Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

24 March to 2 April 2018

(Photo: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden)

With 2500 seats, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, whose stage and auditorium designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer were integrated into the historic building of the former rail station, is Germany’s largest opera house. It is the ideal venue for the Philharmoniker’s Easter Festival, which takes place in the town on the river Oos for the sixth time from 24 March 24 to 2 April 2018. At the heart of the festival are the performances of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal with Stephen Gould in the title role. The cast also includes Ruxandra Donose (Kundry), Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas) and Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor). The production is by Dieter Dorn, former director of the Münchner Kammerspiele. There will also be a series of concerts with outstanding artists: in addition to Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding and Iván Fischer are among the festival’s conductors, and the guest artists include mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, violinist Vilde Frang and pianist Krystian Zimerman.

Music in many places

In addition to the Festspielhaus, other cultural institutions in the city such as the Orangerie, the Casino, the Kurhaus, the church of St. Bernhard, the Spitalkirche, the Evangelische Stadtkirche, the Kurhaus, the Bürgerhaus Neuer Markt, the Frieder Burda Museum plus the Florentinersaal and the Weinbrennersaal all become Philharmoniker venues – for the “Master Concerts” series by the orchestra’s chamber music ensembles. The theatre is also presenting a chamber opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Dramma giocoso La finta giardiniera. Young classical music fans are also catered for: they can look forward to the children’s opera Ritter Parceval which Henrik Albrecht has devised based on themes from Wagner’s work.

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s “Parisfal” in his final season as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Elina Garanca is one of the guest stars of the 2018 Easter Festival ...
(Photo: Holger Hage)
... plus the pianist Krystian Zimerman
(Photo: Kasskara/DG)

Performances and concerts

Saturday,

24 Mar 2018,
16:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 24 Mar 2018, 16:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dieter Dorn stage direction

Stephen Gould tenor

Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano

Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Kiandra Howarth soprano

Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano

Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano

Mari Eriksmoen soprano

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Richard Wagner Parsifal

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Sunday,

25 Mar 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 25 Mar 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Simon Rössler conductor

Schauspieler des Theaters Baden-Baden acting ensemble

Stipendiaten der »Akademie Musiktheater heute« der Deutsche Bank Stiftung stage direction, stage design, costumes and light design

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl), K. 196 (In German Language)

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Sunday,

25 Mar 2018,
14:00

Ev. Stadtkirche am Augustaplatz

Tour

Sun, 25 Mar 2018, 14:00
Ev. Stadtkirche am Augustaplatz

Truike van der Poel mezzo-soprano

Janne Saksala double bass

Wieland Welzel drums and timpani

Egor Egorkin flute

Works by Etienne Perruchon and Sofia Gubaidulina

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Sunday,

25 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 25 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Elina Garanca mezzo-soprano

Works by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
11:00

Museum Frieder Burda

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 11:00
Museum Frieder Burda

Holm Birkholz violin and Singing Bowl

Manfred Preis Bass Clarinet

Works by Holm Birkholz

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
14:00

Museum Frieder Burda

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 14:00
Museum Frieder Burda

KlangArt Berlin

John Cage Ryoanji

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Children's Opera Knight Parceval

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Stanley Dodds direction

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding conductor

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Works by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss

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Tuesday,

27 Mar 2018,
11:00

Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Tour

Tue, 27 Mar 2018, 11:00
Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Rachel Schmidt violin

Raimar Orlovsky violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Christoph Igelbrink cello

Hendrik Heilmann piano

Works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann

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Tuesday,

27 Mar 2018,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Tour

Tue, 27 Mar 2018, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Alexander Bader clarinet

Özgür Aydin piano

Works by Aram Chatschaturjan, Alban Berg, Darius Milhaud and Béla Bartók

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Tuesday,

27 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Tue, 27 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Krystian Zimerman piano

Works by Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Wednesday,

28 Mar 2018,
14:00

Kirche St. Bernhard, Baden-Baden

Tour

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 14:00
Kirche St. Bernhard, Baden-Baden

Concerto Melante playing historical instruments

Raimar Orlovsky violin and direction

Saskia Fikentscher recorder and oboe

Kerstin Fahr recorder

Ulrich Wolff viola da gamba

Kristin von der Goltz cello

Heidi Gröger viola da gamba

Martin Heinze violone

Léon Berben harpsichord and organ

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann

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Wednesday,

28 Mar 2018,
18:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 18:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Simon Rössler conductor

Schauspieler des Theaters Baden-Baden acting ensemble

Stipendiaten der »Akademie Musiktheater heute« der Deutsche Bank Stiftung stage direction, stage design, costumes and light design

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl), K. 196 (In German Language)

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Wednesday,

28 Mar 2018,
21:00

Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Tour

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 21:00
Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Bolero Berlin

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
11:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 11:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Children's Opera Knight Parceval

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Stanley Dodds direction

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
14:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 14:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Andreas Ottensamer clarinet

Daishin Kashimoto violin

Knut Weber cello

Markus Groh piano

Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Barock Solisten

Bundesjugendorchester

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Daishin Kashimoto violin

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Daniel Stabrawa violin

Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Jacques Offenbach and Béla Bartók

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Friday,

30 Mar 2018,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Works by Guillaume Dufay, Marc-André Dalbavie, Isang Yun, Peter Maxwell Davies and Johann Sebastian Bach

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Friday,

30 Mar 2018,
16:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 16:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dieter Dorn stage direction

Stephen Gould tenor

Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano

Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Kiandra Howarth soprano

Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano

Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano

Mari Eriksmoen soprano

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Richard Wagner Parsifal

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Máté Szűcs viola

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Matthew McDonald double bass

Yannick Rafalimanana piano

Works by Franz Schubert and Mark-Anthony Turnage

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Children's Opera Knight Parceval

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Stanley Dodds direction

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Vilde Frang violin

Works by Béla Bartók and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Sunday,

01 Apr 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 01 Apr 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Simon Rössler conductor

Schauspieler des Theaters Baden-Baden acting ensemble

Stipendiaten der »Akademie Musiktheater heute« der Deutsche Bank Stiftung stage direction, stage design, costumes and light design

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl), K. 196 (In German Language)

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Sunday,

01 Apr 2018,
14:00

Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie

Tour

Sun, 01 Apr 2018, 14:00
Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie

Götz Teutsch Programm

Kotowa Machida Violin

Olaf Maninger Cello

Cordelia Höfer Piano

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Sunday,

01 Apr 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 01 Apr 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Krystian Zimerman piano

Works by Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

02 Apr 2018,
11:00

Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Tour

Mon, 02 Apr 2018, 11:00
Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Menking cello

Paul Rivinius piano

Works by Darius Milhaud and César Franck

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Monday,

02 Apr 2018,
16:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 02 Apr 2018, 16:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dieter Dorn stage direction

Stephen Gould tenor

Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano

Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Kiandra Howarth soprano

Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano

Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano

Mari Eriksmoen soprano

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Richard Wagner Parsifal

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