2017 Easter Festival with Puccini’s “Tosca”

The main event of this festival was Tosca, conducted by Simon Rattle. The guest artists included violinist Lisa Batiashvili and – making his debut at the Easter Festival – Kirill Petrenko with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique which received a tumultuous reception.
(Photo: Teresa Funk-Hilsdorf)

09 Apr 2017

Nature around Baden-Baden, we are so blessed with the weather this year!

Photos: Teresa Funk-Hilsdorf

Marcelo Álvarez, Kristine Opolais, Evgeny Nikitin
Kristine Opolais and Sir Simon Rattle
Marcelo Álvarez

09 Apr 2017

Ovations after the premiere

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Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi)
Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca)
Marcelo Álvarez
Evgeny Nikitin (Scarpia) and Kristine Opolais
Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
Director Philipp Himmelmann

09 Apr 2017

The team leaders for Tosca

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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Horn quartet: Sarah Willis, Carsten Duffin (as extra), Andrej Zust and Stefan de Leval Jezierski
Bastian Schäfer and Dorian Xhoxhi, first violins

09 Apr 2017

Preparations for the Premiere outside and inside the Festspielhaus.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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08 Apr 2017

Before the rehearsal for Mahler 6 the orchestra had a minute of silence and rememberance for Thomas Brandis, the former concermaster who had died last week. His long time friend Peter Brem found the right words.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

08 Apr 2017

Baden-Baden is ready!

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Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca)
Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi)
Kristine Opolais and Marcelo Álvarez
Kristine Opolais and Evgeny Nikitin (Scarpia)
Evgeny Nikitin

07 Apr 2017

Pictures from the dress rehearsal. Toitoitoi for the first night today!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

05 Apr 2017

A good Easter tradition: Our Live Lounge from the LA8 in Baden-Baden.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

05 Apr 2017

Talking ducks, cute goats - you can meet them in the surrounding nature of Baden-Baden.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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05 Apr 2017

Nature dressed up for the Easter Festival!

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Kristine Opolais as Tosca
Marcelo Alvarez as Cavaradossi
Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia

04 Apr 2017

A little sneak preview for our “Tosca”…

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04 Apr 2017

Yummy!

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Gunars Upatnieks, double bass
Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinet
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harp
Woodwinds from behind

04 Apr 2017

Impressions from the pit

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Two creative minds: director Philipp Himmelmann and Sir Simon Rattle
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet, Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinet, and Stefan Schweigert, principal bassoon
Thomas Leyendecker and Jesper Busk Sorensen, trombone

02 Apr 2017

Back to work in the orchestra pit and on stage.

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02 Apr 2017

A nice trip on a free half day: visiting the Mummelsee and its sculpture path.

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Stefan de Leval Jezierski (French horn), principal clarinet Wenzel Fuchs are greeted by principal flute Emmanuel Pahud and Maja Avramović (1st violin)

02 Apr 2017

Baden-Baden without bicycles? Not an option for our orchestra!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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Andreas Mölich Zebhauser, Artistic Director of the Baden Baden Festspielhaus, welcomes Sir Simon and the orchestra back in Baden-Baden
Sir SImon seen from the stage by the Philharmonia choir

31 Mar 2017

We start with “Tosca” and the traditional welcome by Andreas Mölich-Zebbhauser.

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Simon Roessler, percussion
Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Roessler, percussion

31 Mar 2017

First on our “to do”-List: The bells for “Tosca”. This is also a meeting of our two opera conductors this year. Besides his main job as percussionist with our orchestra, Simon Roessler will conduct the chamber opera.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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31 Mar 2017

We are back in Baden-Baden for 3 intense weeks of rehearsals and concerts at our Easterfestival!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus