The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmoniker have signed a contract to continue the Easter Festival. The general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Andrea Zietzschmann, and Festspielhaus general manager Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser have announced that the collaboration will initially be extended until 2022. The foundation boards of the Kulturstiftung Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation unanimously supported this extension.
“The Berliner Philharmoniker are delighted to continue holding the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden for another five years,” says Andrea Zietzschmann. “Not only have we found a home here for our annual opera production, but also ideal conditions to present the versatility of the orchestra in chamber music, educational and symphonic concerts with our artistic partners. We thank the team and the supporters of the Festspielhaus for their wonderful cooperation.” Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser said: “The new contract is a great vote of confidence and a great opportunity for the development of Baden-Baden. I was always sure that it would continue. The first ten years of the Easter Festival are now guaranteed.”
The Easter Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker has taken place in Baden-Baden since 2013. At the next festival in 2019, Kirill Petrenko and Riccardo Muti will conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concerts in Baden-Baden. Robert Wilson will direct a new production of Verdi’s opera Otello, with Daniele Gatti conducting. Kirill Petrenko, the new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker from the autumn of 2019, will also direct the Easter Festival’s opera productions from spring 2020.