The Salzburg Festival is a high-profile festival of opera, drama and concert that takes place every summer for 5-6 weeks in Salzburg (Austria), the town where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Roche is proud of its commitment to enable contemporary music at the Salzburg Festival and to promote culture and science in innovative settings and through Roche Continents.
World's largest and most prestigious festival
The Salzburg Festival was founded in 1920. In the midst of the First World War, founding fathers Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt, Richard Strauss, Alfred Roller and Franz Schalk determined to establish the Salzburg Festival with a view to reconciling the peoples of war-torn Europe. From its inception, the festival was conceived as a project to combat existential crisis and the erosion of values in modern society as well as the identity crisis affecting not only individuals but also entire nations. For six weeks in summer, the Salzburg Festival stages opera, theatre and concert performances of outstanding artistic merit against a backdrop of flawlessly preserved Baroque architecture which is itself a marvel. The Salzburg Festival enjoys a reputation for being the world’s largest and most prestigious festival with its sheer number of performances, annual visitors and tickets offered for sale.