(SF, 3 July 2019) Jens Harzer will take on the role of narrator in Luigi Nono’s Il canto sospeso, which was originally to be performed by Bruno Ganz. In 1995, Bruno Ganz had already appeared as the narrator in this piece when it was performed at the Salzburg Festival as part of the Zeitfluss Festival, which was curated by Markus Hinterhäuser and Tomas Zierhofer-Kin. The oeuvre of the great Italian composer has not been performed anywhere in such artistic significance and breadth as at the Salzburg Festival – thanks to Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser – ever since Nono’s “tragedy of listening” Prometeo had its world premiere under Ingo Metzmacher’s baton at the Kollegienkirche in 1993 as part of the Zeitfluss Festival. Since Bruno Ganz passed away, Jens Harzer has been the new bearer of the Iffland-Ring. This distinction is awarded for life to the “most significant and worthy actor in German-language theatre”. The Salzburg Festival dedicates the concert on 24 July to the memory of Bruno Ganz, who died in February.


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