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. At this festive concert on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Festspielhaus, Joyce DiDonato will be accompanied by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. We will be hearing Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, following Nos. 1 and 2 last year. A great deal could be said about Brahms and Baden-Baden; we will simply mention the composer's summer cottage here. Renée Fleming will also transport us to the world of nature – and finally, as Verdi's Ophelia, sing her way into all of our hearts.