There will be a premiere at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden: Kirill Petrenko will conduct the Festival’s new opera production as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth Kirill Petrenko and the orchestra present his only opera, Fidelio, with soprano Marlis Petersen in the title role. The ensemble of singers also includes tenor Matthew Polenzani as Florestan, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Marzelline and bass Peter Rose as Rocco. The production is directed by the Slovenian director Mateja Koležnik, winner of the Nestroy Award in 2018. Kirill Petrenko will also conduct another of the composer’s key works, the Missa solemnis, as well as Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Along with Kirill Petrenko, Tugan Sokhiev, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Herbert Blomstedt will also conduct the Philharmoniker during the Festival. Naturally, an array of internationally acclaimed guest artists will appear as well, among them violinist Christian Tetzlaff, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.
Homage to Beethoven
Not only the Festspielhaus, but all of Baden-Baden will be alive with music. Many of the city’s cultural institutions, such as the Orangerie, the Casino, the Weinbrennersaal, the Runder Saal in the Kurhaus and the Frieder Burda Museum, will serve as performance venues for concerts by orchestra chamber music ensembles, focussing primarily on works by Ludwig van Beethoven this year. In addition, a chamber opera will be staged again in the Theater: as part of the series “Young Opera”, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and vocal soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s academies of music will present Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s opera Simplicius Simplicissimus, which – like Fidelio – also explores the themes of freedom and human dignity. The Bundesjugendorchester (German National Youth Orchestra) makes a guest appearance at the Festival again this year, playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony under the baton of Kirill Petrenko.