ready for restart

program outlook until summer

Photo that shows Yannick Nézet Séguin In Baden Baden Bei Proben @ Julia Wesely 20X30Cm 2184. © Yannick Nézet Séguin In Baden Baden Bei Proben @ Julia Wesely
© Yannick Nézet Séguin In Baden Baden Bei Proben @ Julia Wesely

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is planning to restart performances and, together with its artistic partners, will be adjusting all plans up to the end of the 2020/2021 season. The program will be extended until August 2021, and the Whitsun and Summer Festivals will have new thematic focuses.

"We have to adapt to the current pandemic situation as late as possible and as early as necessary, and we are very happy that all our artists are enthusiastically cooperating with us here," says Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa.

Decision about the Easter Festival in early March

A decision on the form in which the Easter Festival program with the Berliner Philharmoniker can take place should be made by the beginning of March. “Subject as it is to particularly high demands, planning an international opera production under the current hygiene and travel regulations is one of the most difficult tasks in our field,” says Stampa. In consideration of this, the Festspielhaus is currently holding discussions at all levels. “I would like to thank the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko, and all participating artists for their great patience and flexibility during the current planning. We are not giving up the dream of this festival, and are asking our audience and all our partners for a few more days to think and plan.”


New Beethoven project with John Neumeier – the complete symphonies in July

For the Whitsun Festival (May 13–24, 2021), the Hamburg Ballet and the SWR Symphonieorchester are planning to present John Neumeier's Beethoven project II in Baden-Baden. The choreography is based on works by Ludwig van Beethoven: a violin sonata, passages from the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives, and the Seventh Symphony. The world premiere of the work is planned for April in Hamburg.


New series with the music director of the MET

The music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will be conducting all of Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonies in Baden-Baden at the beginning of July 2021. This cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) will mark the beginning of a new collaboration with Nézét-Séguin in the years to come. "Yannick Nézet-Séguin's last concert before the coronavirus break in Europe was in Baden-Baden, and now his first concert after this pause will probably also take place in Baden-Baden," says Benedikt Stampa.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of its founding this year, recorded a now legendary Beethoven cycle under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt thirty years ago. “Deutsche Grammophon will record and release the new Baden-Baden cycle with the COE and Yannick Nézét-Séguin, as Baden-Baden once again lives up to its reputation as a city of music and media," says Stampa.


Live stream with the backdrop of Baden-Baden park scenery

The development of the pandemic permitting, the Mariinsky Theater will also once again be a guest in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden his summer. “We are holding fast to our plans to present Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca, and we are also planning to broadcast one of the performances as a free live stream in the Kurpark or in the Lichtentaler Allee, so that we can welcome the opera back to Baden-Baden with as many people as possible,” says Benedikt Stampa. The planned date for this Italian opera celebration is Sunday, July 25, 2021.


Support for hotels and restaurants

In addition, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden will offer events for the first time in August. “We haven't quite finalized this summer program yet. It is important, however, that we want to support the hotel and restaurant industry in the summer,” says the artistic director.


Collaboration with the Brahms Days

Stampa is seeking to further develop the festival city of Baden-Baden, underscored this year by a cooperation with the Brahms Days 2021: “We will be presenting a major concert with the Münchner Philharmoniker, pianist Igor Levit, and conductor Valery Gergiev as part of the Brahms Days 2021. At the same time, we will be supporting the Brahms Society in marketing their festival and will also be making the Festspielhaus available for a further concert." Stampa hopes to announce the rest of the program for autumn 2021 in the summer. "We are already in concrete discussions with many artists, and very much hope that by then we will be able to welcome an international audience again. The pandemic has taught us to be more flexible in our planning."


Advance ticket sales in six-week window of time

Until further notice, advance ticket sales for the new programs will always start within a six-week window of time. Guests who have already purchased tickets for events from April 2021 onwards will receive offers for ticket refunds and priority ticket purchase sufficiently early before the start of new advance ticket sales.

Updated: 2/22/2021