Cecilia Bartoli and the Berliner Philharmoniker in Baden-Baden

November program to present exceptional works

Photo that shows La Cenerentola Bartoli C Salzburger Festspiele Silvia Lelli. © Salzburger Festspiele Silvia Lelli
© Salzburger Festspiele Silvia Lelli

“Art takes center stage again.” Baden-Baden's Festspielhaus Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa presented the concert hall’s November program today (21.09.2020), which will feature such leading artists and ensembles as the Berliner Philharmoniker and its chief conductor Kirill Petrenko, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, and the Münchner Philharmoniker.
“Despite, or perhaps because of the special circumstances, it is important to me as the Artistic Director to focus on artistic messages rather than just any events,” said Stampa. "We don’t organize for the sake of organizing, but to ensure that the music, the composers, and the performers are heard."

“I am very happy that despite the pandemic, we are able to bring the opera back to Baden-Baden with Cecilia Bartoli and La Cenerentola. It is now very important that we facilitate what is currently the “most impossible” art form with an intelligent security concept. This is namely what Baden-Baden stands for: giving time and space to what is special and unique. Cecilia Bartoli will be awakening memories of great singers of the nineteenth century. Pauline Viardot, Maria Malibran … it was they who once thrilled the musical city of Baden-Baden,” said Benedikt Stampa.
The semi-staged performances of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) will take place on November 6 and 8.

Commissioned work and Shostakovich with the Berliner Philharmoniker

The Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will be coming to Baden-Baden on November 7. The program will include Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen, the commissioned work Sabina – a composition exclusively for strings by Andrew Norman – and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony.
With this concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker would like to express their special ties with Baden-Baden, where they have been presenting the Easter Festival since 2013. This year the Festival had to be completely canceled due to this spring’s lockdown. "I am delighted that the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko are coming with a remarkable program," said Stampa. "These marvelous musicians are once again presenting fascinating contrasts to familiar and often-heard music. With them, art takes center stage."

The November program will continue with violinist Julia Fischer and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionala di Santa Cecilia from Rome under the direction of Antonio Pappano in a Mozart program (13.11), and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča will also be coming to Baden-Baden with a song recital (14.11) along with German jazz trumpeter Till Brönner with his band (15.11).

Münchner Philharmoniker residency

Under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, the Münchner Philharmoniker will be presenting concerts with Turkish pianist Fazil Say on November 28 and 29, 2020. The chief conductor of the Munich orchestra, Valery Gergiev, will also conduct two performances on December 5 and 6.

"We are already looking towards December since before the coronavirus pandemic, a large-scale opera was to feature that month on the program, namely our new production of Salome," says Artistic Director Stampa. "However, this production is not feasible under the current hygiene regulations, as we cannot yet place a 'Richard Strauss-sized orchestra' with over 100 musicians in the orchestra pit."

Stampa would also like the November program to be seen as a means of supporting tourism in the Baden-Baden region. "We have put together truly exceptional weekends artistically, and I would be very happy if we could attract many guests to the city again."

Advance ticket sales for the Festspielhaus’s international November program will begin on October 5, 2020, subject to further protective measures relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Guests who have already purchased tickets for events in November 2020 will be informed individually in the coming days. They will receive priority reservation for the "corona" seating plan, in which safe distances can be maintained. In connection with this, all ticket holders will be offered new seats.

Further information and waiting list reservations:

www.festspielhaus.de/en – Tel. +49(0)7221 / 30 13 101


Photo that shows La Cenerentola Bartoli C Salzburger Festspiele Silvia Lelli.
Fri 06.11.20Sun 08.11.20 Cecilia Bartoli: La Cenerentola

Comic opera by G. Rossini - Semi-staged performance