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A rich and varied sound palette to be featured at the Autumn Festival from November 9-13

The 2016 Autumn Festival will begin with a bang – Bellini’s opera Norma with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role (November 10/12 2016, 7:00/6:00 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. Bartoli corrects today’s common practice of assigning the part of Norma to a soprano, offering a fascinating role portrayal in a production of the Salzburg Festival in collaboration with U-Live/Universal Music Arts & Entertainment, London. Standing room tickets are still available for both performances.

Cecilia Bartoli is only one of the famous names in the festival lineup. Phenomenal Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov will be playing music by Robert Schumann (November 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M.). What other repertoire the “best pianist in the world today” (as Daniel Barenboim recently called him) has in store for us will remain a mystery, as usual, until shortly before the concert. The festival continues with one of the outstanding Lied interpreters of our time: Christian Gerhaher sings Schubert’s Winterreise (November 11, 2016, 7:00 P.M.). His CD recording of the piece with pianist Gerold Huber is regarded as one of the best ever made.

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.). Though the concert is sold out, standing room tickets are still available.

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.

New in this year’s Autumn Festival program is the Festival Lounge, which had previously only been offered at the Easter Festival. Exciting meetings and discussions with Autumn Festival artists will be taking place every day from November 9 to 13, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Crystal Hall of the Heliopark Bad Hotel zum Hirsch. Guests will include conductor Gianluca Capuano and Norma directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. Before the Festival Lounge events (11:00 A.M.), Dariusz Szymanski will be presenting an introductory lecture on one of the key works on the program that day.

Photo: Hans Joerg Michel