Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”

At the 2016 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a work by Richard Wagner for the first time. The title roles in his tragic love story Tristan and Isolde were sung to much acclaim by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek.
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21 Mar 2016

If you are in need for good weather - come to Baden-Baden!

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Eva-Maria Westbroek, Isolde, Sir SImon Rattle, Sarah Connolly, Brangäne and Stephen Milling, Marke
Stuart Skelton, Tristan
The whole Tristan team

20 Mar 2016

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Kurwenal Michael Nagy

20 Mar 2016

Nothing deforms a beautiful man…

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Tristan Vorspiel

20 Mar 2016

Off we go…

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Ulrich Wolff, double bass
... and his colleague Gunars Upatnieks
Julia Gartemann, viola
The one and only Rainer Seegers, timpani

20 Mar 2016

Pictures from the pit directly before the premiere of Tristan und Isolde.

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Noah Bendix-Balgley, Sarah Willis, Mitsuko Uchida and Amihai Grosz
Fergus McWilliam and Jesper Busk Sørensen manning the chat while Noah and Amihai play a Mozart duo for Mitsuko Uchida
The whole Live Lounge team

20 Mar 2016

Yesterday’s live lounge from the LA8 in Baden-Baden was great fun for everybody involved. Thanks for joining! If you missed it, here’s your chance to watch it again (available from Monday afternoon on)

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Philharmonia Quartett: Daniel Stabrawa, 1st violin, Christian Stadelmann, 2nd violin, Neithard Resa, viola and Dietmar Schwalke, cello

20 Mar 2016

Every year again a great performance space: the Stiftskirche. This time the Philharmonia Quartett played there.

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Berlin Piano Quartet: Christophe Horak, violin, Kim Barbier, piano, Micha Afkham, viola and Bruno Delepelaire, cello

20 Mar 2016

First Master concert with the Berlin Piano Quartet at the Florentinersaal of the casino Baden-Baden.

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Franz Schindlbeck, percussion, fancies the sportive use....
Sarah Willis, rushing to the Live Lounge
Philipp Bohnen, 2nd violin, driving on the Kaiserallee
... and guess what, even Isolde rides a bike! Eva-Maria Westbroek is a true Dutch.

20 Mar 2016

Some proofs, that we actually use the bicycles….

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Sir Simon talking to the orchestra board, Knut Weber (left) and Ulrich Knörzer
Uwe Meierjürgen, stagehand for over 30 years now!
Dame Mitsuko Uchida
Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle
Sir Simon playing the air violin...

19 Mar 2016

Time to take care for Beethoven and Mozart. First rehearsal with the amazing Mitsuko Uchida.

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19 Mar 2016

The wonderful view from the tower on the Merkur hill

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19 Mar 2016

Between rehearsals we had some time to use the Merkurbergbahn (a funicular) to the top of the Merkur hill.

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Director Mariusz Treliński talking to Frank Kuhlmann, technical director
Manfred Preis playing his beautiful bass clarinet solo
Sebastian Krunnies, viola, looking for his friends in a rehearsal break
Alan Nilles, viola

19 Mar 2016

Backstage and orchestra pit during the Tristan dress rehearsal

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18 Mar 2016

Tomorrow is the first night of our “Tristan”.

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Manfred Honeck and orchestra board member (and fellow Austrian) Knut Weber

17 Mar 2016

First rehearsal with Manfred Honeck, who stepped in on short notice for Yannick Nezet-Seguin. We are very thankful that Mr. Honeck was able to take over without changes and wish Yannick a speedy recovery!

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Alvaro Parra and Dorian Xhoxhi with a new fan
Dorian explains his instrument
... and then plays a duo by Leclerc together with Alvaro

17 Mar 2016

One of our “Suitcase”-concerts took place at the “Arche Noah” kindergarten in Lichtental yesterday. The young public was as international as the two violinists Dorian Xhoxhi and Alvaro Parra from our 1st violin section.

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16 Mar 2016

No Easter Festival without Live-Lounge-Hangout with Sarah Willis! This year on Saturday 19. March at 15.00 h (Baden-Baden time). Guests. Mitsuko Uchida, Amihai Grosz (1st solo viola) and Noah Bendix-Balgley (1st concertmaster). 

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Michael Nagy, Kurwenal
Stuart Skelton, Tristan, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Isolde, and Sarah Connolly, Brangäne

16 Mar 2016

Noch ein paar “Tristan”-Impressionen

Some more impressions from “Tristan”

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Gabor Tarkövi solo trumpet plays a wooden trumpet
Georg Schreckenberger, Andrej Zust, Stefan de Leval Jezierski and Samuel Seidenberg (as guest) are part of the backstage French horn group
Dominik Wollenweber, English horn

15 Mar 2016

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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Director Mariusz Treliński
Lot to move around....
Eva-Maria Westbroek, Isolde
Stephen Milling, King Marke

15 Mar 2016

Tristan backstage

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Peter Brem, 1st violin, happy to have his bike back

14 Mar 2016

An old tradition in Baden-Baden: the bicycle transport from Berlin, this time we needed two vans…

Photos: Julia Solbach

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14 Mar 2016

Good morning from Baden-Baden, spring is in the air!

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13 Mar 2016

In the middle of the black forest. Seems we are also welcome in the woods!

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13 Mar 2016

Impressions from the beautiful Black Forest - still some snow up there…

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Stiftskirche Baden-Baden
Alt-Eberstein
Yburg
Schloss Neuweier - great winery!

13 Mar 2016

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12 Mar 2016

The obligatory cat photo… And, no, we are not in Italy but in Baden-Baden! These are the beautiful water games at the “Paradies”, in the moment without water.

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12 Mar 2016

The weather is great, as is the mood of solo trumpet Gabor Tarkövi!

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12 Mar 2016

Only for musicians who are free from giddiness…. Dominik Wollenweber plays his Englishhorn Solo from the Z-bridge…

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12 Mar 2016

A little sneak preview of “Tristan und Isolde” directed by Mariusz Treliński with Stuart Skelton as Tristan and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Isolde.

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Sir Simon Rattle, solo clarinet Wenzel Fuchs and solo oboe Jonathan Kelly
1st solo viola Amihai Grosz
Dominik Wollenweber, English horn

11 Mar 2016

Everybody prepares in his own way…

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1st concertmasters Noah Bendix-Balgley and Daishin Kashimoto
The cello section
The double basses

11 Mar 2016

More from the pit…

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Dominik Wollenweber, English horn
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp, and Edicson Ruiz, double bass
Mathieu Dufour, solo flute, and Jonathan Kelly solo oboe

11 Mar 2016

Impressions from the orchestra pit.

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Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser and Sir Simon Rattle
Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser

10 Mar 2016

The General Manager of the Festspielhaus, Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, welcomes the orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle before the first rehearsal.

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Director Mariusz Treliński
Sir Simon Rattle

10 Mar 2016

The centre of this year’s Easter Festival in Baden-Baden is Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”. Director Mariusz Treliński and conductor Sir Simon Rattle work together for the first time, the rehearsal atmosphere has been great!

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10 Mar 2016

We’re ready! Our fourth Easter Festival in Baden-Baden is going to start on 19th March. We’ve arrived safely - and so did our boxes. The staged rehearsals with orchestra start today, we look forward to playing in the pit again!

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