Floria Tosca lives only for art and love – until she gets involved in a political intrigue that draws her into the abyss. This tragic story of a passionate woman inspired Giacomo Puccini in his opera Tosca in which he brilliantly and with psychological insight gives musical expression to the emotional ups and downs of his characters: devoted love, nagging jealousy, implacable hatred and sadistic brutality. After Manon Lescaut, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker now perform Tosca, another masterpiece by the Italian composer, at the 2017 Easter Festival which takes place in Baden-Baden for the fifth time from 7 to 17 April. For the four performances, the title role is taken by Kristīne Opolais, one of the great Puccini singers of our time. Appearing with her are the Argentinian tenor Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi, and the Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin in the role of the villain Scarpia. The production is directed by Philipp Himmelmann who has already staged several operas at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. In Tosca, he sees a piece that contains all the elements of an exciting thriller: power, sex and murder.
Opera, concerts and more
During the Easter Festival, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is not only the venue for the performances of Puccini’s opera, but also for a series of concerts with great works and celebrated soloists: Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, plus a concert with works by Antonín Dvořák and Béla Bartók with violinist Lisa Batiashvili as the soloist. Other guests of the Berliner Philharmoniker are the conductor Zubin Mehta and Kirill Petrenko, designated head of the orchestra, and the violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who is the soloist in Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto.
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For classical music lovers of all ages
Concerts will be given in a range of other locations in the city: in the theatre, the Kurhaus, the Old Council Chamber of the Town Hall, the Museum of 19th century Art and Technology (LA8), the Museum Frieder Burda, the Malersaal and the Weinbrennersaal , and in the Spitalkirche, in St. Bernhard and in the town church. These venues are where the “Master Concerts” are given by the Philharmoniker’s chamber music ensembles. Young classical music fans can look forward to the opera camp on Tosca and two family concerts with the theme of Adventures old and new!. Young musicians are represented in the chamber opera La tragédie de Carmen, an adaptation of Bizet’s opera by Peter Brook and Marius Constant.