Blossoming with new variety

Artistic Director Benedikt Stampa is looking forward to the Festspielhaus year 2022

Photo that shows Benedikt Stampa © Kiran West. © Kiran West
© Kiran West

Dear Sir or Madam, dear Festspielhaus fans,

I have rarely been more eager to look toward the future than the past. We can’t wait to bring you an unforgettable festival year in 2022 and celebrate music once again where it sounds best: in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. We’re making every effort so that the first festival with Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker can finally take place at Easter: with Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades we’ll be bringing in a world-class cast and signaling a new era. The preliminary rehearsals have already recently begun and the sense of excitement and anticipation is growing palpably before the Easter Festival. Whether it’s The Queen of Spades, a concert performance of the opera fairy tale Iolanta with Sonya Yoncheva, or the exceptional symphony and chamber concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker: be sure to get your tickets now and bring bright thoughts of Easter into the darkness of winter.

We'll be dedicating the first festival of the New Year to the younger generation. “Takeover” from February 4 to 6 will usher in a new era at the Festspielhaus. Over three days, young adults will have the opportunity to explore the essence of a festival with exceptional artists, get closer to art than ever before, and have a great deal of fun in the process. The Festspielhaus will be "conquered" by young people, so let's give them the keys to the future together!

And when summer arrives in the Black Forest, it will be music that blooms most beautifully of all. Our new Whitsun Festival with the SWR Symphonieorchester, the Romantic summer festival “La Capitale d’Été” with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and symphonies and piano concertos by Johannes Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann as well as the French composer Louise Farranc already offer plenty of reason for a short vacation or a relaxing time in the Black Forest to the accompaniment of music.

There are many reasons to make multiple visits to the Festspielhaus in 2022. Combined with a stay in Baden-Baden, which has recently been declared a World Heritage Site, you'll get to enjoy a "summer escape" in the best sense of the word, all the way into autumn. The forests, culinary offerings, and culture at the highest level combine for a celebration of life - which would be a perfect way of describing the new dance festival "The World of John Neumeier" in October and the Autumn Festival "La Grande Gare". After all, Baden-Baden’s former “Princely Railway Station” still serves today as the entrance to Germany's largest opera house and concert hall, on whose “platform” Thomas Hengelbrock and Teodor Currentzis will set out for two very different European opera destinations with Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

A “Russian Winter” featuring opera and ballet from the Mariinsky Theater will round out the near future in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Now you’ll certainly understand why I’m so looking forward to the New Year. Be there and relax with us in the most enjoyable way: with music and dance in the company of like-minded people who love experiencing culture together.

Yours truly,

Benedikt Stampa

Artistic Director, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Updated: 12/31/2021