town's Kapitelplatz square, Siemens said.

Such free public viewings have been a firm fixture of the Salzburg Festival since 2002, while Bayreuth saw its first-ever last year.

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