Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur enchanted the audience, with over 140,000 Swarovski crystals providing their signature sparkle. Operatic sensation Anna Netrebko shone in the titular role, both with her inimitable voice and the three spectacular crystal-adorned outfits she wore throughout her captivating performance. Grand designs and sparkling embellishments enhanced the grandiose 18th century setting in which this love story is based.
Swarovski took to the stage again in Jacques Offenbach’s opera Orphée aux enfers, which dazzled with over one million Swarovski crystals. This wicked love story spans the Gods and the Underworld and was filled with costumes adorned with spectacular shimmer. One of the highlights was a glamourous mask worn by Eurydice, wife of Orpheus, with over 35,000 Xirius Rose crystals.
Renowned costume designer Victoria Behr, who created the eclectic and elaborate costumes of Orphée aux enfers, commented: “I was incredibly captivated by the variety and luminosity of the crystals. All eyes are on the costumes because of their radiance. Swarovski crystals really bring the blaze of the underworld to life.”
Swarovski and Salzburg Festival celebrate a seventh year of successful creative partnership this year, with Swarovski bringing brilliant shine to five further incredible performances: Alcina, Idomeneo, Medea, Jedermann and Der Gesang der Zauberinsel.
Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, commented: “Both the Salzburg Festival and Swarovski are global players; the combination of high quality, unmistakable creativity, and Austrian tradition at the heart of both brands is what unites them. I am therefore immensely happy with this
wonderful collaboration once again this year.”