Easter Festival 2019 in Baden-Baden

Giuseppe Verdi's “Otello” is the focus of our 2019 Easter festival, with the Berliner Philharmoniker playing under the baton of Zubin Mehta. The main characters are sung by Stuart Skelton (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Vladimir Stoyanov (Iago), directed by Robert Wilson. “You are driven by your demon and I am that demon” gloats Iago in Otello. These words are the inspiration for many of the programmes of the “Master Concerts” series, in which chamber ensembles from the Berliner Philharmoniker and other members of the orchestra will appear. Two orchestra concerts with symphonic repertoire are conducted by our chief conductor designate Kirill Petrenko, one with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and one with pianist Lang Lang. Riccardo Muti conducts Verdi's Requiem with, among others, Elīna Garanča.
Sonya Yoncheva and Marc Heller
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Zubin Mehta

25 Apr 2019

Dernière Otello

Special thanks for the last evening in Baden-Baden go to Marc Heller, who jumped in on very short notice for Stuart Skelton as "Otello".

The work with everybody involved in this production was a great experience! One person has to be distinguished: Zubin Mehta, who has enchanted us with his neverending energy and warm friendship! We look forward to the concertant opera performances in Berlin!

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Apr 2019

Chamber concert with silent film: The Marzona Quartett at the Malersaal of the Dorint hotel

A special mixture of chamber concert and silent film took place at the Malersaal of the Dorint hotel. The Marzona Quartett combined Smetana's string quartet with the silent film of the same name: »Die Kreutzersonate« by Gustav Machatý.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Apr 2019

Concert with Kirill Petrenko and Lang Lang

The second concert with our chief conductor designate. This time Lang Lang joined us with Beethoven's second piano concerto.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Apr 2019

The Philharmonic Salon in Baden-Baden

As every year Götz Teutsch's Philharmonic Salon travelled with us to Baden-Baden. This time Noah Bendix-Balgley, Nikolaus Römisch and Cordelia Höfer played at the Orangerie of Brenner's Parkhotel.

The Philharmonic wind ensemble
Sarah Willis
Konrad, the mascot of the German National Youth Orchestra, always gets the best seat!
Father and child, part 1: Dominik Wollenweber and his son Janós played in the oboe group.
Father and child, part 2: Emma and Stanley Dodds desking in the violin group.
Special challenge for the principal horn: Playing his solo seated between Stefan Dohr and Sarah Willis...
The Philharmonic Octet
Sarah Willis talking to conductor Hermann Bäumer, who used to be a member of our trombone group, before taking on his other successful career.

21 Apr 2019

Musikfest with the German National Youth Orchestra

At this years Musikfest we had performances by our wind-players, the Philharmonic Octett and the German National Youth Orchestra. Our "godchildren" played under the baton of Hermann Bäumer and with a little bit Philharmonic support works by Bernstein and Resphigi, charmingly moderated by Sarah Willis. Monika Rittershaus took photos from a great perspective.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

21 Apr 2019

"Histoire du soldat" in Bühl

... with Dominique Horwitz as narrator and Noah Bendix-Balgley with the violin.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

21 Apr 2019

David Riniker and Janusz Widzyk played a chamber concert for double bass and cello at the Spitalkirche

...amongst the pieces was Rituaali, composed by Janne Saksala.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

21 Apr 2019

The Scharoun Ensemble played at Weinbrennersaal

The Scharoun Ensemble played Knussen, Brahms, Schumann and Hindemith at Weinbrennersaal. Simon Rössler conducted Knussen, Rinnat Moriah sang the soprano part in Brahms.

 

 

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
[Translate to English:] Raphael Haeger

20 Apr 2019

Children's opera "Der Kleine und Otello" at the Theater Baden-Baden

This year's children's opera "Der Kleine und Otello" had its staged premiere at the beautiful Theater Baden-Baden. Raphael Haeger conducted members of our orchestra, students from regional music universities and our Vocal Heroes choir. The music has been arranged by Aurelien Bello after motives from Giuseppe Verdi, director is Mareike Zimmermann.

Rapahel Haeger (playing the piano in this ensemble), Martin Stegner
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Manfred Preis
Raphael Haeger
Esko Laine

20 Apr 2019

Bolero Berlin plays chamber concert at Casino Baden-Baden

"Diabolus in Musica": Bolero Berlin played a Late Night Camber Concert at Casino Baden-Baden.  Martin Stegner, Viola, moderated the concert.

(Photo: Stefan Stahnke)

20 Apr 2019

Field trip to Bad Wildbad

Markus Weidmann visited the suspension bridge Wild Line at the Sommerberg in Bad Wildbad. On the hill there is a spectacular view tower with a tunnel slide.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Apr 2019

Outreach concert at the JUFAZ Gaggenau (Youth and Family Center)

Marlene Ito, Naoko Shimizu and Martin Löhr played Mozart's Divertimento for string trio at the Youth and Family Center JUFAZ in Gaggenau. The concert was moderated by Annegret Rehse.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Apr 2019

Chamber concert with our brass ensemble at the St. Bernhard church

Our brass ensemble played again at the St. Bernhard church this year, moderated by Sarah Willis.

(Photo: Martin Deeley)
Team "Vocal Heroes" in Baden-Baden. A big thank you to everybody supporting this project!

20 Apr 2019

Outreach concert with our Vocal Heroes

Our "Vocal Heroes" took part in an outreach concert at the Kinderhaus Eulenspiegel in Balg. Together with Johannes Wolff they sang and played with the children of this kindergarten.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Apr 2019

Flourishing Baden-Baden

Zubin Mehta
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Woodwinds
Celli

20 Apr 2019

Orchestra pit impressions during Otello

20 Apr 2019

Chamber concert at the protestantic city church at the Augustaplatz

... with the Ensemble Berlin-Prague, seen by Monika Rittershaus.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Encore from Darius Milhaud's "Jeux" together with principal clarinet Andreas Ottensamer.
Tchaikovsky 5
Principal horn Stefan Dohr plays his solo...
...and receives well-deserved applause!

19 Apr 2019

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Kirill Petrenko

Our chief conductor designate Kirill Petrenko conducts two concerts in this year's Easter Festival edition. In the first one, Schoenberg's violin concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Tchaikovsky's fifth symphony, were on the program.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

19 Apr 2019

Schubert's string quintet at the Museum Frieder Burda

Art in front of art: The Varian Fry Quartet and Bruno Delepelaire played Franz Schubert's famous string quintet in C major in front of works by Baselitz and Lüpertz.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Apr 2019

Florentinersaal with Musik

Chamber concert at the Casino Baden-Baden's beautiful Florentinersaal with Marie-Pierre Langlamet and a string quartet with violinsts Christoph von der Nahmer and Cornelia Gartemann, Julia Gartemann, viola, and Knut Weber, cello. Actor Robert Gallinowski was the speaker.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Apr 2019

Verdi Requiem with Riccardo Muti

Verdi's Requiem is this Easter Festival's big choir work. We perform it under the baton of Riccardo Muti with the soloists Vittoria Yeo, Elina Garanča, Francesco Meli and Ildar Abdrazakov.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Ulrich Wolff
Martin Heinze

16 Apr 2019

Chamber concert in Rastatt

One of our baroque ensembles, Concerto Melante, played a chamber concert in a new venue for the Easter Festival: The resident castle in Rastatt. The fitting program: A cantata by Dietrich Buxtehude.

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello)
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
View into the orchestra pit
Stage manager Michael Frohloff

16 Apr 2019

On stage and backstage

Marie-Pierre Langlamet
Michael Karg
Dominik Wollenweber
Václav Vonášek
Julia Gartemann

16 Apr 2019

In the orchestra pit before the first night of Otello

...with Monika Rittershaus

16 Apr 2019

Outreach concert in Balg

A successful concert format, that we take with us to Baden-Baden every year: our Outreach concerts. This time our viola players Martin von der Nahmer and Micha Afkham visit the primary school in Balg.

(Photo: Lucie Jansch)
Stuart Skelton (Otello) and Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona)

12 Apr 2019

Preview from the dress rehearsal

A little sneak preview on Robert Wilson's staging of "Otello". Premiere on Satuday!

Noah Bendix-Balgley
(Photo: Lucie Jansch)
Ludwig Quandt
Zubin Mehta
Rüdiger Liebermann
The bassoons

12 Apr 2019

A glance into the orchestra pit

First rehearsals at the Festspielhaus with our new honorary member Zubin Mehta. A big pleasure for everybody involved!

(Photo: PR BPhil)
(Photo: PR FSH BB)

12 Apr 2019

Welcome to Baden-Baden!

Here we go again with the seventh edition of our Easter festival in Baden-Baden!