La Capitale d' Été
Summer Festival Baden-Baden
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.
RENÉE FLEMING & YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN
Since being an American, Renée Fleming doesn’t take herself too seriously, she is very much capable of both: "stateswoman-like" and "casual." With Yannick Nézet-Séguin, it’s all about friendship. This is not simply the umpteenth song recital, but a meeting among equals, a unique event on the occasion of the festival.
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It is said that Brahms wrote his famous “Lullaby” in Lichtental in Baden-Baden. And so what could be more fitting to introduce children to the main composer of our summer festival? More specifically: babies and children of preschool age. For our young classical music listeners, the MUSA! group organizes concert formats according to the pedagogical research of American teacher and author E. E. Gordon. In order to meet the needs of every age group, the concerts will be divided: into “crawling concerts” for children from zero to two and walking concerts for children ages four and up. Both events will take place outdoors, and the walking concert will include plenty of singing – on a walk together to our fabulous children's concert.
GALA CONCERTThe Met Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Come celebrate with us! Twenty-five years of the Festspielhaus, this of course calls for a celebration. You can look forward to Joyce DiDonato, THE mezzo-soprano star from America, along with New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and its chief conductor and good friend of the Festspielhaus Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
THE MET ORCHESTRA & YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN
A host of musical highlights under the title "planet Shakespeare": America's most famous soprano Renée Fleming sings selections from Verdi's Otello in a program that will also feature Tchaikovsky's romantic Romeo and Juliet Overture, music from West Side Story, and a European premiere. We will be hearing New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under its principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE
With Symphonies Three and Four, Yannick Nézet-Séguin continues the Brahms cycle he began with us last year. The first two symphonies were as acclaimed at the time as his now legendary Beethoven cycle, which has long since been released on CDs by Deutsche Grammophon...
YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN & FRIENDS
Year after year, it is a special pleasure to see conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano – as a chamber musician together with individual members of the orchestra. During this year’s Summer Festival, the joy will be even greater thanks to the remarkable program, featuring two of Johannes Brahms's most beautiful chamber works, dating from his early and late periods, whose boldness is matched only by their passion.