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Wagner, Verdi and Buddhism at Salzburg Festival

Published on Jul 27, 2013 6:06 AM

SALZBURG, Austria (AFP) - The 93rd world-famous Salzburg Festival devoted to classical music, opera and drama opened on Friday, with this year Wagner and Verdi in focus as well as a sprinkling of Buddhist music.

As part of events worldwide in 2013 marking 200 years since their births, Salzburg will see performances of Wagner's The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and Rienzi, and of Don Carlo and Falstaff by Verdi.

Organisers in 2012 paid particular attention to spiritual music, and this year works by Catholic and Protestant composers feature alongside traditional and recent Japanese music inspired by Buddhism.

Also performing will be singers and musicians from the renowned Venezuelan El Sistema project for disadvantaged children, whose founder Jose Antonio Abreu gave a speech at Friday's opening ceremony.

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