Carinthian Summer Music Festival (Carinthischer Sommer)

10 Jul 2020 - 29 Aug 2020

Ossiach, Austria

Last updated: 23 Sep 2019
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The Carinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria

Founded in the eleventh century and extended during the baroque period, Ossiach Abbey lies on the shores of Lake Ossiach, surrounded by the scenic mountains of Carinthia, Austria's southernmost province. It was here that the Carinthian Summer Music Festival came into being in 1969, a festival now ranking among the most important in Austria. Since 1972, Villach, the Carinthian city most Mediterranean in character, has been the Festival's home away from home.

The Carinthian Summer Music Festival has a special atmosphere with its many venues captivating the hearts both of artists and audiences from all over the world in July and August each year.

World famous artists linked to the Carinthian Summer include Claudio Abbado, Aigul Akhmetshina, Benjamin Appl, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Yefim Bronfman, Grace Bumbry, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, René Clemencic, Alma Deutscher, Christoph von Dohnányi, Wladimir Fedossejew, Bernarda Fink, Ádám Fischer, Sir James Galway, Bruno Ganz, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicolai Gedda, Valery Gergiev, Emil Gilels, Martin Grubinger, Hilary Hahn, Hans and Martin Haselböck, Michael Heltau, Cyprien Katsaris, Lukas Kranzelbinder, Gidon Kremer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Marjana Lipovšek, Lorin Maazel, Oleg Maisenberg, Mischa Maisky, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Tobias Moretti, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, David Oistrach, Seiji Ozawa, Boris Pergamenschikow, Markus Poschner, Will Quadflieg, Ruggero Raimondi, Carole Dawn Reinhart, Katia Ricciarelli, Mstislaw Rostropowitsch, Peter Schreier, Horst Stein, Henryk Szeryng, as well as the most renowned international ensembles and orchestras.

The Festival's hallmark, church opera, has over the years contributed to the Festival's image. Indeed, continuous dialogue between composers, musicians and audiences is nurtured with various events focussing on music appreciation. After Helmut Wobisch, Gerda Fröhlich and Thomas Daniel Schlee the current Artistic & Managing Director of the Carinthian Summer Music Festival from 1st January 2016 onwards is Holger Bleck.

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Practical info

Pricerange per day
25 to 50 euro
Music
Classical Music , Jazz , Rock , Pop , Electronic Music , Early Music
Accomodation
Camping , Partner hotel , Youth hostel , AirBnb
Food
Fast snack , Snack bar , Star resto , Veggie/vegan
Main target group
25 - 50 y/o
Directions & transport
Car park , Train/tram/bus , Airport (max 20km)
Surroundings
City center , Nature , Village
Average attendence per day
Above 10.000 attendees
Art disciplines
Film , Literature , Music , Opera
Support for disabled people
Yes