Kontinent Sciarrino will unfold in Salzburg from 3rd to 16th August and will consist of nine events. The program begins on 3rd August with the world premiere of 12 Madrigali (published by Rai Trade) commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and performed by the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. On the same day it will be possible to see the new production of Luci mie traditrici, the two-act opera with a libretto written by the composer himself and based on Il tradimento per l’onore by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini. The Klangforum Wien will be conducted by Beat Furrer, while the stage direction has been entrusted to Klaus Michael Grüber. The scenery and costumes are by Rebecca Horn. The singers will include Anna Radziejewska (La Malaspina), Otto Katzameier (Il Malaspina), Kai Wessel (the guest) and Simon Jaunin (the servant). Additional performances are scheduled for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th August. On 9th August (additional performances on 10th and 11th) at the Teatro delle Marionette there will be the Austrian premiere of the Terribile e spaventosa storia del principe di Venosa e della bella Maria with the Pupi Siciliani of the Compagnia Figli d’Arte Cuticchio, the voice of Carola Gay, the Lost Cloud Quartet and Jonathan Faralli on percussion. On 11th August Carolin Widmann will perform the Sei Capricci for solo violin and Mario Caroli the Austrian premiere of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 in the form of Sciarrino’s transcription for flute. It will also be possible to hear the composer’s transcriptions of Mozart, Cole Porter and Scarlatti for a quartet of saxophones performed by the ensemble XASAX. On 13th August Mario Caroli, on this occasion with the mezzo-soprano Sonia Turchetta and the Basel Sinfonietta conducted by Fabrice Bollon, will perform the Austrian premiere of La perfezione di uno spirito sottile for flute, voice and bells in a concert that will also include Introduzione all’oscuro for twelve instruments and the Austrian premiere of Autoritratto nella notte. On the 15th August the focus will switch to the soprano Petra Hoffmann and the Ensemble Recherche, which will perform Omaggioa Burri for flute in G, bass clarinet and violin, Codex purpureus for a string trio and Muro d’orizzonte for flute in G, cor anglais and bass clarinet. In the final concert of this marvelous retrospective tribute the Klangforum Wien under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, together with the baritone Otto Katzameier, will perform Quaderno di strada – 12 canti e un proverbio for baritone and instruments, while Nicolas Hodges on the piano will play Due Notturni, the Austrian premier of Notturno No. 3 and No. 4 and Due notturni crudeli.