It is superfluous to mention that Baden-Baden has been included by UNESCO in its list of World Heritage Sites. On our first stroll through the historic center, the city opens up before us like a treasure chest. At the same time, many precious things remain invisible, hidden in traditions that are cherished in the city. For example, the fact that the idea of the music festival was invented in Baden-Baden by Hector Berlioz, who in the nineteenth century led the first ever festival here in the summer – a piece of history that we will commemorate at the summer festival with a special concert. In this celebratory concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Festspielhaus, Joyce DiDonato was accompanied by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The concert continued with Brahms' Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, after Nos. 1 and 2 last year. Much could be said about Brahms and Baden-Baden; we refer to the composer's summer cottage.
The programme of the 2024 Summer Festival will be announced in October 2023.