Easter Festival Baden-Baden
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With works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Jean Sibelius, and Richard Strauss, the 2024 Baden-Baden Easter Festival will be more varied and genre-encompassing than ever before – featuring, as the centerpiece, Richard Strauss’s masterpiece Elektra.
In this way, the Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will be continuing their two-year program for Baden-Baden. The double offering of Tchaikovsky’s operas Mazeppa and The Queen of Spades (2021/2022) have already demonstrated how compelling this program idea is.
Tugan Sokhiev will conduct the Beethoven-Bruckner evening, accompanying Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Like Lisa Batiashvili (violin), he is a favorite guest in Baden-Baden.
We look forward to seeing all these artists, and first and foremost, you! Take advantage of the “early bird discount,” available for the first time for the Easter Festival 2024, up to July 31, 2023.
See you at the Easter Festival Baden-Baden 2024!
SAT 23.3.24/TUE 26.3.24/SUN 31.3.24
Richard Strauss’s Elektra was the sensation that ushered in modernity by at the same time popularizing it. Heroes on the verge of madness, just what the audience loves! The world comes tumbling down upon us, specifically here: the Straussian orchestra. No fewer than 111 musicians conjure up magic that carries the singers and propels them forward: in our concert, legendary Wagner voices Nina Stemme in the title role and Michaela Schuster as Clytemnestra, who offer up plenty of mother-daughter psychodrama. The tempestuous duo is joined and brought down to earth by Elza van den Heever as Elektra's sister who yearns for love. The “Strauss Dream Team” of the 2023 Festival is back!
SUN 23.3.24/SAT 30.3.24
BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER & TUGAN SOKHIEVJAN LISIECKI
Ludwig van Beethoven gave the piano concerto a new, symphonic status. With his Third, he freed it from the forms of his predecessors and teachers Mozart and Haydn. The famous dialogue between the piano and timpani is not the only way that it is revolutionary. No less novel to audiences in 1884 was Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, which is today considered one of the great masterpieces of its genre. Arthur Nikisch helped launch its success. The Hungarian conductor was appointed chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1895 and in 1913 made the first continuous sound recording of a symphony with the orchestra. The evening’s soloist, Jan Lisiecki, most recently thrilled audiences at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in January 2023.
GALA RICHARD WAGNERBERLINER PHILHARMONIKER & KIRILL PETRENKO
It is well known that Richard Wagner also tried to build a festival theater in Baden-Baden. Less explored are his visits to the then highly-esteemed soprano Pauline Viardot, who lived in Baden-Baden. Wagner had the opera star explain to him the distinctive features of French and Italian opera singing, and discussed – we are now entering the realm of speculation – their differences to the combination of bel canto and text comprehensibility that he was striving for. Kirill Petrenko, the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, can already look back on many successful productions of Richard Wagner's operas. And Wagnerians are not the only ones eagerly awaiting this gala.
The soloists will be announced in early summer 2023.
FR 29.3.24/MO 1.4.24
BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER & KIRILL PETRENKOLISA BATIASHVILI
In 1905, Richard Strauss helped Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto achieve a success in Berlin that had not been matched at the premiere in Finland. Sibelius had meanwhile turned his back on Helsinki and revised the Concerto, with the beauty and solitude of his new home on a lake before his eyes. Lisa Batiashvili presents her interpretation of this work so close to the heart of the composer, who himself dreamed of being a violin virtuoso. Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker will go on to interpret Johannes Brahms’s Fourth, which was first performed in Meiningen under Brahms’s direction. Hans von Bülow, like Brahms a frequent summer guest in Baden-Baden, had championed the work.