Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier is to be the central work at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden next year. This was announced by Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, general manager of the Festpielhaus at a press conference in Baden-Baden. The star-studded production includes Anja Harteros as the Marschallin, Anna Prohaska as Sophie, Magdalena Kožená as Octavian and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs. The staging will be by Brigitte Fassbaender who herself was one of the great interpreters of Octavian during her singing career. The choice of Strauss’ opera was “a heartfelt wish of Sir Simon Rattle, which we were only too happy to indulge,” said Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser.
In the orchestral concerts of the Easter Festival, Simon Rattle will conduct Hector Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust with the soloists Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo, while Bernard Haitink and the violinist Isabelle Faust will be heard in a Beethoven programme dedicated to the late Claudio Abbado. Another highlight will be a concert with Riccardo Chailly and pianist Martha Argerich who last appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1996 and will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in Baden-Baden. The Berliner Philharmoniker’s third Easter Festival in Baden-Baden will take place between 27 March and 6 April 2015 with a total of around 40 events, including education projects and the series of Master Concerts with chamber music ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker.