Update October 29th

The latest information during the coronavirus pandemic

October 29, 2020

Comeback in the new year

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden to close until the end of 2020/restart 2021

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is working on a programmatic three-step plan: closure due to the uncertain situation in the Corona Pandemic until the end of 2020, comeback with new festival weekends in 2021 and return to the world stage with the Easter Festival and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Artistic director Benedikt Stampa says: "The closure of the German opera houses and concert halls in November 2020 unfortunately forces us to take a longer break. It is completely unclear what the situation will be like in December and how quickly we will be able to make a festival-worthy program possible again. Therefore, we would like to spare the audience and the artists further hectic rescheduling and replanning this year and have agreed upon the longer closure and the scenario for the reopening together with the board of directors of the Cultural Foundation Festspielhaus Baden-Baden".

The weekend concerts with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Ensembles will take place as planned with 500 visitors per event.

More information

October 19, 2020

New state regulation - events continue

The new state ordinance continues to permit events with up to 500 visitors if fixed seats are allocated for the entire duration of an event and a mouth-and-nose protection is worn in all public areas. The health authority has also approved the hygiene concept of the Festspielhaus. On this basis, we are planning the program as it is currently published until further notice.

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden supports the urgent need to wear a mouth-and-nose protection with its attestation test regulation. If a doctor's certificate exempting the audience from wearing a mouth-and-nose protection is available, the Festspielhaus expects a negative corona test, which must not be older than 48 hours.

October 15, 2020

A successful start

General Manager Benedikt Stampa draws a positive conclusion after the start of the season: "Artistically, it was wonderful, and the hygiene concept worked. I bow to the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier and pianist David Fray as well as to the audience and my team".

October 15, 2020

Box office occupied again

The box office in the foyer of the Festspielhaus is now occupied again: On weekdays, 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and always one hour before the performances begin.

October 7, 2020

The play mode starts again

This should also be recorded in the "Corona" ticker of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden: Tomorrow, October 8th, after almost seven months, the performance will start again and we are looking forward to the audience and the artists.

September 14, 2020

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is preparing for the reopening on October 8, 2020 with an extensive hygiene concept. The most important hygiene rules have already been sent to all ticket holders. The following is important for certificate holders with regard to the wearing of face masks:

Guests with a certificate of face mask exemption – if they in fact do not want to wear a mask – must present a negative coronavirus test result. This test result must not be older than 48 hours at moment of entry into the Festspielhaus. Guests with a certificate must thus always carry and present two documents: the certificate and the negative test result. These cannot be submitted in advance, but must be presented before entry and on site.

August 8, 2020

The Festspielhaus enters the 20202021 season

The program for the 2020–2021 season will begin on October 8 under new conditions with John Neumeier’s ballet Ghost Light. Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa presented the program up to November 1 today. The concert with the London Symphony Orchestra on September 20 and the family singing festival the following week are unable to take place. The Ticketing Service Center will be informing all ticket holders this week about the individual options. The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has developed a hygiene concept for events.

When issuing tickets for new programs, ticket holders are considered first before reservations and waiting lists are processed.

If tickets for the John Neumeier ballet Ghost Light (October 8–11) are still available, advance sales will start on August 26, 2020.Further information about the programs and tickets can be found on the page of the relevant event.

May 29, 2020

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden announces premature end to 2019–2020 season

Due to the protective measures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden will be prematurely ending its 2019–2020 season today (May 29, 2020). “On the basis of the current state edict, the program planned up to the end of July is no longer a possibility,” Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa explains his decision. “Protecting our audience, artists, and employees is for me the first priority. For this reason, our performances will continue to be on hold.” In addition, due to work hygiene requirements on stage and in the orchestra pit, large-scale orchestral concerts and opera performances are not yet allowed to resume; the Artistic Director continues: “It is thus with great regret that I am also forced to cancel the Summer Festival.”

The conditions under which international festivals can again take place at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden remain unclear. “On the economic side of things, at the moment we are very much hoping to receive the state subsidies we have applied for and are concerned, at both the human and artistic levels, for our artist friends throughout the world who are currently unable to travel or perform,” says Stampa.

In the coming days, the Festspielhaus will be writing all guests who have already purchased tickets for events up to July 26, 2020 and explaining the ticket exchange options as well as the voucher resolution recently passed by the German Bundestag concerning events canceled during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 18, 2020

2020 Whitsun Festival will not be taking place

As feared and expected, the 2020 Baden-Baden Whitsun Festival will unfortunately not be taking place. In the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the State of Baden-Württemberg has mandated the closing of theaters and concert halls up to June 4, 2020 for the time being.

As during the past weeks, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is wholeheartedly adhering to the instructions in the interest of protecting our audience and artists.

Though some theaters and festivals are beginning to offer programs again, even for a smaller-scale replacement program, Whitsun weekend would still be too early.

The question of when music can be presented again at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in the context of a public event remains to be discussed. As an international festival with many guest artists, this is difficult to foresee, and also needs to make sense artistically.

We will be writing to ticket holders in the coming days.

In order to help mitigate the costs already incurred for the privately-financed festival, we request that you please exchange your purchased tickets for tickets to events of the 2020–21 season.

An online form can be found here!

The greatest help in the current situation would be to donate the amount of your ticket – we would already like to take this opportunity to thank you very much in advance!

May 8, 2020

Will the Whitsun and Summer festivals be taking place?

Even if the first easing of coronavirus protective measures in Germany is currently being implemented, theaters and concert halls along with their audiences and artists must continue to be patient. The termination of the 2019–2020 seasons of all state theaters was directly mandated by the State of Baden-Württemberg. This can be the source of confusion and incomprehension as to why the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has currently not relinquished its program.

We are awaiting concrete information in the upcoming week about how private and non-profit cultural institutions in Baden-Württemberg will be able to proceed during the following weeks and months. As soon as the relevant edict of the State of Baden-Württemberg goes into effect, we will be able to make a definitive statement regarding the 2020 Whitsun and Summer festivals. We are expecting that these festivals will be unable to take place, but for legal reasons, must be able to refer to a relevant state edict as the basis for any cancellation. We thus ask for your continued patience.

Hygiene concept for possible resumption of performances in autumn 2020

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is currently examining hygiene concepts for a possible resumption of events in autumn 2020, for which our specialist departments have joined together in a task force. Independently of the decision regarding the program that could possibly be offered, the Festspielhaus would like to be prepared and able to present a corresponding security concept to the authorities.

May 4, 2020

Due to the protective measures in force during the coronavirus pandemic, events at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden may have to be canceled through to the summer. As soon as a concrete edict has been issued by the authorities, we will inform all our guests. Currently, tickets for upcoming events cannot be booked online or by telephone.

Previous news:

The 2020 Baden-Baden Easter Festival has been forced to cancel.

“Due to the general ban on events and closing of buildings and institutions until April 19, 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which was announced over the weekend (14.3.2020), it will be impossible go through with the festival,” says Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa. “We are now forced to cancel the 2020 Easter Festival along with all other concerts and events. I am very sad that all the preparations are now being called off. The final stage sets were already ready for Beethoven’s opera Fidelio.”

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden asks visitors who have already purchased Easter Festival tickets for their patience. “We will be contacting everyone as quickly as possible,” says Stampa.

The Festspielhaus is currently discussing plans with the Berliner Philharmoniker to hold an exclusive additional weekend of concerts this autumn. “I am very grateful to the orchestra and its chief conductor Kirill Petrenko for their continued commitment to Baden-Baden and for this possibility of offering their audiences a special event in a few months’ time.”

Updated: 3/15/2021