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

Monday,

22 Apr 2019,
11:00

Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 11:00
Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden

Venus Ensemble

Works by Giuseppe Verdi and Maurice Ravel

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Monday,

22 Apr 2019,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Raphael Haeger conductor

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Monday,

22 Apr 2019,
14:00

Dorint Hotel Baden-Baden, Malersaal

Tour

Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 14:00
Dorint Hotel Baden-Baden, Malersaal

Marzona Quartett

Works by Bedrich Smetana, Gustav Machatý and Leoš Janáček

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Monday,

22 Apr 2019,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Zubin Mehta conductor

Stuart Skelton tenor (Otello)

Sonya Yoncheva soprano (Desdemona)

Anna Malavasi mezzo-soprano (Emilia)

Francesco Demuro tenor (Cassio)

Gregory Bonfatti tenor (Roderigo)

Giovanni Furlanetto bass (Montano)

Federico Sacchi bass (Lodovico)

Mathias Tönges bass

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Walter Zeh chorus master

Robert Wilson staging and stage design

Jacques Reynaud Kostüme

Vladimir Stoyanov baritone

Giuseppe Verdi Otello

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