Salzburg Festival Society Gala in Support of the Arts in New York City

“Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the great American tradition has been to support the arts through private philanthropy…”

“has enabled the Salzburg Festival to implement artistic projects and other major initiatives that would otherwise have been impossible,” said Dr. Kristina Hammer, the new President of the Salzburg Festival and keynote speaker at the New York Gala for her American supporters, the Salzburg Festgesellschaft. dr Hammer continued: “I would like to thank the board and the members of the Salzburg Festival Society for their generosity and cooperation over many years.”

Over 200 guests filled the ballroom of a private club on New York’s Upper East Side to support the premier international performing arts festival.

Carole Bailey French and her husband John French III, the evening’s co-chairs, welcomed friends old and new. Her guest of honor was Peter Gelb, the director general of the Metropolitan Opera.

“The Met and Salzburg [Festival] have a healthy symbiotic relationship,” said Gelb, “in the fall, winter and spring months when the Salzburg Festival is not taking place, The Met is there to fill the gap. My personal history with the Salzburg Festival goes back to the time when Herbert von Karajan ruled it sovereignly. I would like to congratulate the new President, Kristina Hammer, on her successful inauguration.”

John French III presented both Kristina Hammer and Peter Gelb with a hand-blown engraved carafe by craftsman Simon Pearce, a favorite craftsman of Lawrence Rockefeller.

The focus of the evening was a private recital by two Metropolitan Opera stars, soprano Rosa Feola, who made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2019, and tenor Stephen Costello. They entertained the guests with excerpts from Rigoletto by Verdi and L’Elisir d’Amore by Donizetti. The pianist Katelan Tran Terrell accompanies on the piano.

Guests included the President of the Salzburg Festival Society Nabil Chartouni and his wife Samantha, as well as board members Isabelle Harnoncourt-Feigen, Marifé Hernandez with Joel Bell, Alexandra Kauka-Hamill, Isabella Ponta and Sana H. Sabbagh, as well as Afsaneh Akhtari, CeCe Black, Richard and Marian Bott, Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire, Judith-Anne Corrente, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Werner Ebm, Judith and Warren Feder, Susan Gutfreund, Sterling Hamill, Rolf Heitmeyer, Bruce Horten, Martin and Evelyn Hutter, Caroline and Max Jahn, and Venelin Veronica Khristov, Peter and Elbrun Kimmelman, Margo Langenberg, So-Chung Shinn Lee, Jay Nordlinger, Louis and Julia Perlman, Leah Pisar, Michelle Rohe, Guillermo and Cecilia Schultz, Bonnie Simon, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson, Allyson Tang, Nicola Tegoni , Elizabeth Trotta, Barbara Tober, Luz Miriam Toro, Richard and Susan Tutino, Alden Warner and Peter Reed, and Ann Ziff.

Bank of America Private Bank was a generous sponsor of the evening. Rolex was Gala Benefactor and Global Sponsor of the Salzburg Festival. The Duckhorn portfolio delivered excellent wines.

Markus Hinterhäuser, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival since 2017, will be on December 9, 2022 with Dr. Hammer announce the 2023 season in Salzburg.

The Salzburg Festival Society

The mission of the Salzburg Festival Society is to act as a liaison between the Salzburg Festival and its American friends and patrons, and to provide members with exclusive access to festival-related events and services. The Society is proud to support artistic excellence and innovation in partnership with the Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg Festival Society was founded in 2005 by Gerhard Andlinger, John French III and Isabelle Harnoncourt. Its Managing Director is Joseph Bartning. For more information, visit: or email: [email protected]

Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival was founded in 1920 by the composer Richard Strauss, the poet and playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the director Max Reinhardt. Embedded in the princely baroque city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, far away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the big cities, the Salzburg Festival was immediately recognized as an important goal by the world’s leading directors and artists.

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Photo credits: 1) Jay Nordlinger, Yvonna Russell. 2) Noreen Bookfire. 3) Christina Murphy, John Murphy. 4) Isabella Ponta, Edgar Battista. 5) Gabrielle Christov, Vincent Christov. 6) Susan Gutfreund, Julia Muller. 7) Neil McElroy, Nina McElroy, Richard Tutino, Samantha Chartouni. 8) Elbrun Kimmelmann, Margo Langenberg. 9) Isabelle Harnoncourt-Feigen, Joseph Bartning, Isabella Ebm, Werner Ebm. 10) Christopher Sharp, Katherine Sharp. 11) Christopher Sharp, Katherine Sharp. 12) 13) 14) 15) Photos by Annie Watt Agency.

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