“Manon Lescaut” at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

The second year of the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden saw Simon Rattle make his debut conducting of a work by Giacomo Puccini. Eva-Maria Westbroek scored a triumph in the title role of the opera Manon Lescaut
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

22 Apr 2014

Good bye Baden-Baden! Time to clean up after a wonderful, vibrant Easter Festival full of Music, laughter, great talks, magnificent weather (!) and a town, that was extremely welcoming again. We hope, you enjoyed the blog! A big Thank you to the team in Baden-Baden, who did a lot of extra work to make everything happen! See you again next year!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Philharmonia Quartet
Christoph von der Nahmer and Cornelia Gartemann, violin, Julia Gartemann and Martin von der Nahmer, viola, Martin Menking and Knut Weber, cello

22 Apr 2014

Souvenir de Florence, the last chamber concert on Easter Monday at the LA8.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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22 Apr 2014

Great concert debut and rehearsal with cellist Sol Gabetta.

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Udo Samel
Alessandro Cappone, violin, Cordelia Höfer, piano
Manfred Preis, saxophone, Cordelia Höfer, piano
from left to right: Majella Stockhausen, piano, Cordelia Höfer, piano, Alessandro Cappone, violin, Götz Teutsch, founder of the Salon

22 Apr 2014

No Easter Festival without Götz Teutsch’s Salon at the Baden-Baden theatre! Special guest: the magnificent Udo Samel.

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22 Apr 2014

Easter Sunday’s performance of the Tristan Vorspiel with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany was a huge success! Bravo to everybody involved!

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Andreas Blau, solo flute

22 Apr 2014

Also a good tradition from last year: the Festival Lounge at the LA8 together with SWR Radio and arte. One of the guests was Andreas Blau, solo flute, who talked about his last season with the orchestra. We will miss him a lot!!!

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Apr 2014

Happy and peaceful Easter for you and your families!

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20 Apr 2014

Brahms concerto with the wonderful Anne-Sophie Mutter. We had a lot of joy at the rehearsal and concert.

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20 Apr 2014

Open singing with Simon Halsey and members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin at the Lounge. No further comments needed….

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Philipp Bohnen, Ulrich Knörzer and Raimar Orlovsky discuss with their young colleagues.

19 Apr 2014

Photos: it was hard to find them on the photos!

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Janusz Widzyk, double bass
Wieland Welzel, timpani
Andrej Zust and Stefan Dohr, French horn
Flutes, from left to right: Michael Hasel, Egor Egorkin, Jelka Weber

19 Apr 2014

Rehearsal impressions

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19 Apr 2014

Varian-Fry-Quartet and Mezzo soprano Iris Vermillion at the beautiful Stiftskirche.

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Kotowa Machida, Rüdiger Beermann, both 1st violin
Raimar Orlovsky, 2nd violin, Martin Heinze and Ulrich Wolff, double bass
Stephan Koncz, cello
Philipp Bohnen, 2nd violin

19 Apr 2014

Musicians backstage preparing for the Musikfest on Thursday. Small space, but everybody found a place.

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Martin Stegner, Martin von der Nahmer, Julia Gartemann, Joaquim Riquelme (left to right)
Janusz Widzyk, Matthew McDonald, Gunars Upatnieks, Stanislaw Pajak, from left to right

19 Apr 2014

Time for Tango at the Malersaal/Dorint Hotel with the Philharmonic violas and double basses! Supported by trombonist Jesper Busk Sorensen in the public.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

18 Apr 2014

Good Friday, our last St John Passion.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Apr 2014

… and especially for conductor Duncan Ward!

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Apr 2014

Our opera for children “Little Manon” was a challenge for singers…

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Gabor Tarkövi, trumpet and a string ensemble at the Florentinersaal
Andreas Buschatz, concertmaster, and Knut Weber, cello, at the Malersaal/Dorint hotel
Ensemble Bolero Berlin at the E-Werk

17 Apr 2014

Impressions from the various chamber music concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Photos: Marcus Gernsbeck

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16 Apr 2014

A very dear and special guest: Pierre Boulez visited Zubin Mehta backstage and came to listen to the concert. A big honour for all of us!

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16 Apr 2014

..then play… both maestri try out the walking piano at the Toccarion.

…dann das Spiel… beide Künstler probieren das Walking Piano im Toccarion aus.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

16 Apr 2014

…first work… a magnificent concert with Zubin Mehta and Yefim Bronfman.

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The Live Hang-Out at the Lounge from left to right: Matthew McDonald, Sarah Willis, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonathan Kelly, Aline Champion, Jesper Busk Sorensen
From left to right: Sarah Willis, Horn and moderation, Jakob von Bernstorff, Technique, Eva-Maria Westbroek, soprano, Ruby and Jonathan Kelly, solo-oboe

15 Apr 2014

Photos: She took her beauty nap during the lounge and was only back up for this photo.

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Luis Felipe Coelho, 1st violin, and Majella Stockhausen, piano
Raphael Haeger, conductor

15 Apr 2014

In front of pictures of the French artist JR a very special chamber music concert took place yesterday at the Museum Frieder Burda.

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15 Apr 2014

Yesterday Sir Simon, Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser and Peter Sellars gave a press conference. They announced the next season and Sir Simon did some extra interviews.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Apr 2014

“Roaring Twenties” in Baden Baden! The twenties were an exciting time in the arts - also in Baden-Baden. At the Easter Festival, we present two stage works, which were then premiered in the casino city. Stanley Dodds conducts an ensemble featuring, among others, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and students of our Orchestra Academy.

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The winning team
1:0 Andreas Ottensamer
2:0 Christoph von der Nahmer
Berliner Philharmoniker and BJO together after the match

14 Apr 2014

The match is over… Berliner Philharmoniker won 11:1 against the Bundesjugendorchester. Everybody had great fun!

Photos: Stefan Stahnke

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14 Apr 2014

A happy team received standing ovations for Sunday evening’s performance of St. John Passion.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

14 Apr 2014

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Bruno Delepelaire, 1st solo cello
Sebastian Krunnies, viola, Guillaume Jehl, trumpet, Matthew Hunter, viola
Stefan Schweigert, solo bassoon, Peter Riegelbauer, double bass

13 Apr 2014

Backstage means this year: being outside!

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Viola academist Luke Turrell and Academy manager Kristiane Lüpkes
Alexander Bader, clarinet
Jelka Weber, flute

13 Apr 2014

Bicycle, Bicycle… I want to ride my bicycle!

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13 Apr 2014

Tomorrow we will keep on the good tradition (2nd year!) of having a Live-Hang-Out in the Lounge with horn player Sarah Willis. We will be online for your questions starting at 14.15 CET. More information at: www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/live-lounge/

Guests include Jonathan Kelly, solo oboe, Matthew McDonald, solo bass, Jesper Busk Sorensen, trombone and Aline Champion, violin. Plus some surprises…

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13 Apr 2014

Today is also the evening of our football match against our god children from the German Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester). Solo trombonist Olaf Ott trains with a Philharmonic child…

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Ulrich Knörzer, viola and viola d'amore
Andreas Buschatz, concertmaster
Amihai Grosz, solo viola und Cornelia Gartemann, 2nd violin
Christian Stadelmann, leader 2nd violins

13 Apr 2014

Today it’s time for St. John Passion, directed by Peter Sellars. Backstage impressions from the dress rehearsal.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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12 Apr 2014

Flowers everywhere! Baden-Baden is in full bloom for today’s premiere of “Manon Lescaut”. We are ready to start this year’s Easter Festival! The Berliner Philharmoniker and the whole team here in Baden-Baden are looking forward to welcoming our public.

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Roderick Williams, Magdalena Kožená
Director Peter Sellars at work with the ensemble
Roderick Williams, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore
Roderick Williams, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore
Sir Simon Rattle
Christian Gerhaher, Mark Padmore
Concertmaster Andreas Buschatz
Ulrich Wolff
Christian Gerhaher
Christian Gerhaher, Peter Sellars

11 Apr 2014

Rerun of a success story: A few weeks ago, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle and director Peter Sellars presented Bach’s St John Passion in a semi-staged version at the Philharmonie. Now the musicians came together to prepare another performance at the Festspielhaus.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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11 Apr 2014

In the “Concerts to go” series of our Education Programme, musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker go on mini-tour through social institutions. Here, Amadeus Heutling and Majella Stockhausen Riegelbauer visit the retirement home Gutleuthaus in Baden-Baden.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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09 Apr 2014

Photos: everything that makes opera so wonderful can be found in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Our photos from the rehearsals at the Festspielhaus give an idea of ​​the intensity of the drama.

Manon Lescaut: Eva-Maria Westbroek / Renato Des Grieux: Massimo Giordano

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

09 Apr 2014

Child’s play at the Easter Festival: Felicitas Clamor-Hofmeister and Eva-Maria Tomasi at the Toccarion, children’s music world at Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus. The children are from the school kindergarten of Lebenshilfe Karlsruhe.

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Yumino Weber (cello), Geysa Santos (viola), Michiko Yamada (violin)
Michiko Yamada (violin), Fanny Robilliard (violin), Geysa Santos (viola), Yumino Weber (cello)

09 Apr 2014

Musicians playing musicians: In the stage orchestra of our Manon Lescaut, four members of our Orchestra Academy have a special appearance.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

08 Apr 2014

The making of a selfie:Our horn section in the orchestra pit of the FestspielhausUnsere Horngruppe im Orchestergraben des Festspielhauses

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