The power of opera
Only standing room tickets still available for Baden-Baden Gala 2016
A midsummer night filled with opera – most music lovers can hardly imagine anything more beautiful. And this dream will become a reality at the Baden-Baden Gala 2016 with its star-studded cast. On July 22 and 24, 2016, Elīna Garanča, Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, and Bryn Terfel will be taking us on a long journey, exploring some of the most remarkable operas and combining all the features of this supreme musical genre in a single concert: beauty, magical sound, tragedy, and overflowing passion.
The program has now been made public and will include many treasures of the operatic literature – George Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, and the Verdi operas Otello and Don Carlos.
Four of today’s most sought-after opera soloists will be interpreting arias, duets, and ensembles from these operas, under the baton of Italian conductor Marco Armiliato accompanied by the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe.
Broadcasters ZDF and 3sat will be airing the concert live with time delay on July 24, 2016 (ZDF) and videotaped on July 30, 2016 (3sat), under the title “Music on a midsummer night.”
With the exception of standing room tickets, both concerts at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden are sold out. On each of the two days, the standing room ticket office will open two hours before the concert begins. On July 22, 2016 the concert will start at 7:00 P.M., and the ticket office will open at 5:00 P.M. On July 24, 2016 the evening will begin at 6:00 P.M., with the ticket office opening at 4:00 P.M.
Jonas Kaufmann, who will be giving his German debut as Siegmund in Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre shortly before the Baden-Baden gala, will be featuring in a duet from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and, together with Elīna Garanča, will also be interpreting the entire first scene from the verismo opera Adriana Lecouvreur. In addition, the tenor will be joining with Anja Harteros in the love duet from the opera Otello, and will be heard as Cavaradossi in Tosca as well.
Elīna Garanča, who has already celebrated many successful appearances in Baden-Baden, will be singing the aria “Plus grand dans son obscurité” from the rarely-heard opera The Queen of Sheba, among other solos. Soprano Anja Harteros, who was heard most recently in Baden-Baden as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, will join Bryn Terfel and Elīna Garanča in singing arias from Verdi’s Don Carlos, offering us another musical calling card in the role of Floria Tosca. Welsh bass Bryn Terfel will provide the vocal foundation for the world-class quartet, appearing for the very first time alongside the three other stars. We can’t help remembering the Baden-Baden Gala 2007, when Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Ramon Vargas, and Ludovic Tezier set standards in a concert that would become a worldwide television event.
Photo: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Music