The programme for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2014 Easter Festival at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has been confirmed: Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Sir Richard Eyre; concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sol Gabetta and Yefim Bronfman, as well as a staged version of St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, with interaction between singers, chorus and orchestra staged by director Peter Sellars. The opera Manon Lescaut is a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where it will be performed about two years later.
Guest conductor of the Easter Festival 2014 is Zubin Mehta who will conduct, among other things, Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss. Once again, the festival programme also includes two further staged musical theatre productions with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. For children, there is an opera based on themes by Giacomo Puccini. In the Theater Baden-Baden, young singers will work with the Berliner Philharmoniker on a double-bill entitled Scandal in Baden-Baden! with the “Lehrstück” by Paul Hindemith and The Little Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Both pieces were premiered at one time as part of the “Deutsche Kammermusik” festival in Baden-Baden, and are commemorated in this 2014 Easter Festival. As in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s first Baden-Baden Easter Festival, there will again be numerous chamber concerts held at different locations in Baden-Baden in 2014. The programme for the 2014 “Master Concerts” will be published in March 2013.
As the countdown continues to the first Easter Festival on the river Oos (from 23 March 2013), advance booking for the second festival has already begun for friends and patrons of the Festspielhaus. Music lovers who like to have their choice of seats for the festival can now find out all about the programme, join the Friends of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and enjoy exclusive advance booking until 15 March 2013. Ticket sales to the general public for the 2014 Easter Festival start in mid-March.
For more information, visit the Easter Festival website