Ten years of the Easter Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker! If you’re also lucky enough to stage opera with Kirill Petrenko, it makes sense to think big. With operas featuring plenty of stars, more chamber concerts, and varied symphonic programs for music lovers from all over the world. As befitting the occasion, we aim to celebrate the fin de siècle
with its sumptuous excesses, its monumental ambitions, its desire to take on the whole world. And also its courage to set out into unknown realms. And so, from Baden-Baden and Berlin, we looked back to Vienna, to the years after 1900, to Strauss, Mahler, and Schoenberg – in order to build a new, longer bridge from Strauss to Handel, from the art nouveau fairy tale to the Baroque allegory. Both fairy tales and allegories seek to view the world through images, and this is also the aim of the extensive supporting program, which reveals interconnections, but also leaves the other-worldly in its foreignness. Art dazzles. And people shine when they marvel, when they celebrate and learn something new.