Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

13 to 22 April 2019

After Sir Simon Rattle’s departure and before Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure, the 2018/2019 season is a transition period for the Berliner Philharmoniker. This year Zubin Mehta conducts the Festival’s new opera production: Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. With this work, the Italian composer and his librettist Arrigo Boito created a powerful psychological drama based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. It not only explores one of the most painful and destructive human emotions – jealousy – but also shows how easily people can become victims of clever manipulation. The title role will be sung by the Australian tenor Stuart Skelton, who has appeared in the roles of Tristan and Parsifal at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. Sonya Yoncheva will interpret the part of Otello’s wife Desdemona. The two are already an experienced team; they sang these roles together at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Vladimir Stoyanov will be heard as the scheming Iago. The production is directed by Robert Wilson.

More Verdi

Another magnificent work by the Italian composer is on the festival programme: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, which the Berliner Philharmoniker will present with the Bavarian Radio Chorus under conductor Riccardo Muti. The soloists will be Vittoria Yeo, Elīna Garanča, Francesco Meli and Ildar Abdrazakov. Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker, will conduct two other orchestral concerts, both featuring Peter Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The soloist for the first of the Petrenko concerts will be the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who will play Arnold Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto. Pianist Lang Lang will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at the second concert.


To the website of the Easter Festival

Viva Italia!

The music of Italy as well as Verdi and his opera Otello also dominate the programmes of the “Master Concerts”, in which chamber ensembles from the Berliner Philharmoniker and other members of the orchestra perform. In addition to this focus on Italy, the Master Concerts will cover the entire spectrum of chamber music from the Baroque to Modernism. A contrast to the grand opera at the Festival Hall will be provided by the chamber opera at the Baden-Baden Theater, which will be presented by scholars of the Karajan Academy and vocal soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s music academies, conducted by Michael Hasel. In Victoria Bond’s two-act opera Clara, the first section depicts the romance between Clara and Robert Schumann before their marriage, while the second act revolves around Robert’s illness and tragic end. Young classical music fans can look forward to the children’s opera Der Kleine und Otello (The Little Fellow and Otello), which is based on music from Verdi’s work.

Performances and concerts

Saturday,

04 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 04 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Peter Rose bass

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Paul Schweinester tenor

Mateja Koležnik stage direction

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
11:00

Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie, Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 11:00
Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie, Baden-Baden

Philharmonic Salon

Götz Teutsch speaker and programme supervsion

Cordelia Höfer piano

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Alexander Bader clarinet

Sarah Willis french horn

Stefan Schweigert bassoon

Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
15:30

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 15:30
Theater Baden-Baden

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tugan Sokhiev conductor

Christian Tetzlaff violin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Modest Mussorgsky

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
21:30

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 21:30
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Ludwig van Beethoven Septet in E flat major, op. 20

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Monday,

06 Apr 2020,
15:30

Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 06 Apr 2020, 15:30
Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Anton Webern and Josef Suk

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Monday,

06 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 06 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Berlin Philharmonic Winds

Martin Heinze double bass

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
12:30

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 12:30
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Stefan Dohr french horn

Sarah Willis french horn

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Menking cello

Stefan Schweigert bassoon

Alexander Bader clarinet

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Andreas Wittmann oboe

Dominik Wollenweber Englischhorn

Alexander Bader clarinet

Richard Duven cello

Leonie Rettig piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Peter Rose bass

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Paul Schweinester tenor

Mateja Koležnik stage direction

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Wednesday,

08 Apr 2020,
15:30

Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden

Tour

Wed, 08 Apr 2020, 15:30
Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden

Feininger Trio

Juliane Banse soprano

Works by Wolfgang Rihm, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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Wednesday,

08 Apr 2020,
21:00

Casino Baden-Baden

Tour

Wed, 08 Apr 2020, 21:00
Casino Baden-Baden

Bolero Berlin

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Thursday,

09 Apr 2020,
20:30

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 09 Apr 2020, 20:30
Theater Baden-Baden

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
13:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 13:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Helena Madoka Berg violin

Bettina Sartorius violin

Martin Stegner viola

Yumino Weber cello

Venus Ensemble Berlin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
14:30

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 14:30
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Menking cello

Borchard Quartett

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
16:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 16:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Athenäum Quartett

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Anna Mehlin violin

Kyoung Min Park viola

Nikolaus Römisch cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Okka von der Damerau mezzo-soprano

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Missa solemnis in D major, op. 123

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Saturday,

11 Apr 2020,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Tour

Sat, 11 Apr 2020, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Christophe Horák violin

Simon Roturier violin

Micha Afkham viola

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Brahms Ensemble

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Ludwig Quandt cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Saturday,

11 Apr 2020,
15:30

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 11 Apr 2020, 15:30
Theater Baden-Baden

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

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Saturday,

11 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 11 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor

Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Ladies of the CHORWERK RUHR

Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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Sunday,

12 Apr 2020,
13:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 13:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Apos Quartett

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Luis Esnaola López violin

Amihai Grosz viola

Stephan Koncz cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

12 Apr 2020,
16:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 16:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Varian Fry Quartett

Marzona Quartett

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

12 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Herbert Blomstedt conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes piano

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Benazet Saal

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Benazet Saal

German National Youth Orchestra

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Albrecht Mayer oboe and direction

Works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
13:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 13:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Aleksandar Ivic violin

Anna Mehlin violin

Sebastian Krunnies viola

Solène Kermarrec cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
14:30

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 14:30
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Daniel Stabrawa violin

Krzysztof Polonek violin

Amihai Grosz viola

Dietmar Schwalke cello

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Marlene Ito violin

Naoko Shimizu viola

Knut Weber cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Peter Rose bass

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Paul Schweinester tenor

Mateja Koležnik stage direction

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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