Easter Festival 2018 in Baden-Baden

The 2018 Easter Festival of the Berliner Philharmoniker in Baden-Baden is built around Richard Wagner’s Parsifal. This masterwork is conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Dieter Dorn. There are of course also a lot of orchestra concerts, chamber music, a children’s opera, a chamber opera and various musical activities throughout the beautiful town of Baden-Baden. This year also marks the last Easter Festival for Sir Simon Rattle as chief conductor of our orchestra.


From bottom to top: Ruxandra Donose (Kundry), Stephen Gould (Parsifal) and Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz)
Gerald Finley (Amfortas) with choir and extras
Parsifal and the flower maidens

21 Mar 2018


Impressions from the orchestra stage rehearsal of Parsifal, directed by Dieter Dorn, photos by Monika Rittershaus

Raphael Haeger on the roof of the hotel Roomers with a view to the Festspielhaus
Mor Biron at the Museum Frieder Burda in front of Chuck Close "without title" from the 1993 series "Alex/Reduction Block"

21 Mar 2018

Elsewhere in Baden-Baden

Sir Simon Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle and percussionist Raphael Haeger
Principal harp Marie-Pierre Langlamet
Bettina Sartorius, 2nd violin
"Old hand" and new principal french horn: Fergus McWilliam and David Cooper
Mathieu Dufour, principal flute
Principal clarinet Andreas Ottensamer
Mor Biron, 2nd bassoon

21 Mar 2018


More impressions from the orchestra pit by Monika Rittershaus

No caterwauling....
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)
Great service at the Batschari hotel to warn their roomservice

21 Mar 2018

His Master's voice

Principal flute Mathieu Dufour travels with a musical companion. His dog Luna loves to rehearse with him!

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Mar 2018

In the pit

View from above

(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)
Sir Simon Rattle

20 Mar 2018

First orchestra rehearsals in Baden-Baden

A first glimpse into the orchestra pit by Monika Rittershaus

Load-in in Berlin....
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
(Photo: Maike Bossler)
...and Load-out in Baden-Baden

20 Mar 2018

Departure and arrival in Baden-Baden

Sir Simon Rattle
(Photo: All photos Monika Rittershaus)
Concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto
Principal bassoon Stefan Schweigert and his colleague Mor Biron on 2. bassoon
Principal timpanist Wieland Welzel...
...at work
Prinicpal cellist Martin Löhr and Sir Simon have a chat
We will be back on 6th April!

20 Mar 2018

Rehearsal in Berlin