Opera, concerts and more
Richard Wagner’s music drama Tristan und Isolde is the yearnings of love in musical form, an orgiastic musical rush of unleashed emotions, a composed reflection of an emotion which the composer himself designated as the “the world’s most beautiful illusion”. The new production of this opera, a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, Polish National Opera and the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, is the focus of this year’s Easter Festival which takes place for the fourth time in the town on the river Oos from 19 to 28 March. The two title roles are prominently cast: the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, Manon of the Easter Festival in 2014, and the tenor Stuart Skelton, who makes his debut in the role of Tristan. Brangäne will be sung by the mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and and King Marke by bass Stephen Milling. The director is a man renowned for his expressive imagery, Mariusz Treliński, artistic director of Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki.
Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” – a journey, that we are longing to do together. I would heartily recommend you to come and visit: Please don't miss this wonderful festival!
Sir Simon Rattle
With 2500 seats, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, whose stage and auditorium – designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer – are integrated into the historic building of the former rail station, is Germany’s largest opera house. It forms an ideal platform for the Philharmoniker’s Easter Festival as, in addition to the performances of Tristan und Isolde, it is also the venue for a series of concerts with great works and acclaimed soloists: Sir Simon Rattle conducts two performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; as an “opener”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat major KV 482 with Mitsuko Uchida as the soloist, and under Rattle’s direction, violinist Janine Jansen also plays the Violin Concerto by Max Bruch. Other guests of the Berliner Philharmoniker are the conductor Manfred Honeck, who stands in for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who is the soloist in Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto.
In addition to the Festspielhaus, other cultural institutions in the town such as the theatre, the Stiftskirche, the Lutherkirche, the Old Council Chamber of the Town Hall, the Museum of 19th century Art and Technology (LA8), the Florentinersaal, the Orangerie, the Museum Frieder Burda, the Malersaal and the Weinbrennersaal will all become venues for the “Master concerts” series by the Philharmoniker’s chamber ensembles. Young classical music fans are also catered for: children and young people can look forward to the interactive concerts with the music of Claude Debussy’s La Boîte à Joujoux, and young musicians will present a chamber opera, Joseph Haydn’s Il mondo della luna dramma giocoso, after a libretto by Carlo Goldoni.