Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

24 March to 2 April 2018

The 2018 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden features one of the most enigmatic and mystical works of musical theatre: Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, in which the composer takes the theme of “redemption” which runs like a thread through all his stage works, and takes it to a religious and spiritual level – with music that Sir Simon Rattle considers to be the pinnacle of the art of orchestration because of its groundbreaking harmonies and dazzling timbres. Parsifal is the last opera production with Rattle in his capacity as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. The title role is sung by Stephen Gould, one of the most sought-after Wagnerian tenors of our time. The ensemble also includes Ruxandra Donose (Kundry), Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas) and Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor). The production is by Dieter Dorn, former artistic director of the Münchner Kammerspiele and a celebrated theatre director who has made his mark with extraordinary opera productions since the 1970s.

Opera, concerts and more

Like every year, the Festival Hall Baden-Baden is also the venue for a series of captivating orchestral concerts during the Easter Festival. Celebrated soloists and conductors present themselves with great works: Sir Simon Rattle’s programmes include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eroica, while Daniel Harding conducts the Alpine Symphony, and Iván Fischer selected pieces from Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The soloists at the festival are the mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, the pianist Krystian Zimerman, the baritone Gerald Finley and the violinist Vilde Frang.


To the website of the Easter Festival

Music in many places

Concerts will also be held in other locations in the town: in the Theater, the Kurhaus, the Bürgerhaus Neuer Markt, in the Orangerie, in the Museum Frieder Burda, the Florentiner-, Maler- and Weinbrennersaal, plus the Spitalkirche, the Kirche St. Bernhard and in the Stadtkirche. These venues are where the “Master Concerts” by the Philharmoniker's chamber music ensembles are held. For young opera fans, there is a version of the Parsifal myth especially for children: Henrik Albrecht has created a vivid and easy to understand version of the story in Ritter Parceval, based on motifs from Wagner’s work. In a performance with vocal soloists from Baden-Württemberg conservatories and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Stanley Dodds, the work will be premiered at the Theater Baden-Baden. The Haus am Goetheplatz, built in the mid-19th century in the style of the Paris Opera, is also the setting for the Dramma giocoso La finta giardiniera, a work by the 19-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This production also includes a cast of young artists, this time under the direction of Simon Rössler.

Performances and concerts

Saturday,

24 Mar 2018,
16:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 24 Mar 2018, 16:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dieter Dorn stage direction

Stephen Gould tenor

Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano

Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Kiandra Howarth soprano

Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano

Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano

Mari Eriksmoen soprano

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Richard Wagner Parsifal

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Sunday,

25 Mar 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 25 Mar 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Simon Rössler conductor

Schauspieler des Theaters Baden-Baden acting ensemble

Stipendiaten der »Akademie Musiktheater heute« der Deutsche Bank Stiftung stage direction, stage design, costumes and light design

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl), K. 196 (In German Language)

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Sunday,

25 Mar 2018,
14:00

Ev. Stadtkirche am Augustaplatz

Tour

Sun, 25 Mar 2018, 14:00
Ev. Stadtkirche am Augustaplatz

Truike van der Poel mezzo-soprano

Janne Saksala double bass

Wieland Welzel drums and timpani

Egor Egorkin flute

Works by Etienne Perruchon and Sofia Gubaidulina

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Sunday,

25 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 25 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Works by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
11:00

Museum Frieder Burda

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 11:00
Museum Frieder Burda

Holm Birkholz Violin and Singing Bowl

Manfred Preis Bass Clarinet

Works by Holm Birkholz

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
14:00

Museum Frieder Burda

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 14:00
Museum Frieder Burda

KlangArt Berlin

Jan Schlichte drums, Martin Heinze double bass

Elisabeth Rapp vocals

Egor Egorkin flute

Thomas Leyendecker trombone

Dominik Wollenweber oboe

John Cage Ryoanji

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Children's Opera Knight Parceval

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stanley Dodds direction

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

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Monday,

26 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding conductor

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Works by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss

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Tuesday,

27 Mar 2018,
11:00

Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Tour

Tue, 27 Mar 2018, 11:00
Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Rachel Schmidt violin

Raimar Orlovsky violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Christoph Igelbrink cello

Hendrik Heilmann piano

Works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann

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Tuesday,

27 Mar 2018,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Tour

Tue, 27 Mar 2018, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Alexander Bader clarinet

Özgür Aydin piano

Works by Aram Chatschaturjan, Alban Berg, Darius Milhaud and Béla Bartók

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Tuesday,

27 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Tue, 27 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Krystian Zimerman piano

Works by Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Wednesday,

28 Mar 2018,
14:00

Kirche St. Bernhard, Baden-Baden

Tour

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 14:00
Kirche St. Bernhard, Baden-Baden

Concerto Melante playing historical instruments

Raimar Orlovsky violin and direction

Saskia Fikentscher recorder and oboe

Kerstin Fahr recorder

Ulrich Wolff viola da gamba

Kristin von der Goltz cello

Heidi Gröger viola da gamba

Martin Heinze violone

Léon Berben harpsichord and organ

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann

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Wednesday,

28 Mar 2018,
18:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 18:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Simon Rössler conductor

Schauspieler des Theaters Baden-Baden acting ensemble

Stipendiaten der »Akademie Musiktheater heute« der Deutsche Bank Stiftung stage direction, stage design, costumes and light design

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl), K. 196 (In German Language)

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Wednesday,

28 Mar 2018,
21:00

Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Tour

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 21:00
Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Bolero Berlin

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
11:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 11:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Children's Opera Knight Parceval

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stanley Dodds direction

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
11:00

Spitalkirche

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 11:00
Spitalkirche

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith and Franz Schubert

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
14:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 14:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Andreas Ottensamer clarinet

Daishin Kashimoto violin

Knut Weber cello

Markus Groh piano

Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps

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Thursday,

29 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Barock Solisten

Bundesjugendorchester

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Daishin Kashimoto violin

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Daniel Stabrawa violin

Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Jacques Offenbach and Béla Bartók

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Friday,

30 Mar 2018,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Works by Guillaume Dufay, Marc-André Dalbavie, Isang Yun, Peter Maxwell Davies and Johann Sebastian Bach

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Friday,

30 Mar 2018,
16:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 16:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dieter Dorn stage direction

Stephen Gould tenor

Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano

Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Kiandra Howarth soprano

Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano

Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano

Mari Eriksmoen soprano

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Richard Wagner Parsifal

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Máté Szűcs viola

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Matthew McDonald double bass

Yannick Rafalimanana piano

Works by Franz Schubert and Mark-Anthony Turnage

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Children's Opera Knight Parceval

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stanley Dodds direction

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
14:00

Dorint Hotel Baden-Baden, Malersaal

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 14:00
Dorint Hotel Baden-Baden, Malersaal

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Saturday,

31 Mar 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Iván Fischer conductor

Vilde Frang violin

Works by Béla Bartók and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Sunday,

01 Apr 2018,
14:00

Theater Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 01 Apr 2018, 14:00
Theater Baden-Baden

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Simon Rössler conductor

Schauspieler des Theaters Baden-Baden acting ensemble

Stipendiaten der »Akademie Musiktheater heute« der Deutsche Bank Stiftung stage direction, stage design, costumes and light design

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl), K. 196 (In German Language)

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Sunday,

01 Apr 2018,
14:00

Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie

Tour

Sun, 01 Apr 2018, 14:00
Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie

Götz Teutsch Programm

Kotowa Machida Violin

Olaf Maninger Cello

Cordelia Höfer Piano

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Sunday,

01 Apr 2018,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 01 Apr 2018, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Krystian Zimerman piano

Works by Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

02 Apr 2018,
11:00

Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Tour

Mon, 02 Apr 2018, 11:00
Casino Baden-Baden, Florentinersaal

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Menking cello

Paul Rivinius piano

Works by Darius Milhaud and César Franck

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Monday,

02 Apr 2018,
16:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 02 Apr 2018, 16:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dieter Dorn stage direction

Stephen Gould tenor

Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano

Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone

Gerald Finley bass baritone

Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Kiandra Howarth soprano

Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano

Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano

Mari Eriksmoen soprano

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Richard Wagner Parsifal

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