Magic Moments of Music

Author: sounding images

The ZDF/ARTE series features a highlight of the Salzburg Festival: The unforgettable performance of the “Rosenkavalier” in 1960 with Herbert von Karajan.

  • Karajan in Salzburg Festival | Copyright: © Fundo Correio da Manhã / Wikimedia Commons

    Karajan in Salzburg Festival © Fundo Correio da Manhã / Wikimedia Commons

100 years of the Salzburg Festival!
The Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss has always been the exemplary opera of the festival. The year of 1960 saw the performance of a lifetime immortalized on 35mm film: Herbert von Karajan, the most esteemed conductor of the festival, and star soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf surpassed themselves in an astounding appearance at the opening of the new Great Festival Theatre.

Milestone events in music are those rare occasions when suddenly everything gels: great artistry, unique circumstances, and the magic that outlives the moment. This series is dedicated to stellar musical events that gripped the whole world and thanks to film and television have remained unforgettable until today.

Upcoming episodes:

A Star is Born: Martha Argerich in Warsaw 1965
Montserrat Caballé Sings Norma 1974
Karajan at Salzburg Festival: “Der Rosenkavalier” 1960

Previous episodes recently broadcasted on ARTE:

Berlin Wall Concert – Berliner Philharmoniker
Vladimir Horowitz in Moscow
Anne-Sophie Mutter and Herbert von Karajan – The Beethoven Concert
Maria Callas & Tosca

Duration 43
Production year 2020
Coproduction Company ZDF/ARTE
Coproducer Christopher Janssen
Director Eric Schulz
Producer Claus Wischmann
Distribution TV C Major Entertainment



The Csárdás Princess – Vienna Volksoper

ORF-Enterprise GmbH & Co KG

For the first time, ORF III is showing a live broadcast from the Vienna Volksoper, which will celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2018.

The full Avant Première programme is final!

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

Get your front row seat to exclusive previews, cutting-edge information and priceless business contacts!

What does “good” look like for digital projects in the Performing Arts?

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

This IMZ Academy Session will take place in the course of Karajan Music Tech Conference and examine the crucial relationship between technological + creative innovation through the shortlisted projects of the Fedora Digital Prize.

Eurovision Diaries

Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company

Eurovision Diaries is a documentary about the die-hard fans of the Eurovision Song Contest around the world, and it has been filmed by the fans themselves.


Benefit from exclusive insights + opportunties with a thematic variety of IMZ Mailings to choose from.

By clicking "SUBSCRIBE" you consent that your data can be processed by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre for the purposes of processing your inquiry.