In a class of its own
Autumn Festival in Baden-Baden, November 9-13, 2016
The 2016 Autumn Festival will begin with a bang – Bellini’s opera Norma with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role (November 10 and 12, 2016, 7:00 and 6:00 P.M.). With the performance, the Festival Hall Baden-Baden will be showcasing a Salzburg Whitsun Festival production where Cecilia Bartoli, who has close ties with the Festival Hall, initiated a paradigm shift: singing the title role as a mezzo-soprano, she hearkened back to the opera’s premiere and early performances. Musically speaking, this production of Norma will be as faithful as possible to the score. The orchestra I Barocchisti and Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera will be performing on period instruments. Cecilia Bartoli has selected the directorial team of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, having previously collaborated with both in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Leiser and Caurier transfer the action from antiquity to the mid-20thcentury, where the druid priestess becomes a partisan. Cecilia Bartoli will be joined by further top-class artists at the festival.
Iconic Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will be playing music by Robert Schumann (November 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M.) and Christian Gerhaher, one of the most outstanding Lied interpreters of our time, will sing Schubert’s Winterreise (November 11, 2016, 7:00 P.M.).
During the 2016/2017 season, Anne-Sophie Mutter will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of her career on stage with no fewer than three concerts at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden. At the Autumn Festival she will be performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be offering Dvorak’s celebrated Symphony “From the New World” in the same concert (November 13, 2016, 6:00 P.M.).
Master concerts held throughout the city (including the Rathaus and Casino Baden-Baden) and featuring ECHO Rising Stars will round out the attractive program. The Frieder Burda Museum will host a concert with the Salagon Quartet as part of the “Die Kerze” (The Candle) exhibition (November 11, 2016, 8:00 P.M.). In keeping with the theme, the musical program will also include a play of light and shadows.
The festival continues with two concerts showcasing ECHO Rising Stars Tamsin Waley-Cohen (November 12, 2016, 2:00 P.M.) and Miriam Batsashvili (November 13, 2016, 11:00 A.M.). In this concert series, the leading European concert halls send young talents on an extended tour of Europe. Year after year, this “grand prize of chamber music” offers exciting new discoveries for audiences, and is also something special for Baden-Baden.
Photo: (c) Hans-Jörg Michel, Norma.
Note: A production of the Salzburger Festspiele in cooperation with U-Live/Universal Music Arts & Entertainment, London.