Enchanted flute and Holy Grail

GREAT OPERAS IN BADEN-BADEN, FROM RATTLE’S PARSIFAL TO VILLAZÓN’S PAPAGENO

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With the operas La Bohéme, Leonore (Fidelio), Parsifal, Der fliegende Holländer, Die Zauberflöte, and Adriana Lecouvreur, the Festival Hall Baden-Baden will be presenting staged and concert-version performances that offer a mix of popular masterpieces with rare gems of the music theater repertoire. “Opera is what sets Baden-Baden apart from the very finest concert halls in Europe that we compare ourselves to,” comments Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser.

The program will be featuring new productions of the operas La Bohéme (music director: Teodor Currentzis, director: Phillipp Himmelmann), Parsifal (music director: Sir Simon Rattle, director: Dieter Dorn), and Adriana Lecouvreur (music director: Valery Gergiev) with Anna Netrebko in the title role. And in concert-version opera performances, we can also look forward to re-experiencing leading conductors like René Jacobs, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Valery Gergiev with soloists that include Marlis Petersen (Leonore), Bryn Terfel (Der fliegende Holländer), and Rolando Villazón (Zauberflöte/Papageno).

Parsifal at the Easter Festival

The 2018 Easter Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker will be dedicated to Sir Simon Rattle’s final appearances here as the world-class orchestra’s principal conductor. With Wagner’s Parsifal, the British conductor will be leading a much-awaited production during his Easter Festival farewell. The cast will include Stephen Gould as Parsifal and Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry together with Franz-Josef Selig as Gurnemanz and Evgeny Nikitin as Klingsor. The role of Amfortas will be sung by Gerald Finley.

Two operas for children

This autumn Vera Nemirova will be staging the children’s opera Die Katze Ivanka. The director wrote the libretto herself to the opera by Massimiliano Matesic. Drawing on late Romantic music, the two artists present the adventure of a cat who lives in an opera house, where he experiences all kinds of peculiar goings-on. The 2018 Easter Festival will feature a new children’s opera entitled Ritter Parsifal, with music composed by Henrik Albrecht.