Das große Silvesterkonzert
Das große Silvesterkonzert
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Grand New Year’s Eve Concert

„Alles Walzer“

Concert with ballet

Date: 31 December 2022 / Great Festival Hall


The exclamation “Alles Walzer” (“Everybody waltz!”) traditionally marks the official opening of the Vienna Opera Ball. This year, it aptly describes the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Great Festival Hall. Musical Director Leslie Suganandarajah, the Mozarteum Orchestra, opera ensemble soloists and the ballet dancers of the Salzburg State Theatre welcome audiences to this extraordinary end-of-the-year concert, whose 2022 edition will focus on waltzes.

Names like Joseph Lanner, Johann Strauss (the Elder and the Younger) and Émile Waldteufel traditionally epitomise the Viennese Waltz genre. But the programme also encompasses composers who are less known for their affinity for waltzes, such as Maurice Ravel or Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In anticipation of the world premiere of her latest opera, young composer Alma Deutscher will also contribute a waltz suite of her own.

For decades, the Great Festival Hall has served as the venue for the Grand New Year’s Eve Concert of the Salzburg State Theatre and the Mozarteum Orchestra. For many visitors from near and far, the concert is an annual highlight. With a clearly outlined thematic programme – this year presenting a bouquet of the most beautiful melodies from the Austrian and global traditions of symphonic waltzes – Salzburg hails the new year even before the clock strikes midnight.

When the Viennese Waltz first appeared in ballrooms around 1800, it was considered improper because of its spirited pace. But composers such as Joseph Lanner (1801–1843) and Johann Strauss the Elder (1804–1849) soon made it one of the most popular ballroom dances in Austria and laid the groundwork for its global success story. The dance has continued to inspire composers to create catchy melodies from the 19th century to the present day.

Leslie Suganandarajah has been the Salzburg State Theatre’s Musical Director since 2019. He previously acted as principal conductor at the Theater Koblenz and the Landestheater Linz. He was also invited to serve as a guest conductor for orchestras including the MDR-Sinfonieorchester, the WDR-Funkhausorchester and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. 2022 marks his third season conducting the Grand New Year’s Eve Concert in Salzburg.


Musical Director Leslie Suganandarajah

Host Carl Philip von Maldeghem

Choreography Reginaldo Oliveira
Solist*innen und Ballettensemble

Orchestra Mozarteumorchester Salzburg