Mighty rivers

The 2016/2017 season at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden to offer more than just Rhinegold

Not least because of Sir Simon Rattle’s magnificent Tristan in 2016, Wagner friends have included the Festival Hall Baden-Baden as an indispensable stopover on their travels. During the 2016/2017 season, German conductor and original sound expert Thomas Hengelbrock will be interpreting a concert version of Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold (June 3, 2017, 6:00 P.M.), as part of the 2017 Whitsun Festival, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and such renowned singers as Michael Volle (Wotan) and Daniel Behle (Loge). Though apart from this, Wagner will feature less on Baden-Baden’s 2016/2017 program, this doesn’t mean his works have any less importance at the Festival Hall; it’s at most a short “breather” before the large-scale Parsifal project with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker planned for the 2018 Easter Festival. But the next season will be anything but tranquil here on the river Oos, which flows into the Rhine just a few kilometers from Baden-Baden. Rome’s river Tiber will be the focal point when Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker interpret Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca at the 2017 Easter Festival (April 7, 10, 13, and 17). The title roles will be sung by Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Àlvarez (Mario Cavaradossi), and Evgeny Nikitin (Scarpia).

Italian opera sets the tone in Baden-Baden

Autumn 2016 will also feature a great Italian opera in Baden-Baden. Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma will make the voyage from Salzburg to Baden-Baden, where we’ll be hearing the interpretation of conductor Diego Fasoli and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. The staged performances on November 10 and 12, 2016 (direction: Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser) will be set in early 1950s Italy and have already been celebrated in Salzburg, Zürich, and Monte Carlo.

How to conclude a season that started with such flair? The answer: with even more opera stars, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito (July 6 and 9, 2017). Rolando Villazón, Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, and Regula Mühlemann will be some of the featured performers under the baton of the Met’s new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

So a mighty musical river will be flowing through Baden-Baden in the coming months. With its renowned hot springs and many other amenities, the city on the edge of the Black Forest is well worth a visit at any time of year. The Festival Hall Baden-Baden is also looking forward to welcoming its guests from September till July, so the musical river never runs dry.

Silver and gold travel packages

Anyone travelling to Baden-Baden to enjoy opera, concerts, or world-class ballet performances can also book special travel packages directly through the Festival Hall Baden-Baden. The Silver Package includes accommodation and breakfast in a selected hotel as well as a glass of sparkling wine, program book, and cloakroom service for the Festival Hall event. A ticket to the Frieder Burda Museum is also part of the package. The Golden Package includes, in addition to the above, a three-course set meal at the Festival Hall Restaurant “Aida” as well as a reserved seat at the introductory event (in German) and intermission beverage.

Photo: G. Glücklich