Festspielhaus Baden-Baden


Contagious Anticipation

Sir Simon Rattle’s eager anticipation ahead of the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden is obvious. In a video message he talks about the central works including “Manon Lescaut”, the “St. John Passion”, “ Ein Heldenleben” and “Le Sacre du Printemps”. He also reveals how long the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra “Puccini break” really was.» more



A Festival for Baden-Baden

The Easter Festival adheres to a unique concept. It revolves around the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, whose music is then visible throughout the city - be it in the Master Concerts around Baden-Baden, in the cityscape as a whole, or in the seasoned SWR2 / Festspielhaus Lounge in the Kulturhaus LA8. » more



Scenes from an opera: Des Grieux

Rehearsals for the Easter Festival Opera “Manon Lescaut” have moved onto the stage. Soon it will get serious in the Festspielhaus. High time to re-introduce the work and its protagonists with some audio samples. Today we hear Des Grieux, the “good guy”. A poor student, head over heals in love – the best qualifications for a tragic opera story. » more



Contemporary Brahms

Anne-Sophie Mutter was only nineteen years old when she recorded Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – at the time under the baton of her “discoverer” Herbert von Karajan. However, not only Brahms, but also Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn are also available in this line-up – and all recordings have long been considered legendary. But now, decades later? How have Anne-Sophie Mutter’s interpretations developed?» more



New friends

Do you know pianist Lilya Zilberstein? Or the great Mozart artist Kristian Bezuidenhout? Well, you should! We have long been trying to invite both artists to the Festspielhaus, and finally we have succeeded! The 2014/2015 concert programme is rich with artistic offerings. We are particularly looking forward to those which have been absent from our stage for some time – such as Klaus Florian Vogt. » more