Bregenzer Festspiele 2020

Bregenzer Festspiele 2020

The Bregenzer Festspiele has announced its 2020 season, featuring a lineup of opera and vocal performances.  For four weeks in summer audiences can experience monumental open-air opera productions in an unknown intensity. Running from July 22, to August 23, 2020, the festival will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with a diverse and ambitious program.

About Bregenzer Festspiele

Voralberg  is a mountainous state in western Austria.and it’s capital is beautifully located at Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third largest lake. It offers a diverse cultural experience  coupled with a wide range of outdoor activities. The centerpiece of the 2000 year old city at the eastern shores of Lake Constance is the bulbous, Baroque Martinsturm (St. Martin’s Tower) located in the medieval center of town. In recent years, exceptional architects like Hans Hollein, Jean Nouvel and Peter Zumthor as well as the “Vorarlberger Baukünstler” group have played an important role in shaping the city’s appearance.

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Photo of Voralberg mountains by Daniel VILLAFRUELA.

Lake Constance also provides the setting for the annual Bregenzer Festspiele, a renowned summer music festival. The concerts are performed by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra on the vast, open-air floating stage at the edge of the lake. Each summer, in the middle of an enchanting landscape in the westernmost Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg, the Bregenz Festival presents high-calibre opera al fresco with the theatre on the lake. In addition, the festival attracts approximately 200,000 visitors to the border triangle between the Alps and Lake Constance with unforgettable debut opera performances and concertante treasures in the Festival House, unheard material as part of “Kunst aus der Zeit” at the studio theatre, as well as touching gems of operatic literature at the Theater am Kornmarkt in the months of July and August, with more than 80 performances in total.

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Lake Constance photo by Andreas Praefcke

 

The Bregenz Festival can be described as a success story that began in 1946, when it was founded. First competition of ideas for planning a Festival Hall occurred in 1955, although approval of the construction project happened not until 1974  and new construction of the Festspielhaus started in  1977/78. A long-cherished dream of the Festival management came true with the opening of the Festival and Congress Hall on  18th of July 1980, with its  first orchestra concert Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven (and a new Sea stage in 1979), according the design by Wilhelm Braun. The festival is simply an integral part of Bregenz. This view is shared by the many guests, who come specially for the opera performances and are then able to discover a great deal more, and the locals. Many also walk over the lake stage outside the summer months to admire the stage designs currently in construction, which are made suitable for the winter and, above all, then stand there in all their splendour.

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Bregenz Festspielhaus photo by Andreas Praefcke

Bregenz Festspielhaus photo by Andreas Praefcke

Bregenzer Festspiele 2020 Highlights.

Rigoletto

Rigoletto hates his job, his boss and his colleagues. He feels trapped by his disability. He can’t get over his wife’s death. The only things that keep him going are his love for his only child Gilda and his hate for the rest of the world. But how long can he keep his child safe in the poisoned world that he has helped to create? Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful  is a dark, knife-twisting tragedy. Verdi considered it his best opera.

Performance dates are as follows at Seebühne ( the floating stage)

23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st July 2020 all at 21.15h

2nd, 4th, 5th,  6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd August  all at 21.00h.

Nerone

Arrigo Boito spent more than a half-century writing this opera, poured his whole mind and heart into it. The work is a series of scenes from Imperial Rome at the time of Emperor Nero  Boito’s libretto is a remarkable piece of work that tantalizes at many philosophical and theatrical levels.  Directed by Olivier Tambosi.

Performance dates are as follows at the  Festspielhaus:

22nd July 2020 at 19.30h 26th July at 11.00h and 3rd August 2020 at 19.30h.

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Bregenz Festsielhaus photo by MatzeTrier

ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS featuring  the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Voralberg Symphony Orchestra.

Wiener Symphoniker – with Karina Karina Canellakis

Conductor Karina Canellakis
Siegfried Brandon Jovanovich
Wanderer Greer Grimsley
Erda Nadine Weissmann
Brünnhilde Ricarda Merbeth

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore-Overture No. 3
  • Richard Wagner Siegfried, third act

At Festpielhaus on 27 July 2020 at 19.30h

Wiener Symphoniker – with Enrique Mazzola

Conductor Enrique Mazzola
Mezzosoprano Annalisa Stroppa

  • Gioachino Rossini Ouverture to Armida  
  • Ľubica Čekovská Palingenia — Austrian premiere
  • Gioachino Rossini Giovanna d’Arco for mezzosoprano and orchestra
  • Ottorino Respighi Il tramonto for mezzosoprano and string orchestra, Feste romane

At Festspielhaus on 2 August 2020 at 11.00h

Wiener Symphoniker – with Philippe Jordan

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Philippe Jordan photo by Christian Michelides

Conductor Philippe Jordan
Piano Piotr Anderszewski

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 C major Op.15
  • Richard Strauss Don Juan Op. 20
  • Richard Strauss ​Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose), Suite Op. 59

At Festpielhaus on 10 August 2020 at 19.30h

Symphony Orchestra Voralberg – with Leo Mcfall

Conductor Leo McFall

Violin Paweł Zalejski
Cello Mathias Johansen
Oboe Viola Wilmsen
Bassoon Heidrun Wirth-Metzler 

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Ouverture to Egmont op. 84
  • Joseph Haydn Sinfonia concertante Hob. I:105
  • Thomas Larcher Symphonie No. 3 — Austrian premiere

At Festpielhaus on 23 August 2020 at 11.00h.

 

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Bregenz Festspielhaus photo by Edda Praefcke

In addition to the highlights above the festival  also features three shows at the Kornmarkt. The first is a new opera from composer Ľubica Čekovská titled Impresario Dotcom.  (24 & 25 July) It will be directed by Elisabeth Stöppler.The second programme at Kornmarkt is Beethoven goes Africa, a concert featuring theatre and puppetry. Bochabela String Orchestra & Friends will perform works by Soweto String Quartet, Mango Groove, Zuko Samela and of course Beethoven (30 July). Finally, the Kornmarkt programme is completed by Bregenz Opera Studio’s staging of Joseph Haydn’s Armida. ( 17 Aug). This is a really exciting and impressive programme to 2020!

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 Musikfestival Grafenegg  2020

 Musikfestival Grafenegg  2020

The Musikfestival Grafenegg offers  a most amazing historical backdrop for all of  musical masterpieces from past centuries. Since 2007, Grafenegg has presented a top-class programme of concerts as part of the Music Summer and Music Festival. Under the artistic direction of Rudolf Buchbinder, the world’s most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists come to perform on the Wolkenturm open-air stage and in the beautifully Gothic Auditorium concert hall. The highlight is the Musikfestival Grafenegg  which runs annually from mid-August until mid-September. To make this festival even more amazing, it is celebrating 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven!

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Grafenegg Schloss photo by Uoaei1

Grafenegg Festival will be held 20 Aug to 16 Sep 2020

Brief History of the Festival

The Grafenegg Festival, taking place annually in the beautiful Danube valley of Wachau is perhaps the most romantic setting for a festival imaginable. The castle of Schloss Grafenegg’s origins may be sixteenth-century, but it was the nineteenth-century that transformed it into what it is today.  The castle was reimagined and  built in the style of romantic historicism, surrounded by 32 hectares of revitalized landscaped gardens, is one of the most important buildings of the 19th century in AustriaThe castle itself is at the centre of the Grafenegg estate which has been home to the festival since 2007. As audiences have grown so has the festival, building the futuristic outdoor amphitheatre the Wolkenturm (“Cloud-Tower”), a new indoor auditorium, and converting the original stables into yet another concert-hall. Part of the festival’s appeal is the variety of its programme, reflecting the eclectic interests of the castle’s original founder in the breadth of the programming.

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Grafenegg Schloss photo by Uoaei1

Highlights from the 2020 Programme

Festival Opening

This is a star studded event to celebrate not only the opening of the festival but also Beethoven’s 250th birthday . The programme includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.  Also to include a world premiere especially commissioned by the festival by Konstantía Gourzí. Yutaka Sado conducts with Pretty Yende as soprano and Klaus Florian Vogt as tenor.   A truly magnificent opening event!

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Pretty Yende cropped photo by Neil Barry Moss

Date: 14 August 2020 at 19.30h.

Fidelio

Fidelio  tells the story of strong and courageous Leonore, who insinuates herself into a state prison disguised as a man by the name of Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan. Beethoven’s only opera was written over a ten-year period as a work in progress. It combines Singspiel elements with those of dramatic opera, and ends with a piece of music that not only lends prodigious expression to the idea of liberation, but also already anticipates the Ninth Symphony’s Ode to Joy. This production stars Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan.

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Jonas Kaufmann at La Scala 2015 photo by AmandaFitton

Date: 16 August 2020 at 19.30h

Rudolf Buchbinder and the St Petersburg Philharmonic

Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the  most legendary artists of our time. His piano playing is an unparalleled fusion of the authority of a career spanning more than sixty years with spirit and spontaneity. His renditions of Ludwig van Beethoven’s works are considered to be exemplary. And on this night you are in luck as he is preforming Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Piano in addition to work by Rachmaninoff.

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Rudolph Buchbinder photo by Franz Johann Morgenbesser

 

Date: 21 August 2020 at 19.30h

Sir Simon Rattle and The London Symphony Orchestra Parts I and II

Sir Simon Rattle really needs no introduction. He was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.For some years Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998.  He is also Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.In September 2002 Sir Simon became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he remained until June 2018. In September 2017, Simon took up the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. In this pairing with the London Symphony Orchestra for two performances playing Mahler, Wagner and Brahms the nights will be electric!

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Sir Simon Rattle photo by Monika Rittershaus / per OTRS

Dates 29, 30 August 2020 at 19.15h

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel is defined by his untiring advocacy of access to music for all. As a symphonic and operatic conductor, his music making on four continents continues to inspire audiences of all ages. Currently serving as Music Director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the impact of his musical leadership is felt internationally.  The fantastic programme includes works by Beethoven and Prokofiev.

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Gustavo Dudamel photo by Anyul Rivas

Date: 3 September 2020 at 19.00h.

Camilla Nylund and Helmut Deutsch

Ever since  her operatic debut in 1995, Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund has won acclaim in Europe’s great opera houses, including La Scala, Milan and the Vienna State Opera. Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric-dramatic sopranos. Helmut Deutsch, pianist and musicologist, is one of the most  internationally respected accompanists. He plays on the most prestigious stages

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Camilla Nylund photo by Markus Hoffmann, Köln

Date: 6 September 2020 at 11.00h.

We are exceptionally excited  about this extraordinary festival of Musikfestival Grafenegg 2020 and are sure that you will feel the same. Tickets will sell very quickly so be sure to contact us soon.

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Grafenegg Schloss photo by Uoaei1

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Munich Opera Festival 2020

Munich Opera Festival 2020

The Munich Opera Festival, founded in 1875, is really  like no other in the world. Several productions from the regular season return for a couple of added performances, featuring many of opera’s greatest stars. The fabulous 2020 season  officially runs from 21st June – 30th July  and there will be twelve operas performed in six weeks.   The official opening of the summer festival will be with Kirill Petrenko on 5th July with the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff but there are matinees and pre festival performances in the build up which will add the the excitement of the occasion.. Tickets are on sale from 1st February, so be sure to contact us soon.

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Outside the National Theatre photo by Schlaier

 

Brief History

Since its founding over  140 years ago, the Munich Opera Festival has lost nothing of its attraction: it is still a huge annual highlight and key destination for  the discerning opera goer.  When this wonderful  international festival(with the richest history of its kind ) begins again at the end of June 2019, opera lovers  from Munich, from Germany and from all over the globe will set out to share their enthusiasm for world class performance together.

In 1875 the Munich Opera Festival took place for the first time which can  nowadays can be viewed as one of the most important opera festivals worldwide. It is  now organised by the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet and offers more than 30 opera performances, evening song recitals, concerts and ballet productions in  truly splendid settings.

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Venues in Munich at which the performances of the Opera Festival takes place include the National Theatre , the Prinzregententheater, the Cuvilliés-Theater,the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche and other venues. Besides opera, concerts of chamber music are also given. The festival is formally opened each year with a choral concert performed as part of a full Roman Catholic church service at Michaelskirche. A festival highlight is Opera for All, the live transmission of a full-length production from the theatre to an outdoor audience seated at the Max-Joseph-Platz.

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Prinzregententheater photo by Bbb

2020 has a truly  fantastic line up of world class stars to tantalise and entertain you and here a just a few of the opera  highlights from this star studded festival!

2020 Festival Highlights

Castor et Pollux

In Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera  is based on Greek myth. Castor et Pollux is the story of brotherly and romantic love that brings its own heroic rescue of Castor from the Underworld, as Pollux encounters the devils and monsters that try to bar his way. Eventually both brothers are granted immortality, taking their place in the sky as the heavenly twins. The conductor is Ivor Bolton. At the Prinzregententheater.

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Ivor Bolton photo by Benno Hunziker, Sinfonieorchester Basel

Dates: 26, 28 (both 18.00h) 30 (18.30h) Jun 2020, 2 ( 18.30h) Jul 2020.

Judith: Concerto for Orchestra/ Bluebeard’s Castle

Bluebeard’s Castle, Béla Bartók’s only opera, tells the story of Judith and Bluebeard. Judith is infatuated with Bluebeard, happy to leave her family and finances for him. She brushes anxiety aside and declares impulsively that she will bring warmth, brightness and love to  Bluebeard’s castle. Through opening seven doors of the castle, Bluebeard reveals different sides of his personality until the final compelling door is opened and darkness descends! Concerto for Orchestra revisits themes from the opera. Nina Stemme stars as Judith and the conductor is Oksana Lyniv. At the Nationaltheater.

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Nina Stemme photo by Neda Navaee

Dates : 27(18.00h) 29 (19.00h) Jun 2020

I Masnadieri

Verdi’s I Masnadieri (The Bandits),  is a story about tragic love, feuding brothers, and a gang of young rebels indulging in the most horrible crimes. Musically rich and complex, this opera  deals with contemporary issues: young people’s rebelliousness, or Man’s difficulties in dealing with the vagaries of fate. The fabulous Diana Damrau stars and the conductor is Michele Mariotti. At the Nationaltheater.

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Diana Damrau photo by FA2010

Dates: 1, 4(both at 19.00h) Jul 2020.

Festival Gala of the Opera Studio 2020

This is a gala concert to celebrate the new decade. The programme for the evening is yet unannounced but the soloist is wonderful Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott  and the conductor is Andrea Battistoni. At Nationaltheater.

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Erwin Schrott photo y Manfred Werner (Tsui)

Date: 3 Jul 2020 at 19.00h.

Falstaff

In Verdi’s comic opera which is based on the Shakesperian character, Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all. General Music Director Kirill Petrenko is the conductor. At the Nationaltheater.

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Kirill Petrenk photo by A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace)

Dates: 5, 8, 11, 14 Jul 2020 all at 19.00h.

Tosca

Set in the period of the Napoleonic wars, Toscais based on true events which unfolded in Rome during a period of great turmoil. Puccini put his heart and soul into this story of political intrigue and doomed love. The three principal characters, Tosca, a famous singer, Cavaradossi, an artist and her lover, and Baron Scarpia, head of the secret police who is one of the most evil of operatic villains, are all finely drawn in Puccini’s sublime score. This production stars Sonya Yoncheva in the title role with Riccardo Massi and Erwin Schrott. The conductor is Marco Armiliato. At the Nationaltheater.

Dates: 7, 10 jul 2020 at 19.00h.

 

Otello

Verdi’s Otello is a grand  masterpiece, it  boils down Shakespeare’s play to its essentials and what it lacks in poetry it more than makes up for in music. Otello is based on Shakespeare’s play of 1603. Verdi pares down Shakespeare to four scenes cutting characters (no Brabantio or Bianca) and adding lovely operatic flourishes such as flower-ladies singing to Desdemona. He already had plenty to work with because with its malevolent evil, sexual jealousy, murder and suicide, Othello has all the ingredients of a music drama. Gregory Kunde portrays the title role with Anja Harteros as Desdemona. Adam Fischer conducts. At the Nationaltheater.

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Gregory Kunde photo by VitVit

Dates: 12, 15 Jul 2020 at 19.00h.

Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch

Another amazing concert night featuring the incredible smouldering German opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Austrian classical pianist, Helmut Deutsch. The programme is still to be confirmed. At the Nationaltheater.

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Jonas Kaufmann at La Scala 2015 photo by AmandaFitton

 

Date: 13 Jul 2020 at 20.00h.

Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias.  Russian baritone Igor Golovatenko stars in the title role and the conductor is Henrik Nánási. At the Nationaltheater.

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Igor Golovatenko photo by Ligo 23

Dates: 17, 20 Jul 2020 at 19.00h.

Nabucco

Verdi’s Nabucco could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old. Nabucco” is the story of the Assyrian King, Nebuchadnezzar, who came in 587 B.C. with his armies to desecrate Jerusalem, kill the Israelites, and destroy the Temple of Solomon. The most familiar theme from “Nabucco” is the chorus of the Hebrew slaves at the end of Part IV, “Va, Pensiero” – Go Thoughts, or Hasten Thoughts. The inimitable Plácido Domingo stars in the title role and Paolo Carignani conducts. At the Nationaltheater.

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Plácido Domingo photo by ProtoplasmaKid

Dates: 27, 30 Jul 2020 at 19.00h.

What a truly wonderful season at the Munich Opera Festival!

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Andrea Bocelli at Teatro Del Silenzio 2020

Andrea Bocelli at Teatro Del Silenzio 2020

Save the dates for the  fantastical and amazing 15th Andrea Bocelli Foundation and Teatro del Silenzio fabulous musical collaboration.  The theme in 2020 is Il Mistero della Bellezza‘ or ‘The Mystery of Beauty’. These nights are truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Friday 24th July and Sunday 26th July 2020 at 20.30pm!

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Andrea Bocelli photo by InfoGibraltar

If you are a fan of exceptional music (especially opera) and you love the outdoors, Il Teatro Del Silenzio is a  total dream come true place for you to visit. The Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence) is an Italian open air amphitheatre which is located in Lajatico, Tuscany.  There is  one  specific time of year when this Teatro really comes alive when the sounds of music, laughter and sometimes drama fill the air. This is  when  Andrea Bocelli performs in his home town!

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Teatro Del Silenzio photo by Wwikiwalter

 

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Angel Bocelli was born on September 22, 1958 in Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. As a child, he learned to play the piano, flute and saxophone. Visually impaired from birth, Bocelli became blind at the age of 12 following a football injury. His big break came when a demo tape landed in the hands of Luciano Pavarotti. His 1995 album Bocelli did really  well in Europe and 1999’s Sogno became an international hit. Bocelli cemented his status as an international singing sensation. The hit record included a duet with Celine Dion. He has performed with great singers form all musical genres  as Jennifer Lopez , Nelly Furtado and  Placido Domingo He remains one of the world’s most popular tenors (and indeed singers in any category) today.

Teatro del Silenzio 2020

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Teatro Del Silenzio photo by Wwikiwalter

The Teatro del Silenzio (Theatre of Silence) is an open air amphitheatre located in a stunning position near tenor Andrea Bocelli’s home town of Lajatico in Tuscany. The venue was created at Bocelli’s suggestion when in 2006, he persuaded the local government to build an outdoor theatre in the peaceful, rolling hills of his home town. Now, in July of every year the venue  typically hosts this performance, while for the rest of the year it lives up to its name and the stage area is transformed into a lake with a central platform where a series of sculptures have been exhibited. Year after year sees demand outstrip supply for this legendary event, so early booking is always recommended. This is an exclusive event, that every year comes alive in the wonderful scenery of Lajatico, birthplace of the Maestro, in the province of Pisa. This is a truly incredible experience and one we are pleased to be able to offer tickets for.

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Andrea Bocelli photo by InfoGibraltar

Once again, it will be music  (and in particular the voice of the most beloved tenor in the world) which will create magic and bestow the spectators with a truly unique and individual experience beneath the Tuscan stars. The fifteenth edition of the Teatro del Silenzio concert-event will feature a breathtaking  array of acoustic and visual art and will be an emotive performance  dedicated to beauty in all of it’s aspects – its ethical significance and its redeeming power.

Friday July 24th and Sunday 26th July  2020 promise to be a wonderfully engaging journey into the power of the emotive voice of one of the most popular opera singers of our time! As in previous years, Bocelliat Teatro del Silenzio, will be joined by several artists, who will perform throughout the concert and give life to a wonderful show, with sumptuous sets and a talented cast – truly a performance one will never forget. The magical atmosphere of this natural theatre, that was built for Bocelli and his yearly concert, will make the experience even more unforgettable. This will be a totally unique show that for the very first time is to be  recorded in it’s entirety by the world’s television cameras.  An amazing piece of operatic history awaits you……

The programme for these wonderful nights is as yet to be announced and we will update you as soon as details are released.  For once once again, in the enchanting scenery of Lajatico in the Tuscan hills, you can live the unique experience of listening to the voice of Maestro Andrea Bocelli live in the surroundings where he was born and raised.

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Teatro Del Silenzio in 2017 photo by Sergio Melis
If you’re a Bocelli fan or just want a bucket list experience make plans early, buy good tickets, this is a completely unique experience and one that you will never forget. Remember, this theatre only hosts  the event once every summer, while remaining silent the rest of the year, which in itself insures the amazing appeal of this event. Despite  the  large capacity of the venue the concert is a much sought after event, and draws people from all over the world, so make sure you get hold of your Teatro del Silenzio tickets as soon as you can!
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Festspielhaus Baden Baden 2020

Festspielhaus Baden Baden 2020

The subject of this week’s blog is one of the largest classical music venues in Europe. Baden Baden Festspielhaus  is one of the most renowned opera houses in the world, the finest singers in the world have performed here over the last 100 years. The venue is a beautiful building in it’s own right and concerts here are extremely sought after. The  Easter, Whitsun and Summer festivals are particularly splendid and star studded in 2020!

Brief History

Located at the foothills of the Black Forest in the south-west of Germany, BadenBaden’s history dates back to its founding by the Romans. Known as the “Summer Capital of Europe”, BadenBaden  ( named after Count Baden) combines Mediterranean flair with the elegance of the Belle Epoque and the cosmopolitanism of a major city.  BadenBaden today is famous worldwide as a spa town with a cultural tradition and a top-class reputation for healthcare. Glittering festivals and unrivalled elegance make it a byword for exclusivity, elegance and luxury living. BadenBaden excels in everything it does, whether it is cures or culture.

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The “Festspielhaus”, Europe’s second largest opera house and concert hall, is a cultural treat. It is famed for its unique acoustics and the top events that it hosts all year round, with the brightest stars of the classical music world, who bring out something new in even the best-known works. The opera hall, which seats 2,500 people, was originally made from the tracks from a railway station in 1904. This neo-classical structure has been extensively restored, and is now the entrance to the “Festspielhaus”. The Viennese architect, Wilhelm Holzbauer, redesigned the stage area in the mid-90’s to give a very bright foyer, and the ideal values for the acoustics of the hall were calculated by the renowned Munich physicist, Karlheinz Müller. The impressive stage area is state-of-the-art, and it is a prized venue for opera and ballet.

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The Festspielhaus BadenBaden season begins in September and runs until late July of the following year. Festival phases are opened by premieres of newly staged operas. Currently this takes place at the Easter Festival featuring the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (which took place in Salzburg from 1967 to 2012), at the Whitsun Festival and at the Summer Festival.  We are listing the three festivals programmes  with a focus on the world famous conductors, in this blog but there are many more amazing performances throughout the year which merit a separate blog.

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Easter Festival ( 4th – 13th April)

With the BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER

FIDELIO by Beethoven. Conducted by Kirill Petrenko. 4, 7, 13, ( all at 18.00h) Apr 2020.

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Kirill Petrenko photo by A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace)

TUGAN SOKHIEV.  Conducting works by Beethoven, Medelssohn & Mussorgski. 5 Apr 2020 at 18.00h.

SIMPLICIUS SIMPLICISSIMUS by Hartman. Conductor TBC. 6(15.30h) 9(20.30h) 11(15.30h) Apr 2020.

KIRILL PETRENKO. Conducting works by Mahler and Beethoven.  With Hanna- Elisabeth Müller. 6, 10 ( both at 18.00h) Apr 2020.

YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN. Conducting work by Mahler. With Elīna Garanča. 11 Apr 2020 at 18.00h.

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HERBERT BLOMSTEDT. Conducting works by Mozart & Bruckner . 12 Apr 2020 at 18.00h.

KIRILL PETRENKO UND DABUNDESJUGENDORCHESTER.  With work by Beethoven. 13 Apr 2020 at 11.00h.

Whitsun Festival ( 28th May – 1st June )

All performances at 20.00h or 15.00(m) unless otherwise stated.

TEODOR CURRENTZIS IV. Conducting works by Fauré & Mahler. 28 May 2020.

EINE NACHT IM MUSEUM with the Vision String Quartet. Playing work by DEnisov, Bacewicz & Brahms. 29 May 2020.

TEODOR CURRENTZIS V. Conducting work by Shostakovich. 30 May 2020 at 18.00h.

 

KIT ARMSTRONG –MUSIKER DES SWR SYMPHONIEORCHESTERS. Conducting works by Shostakovich & Brahms. 31 May 2020 at 11.00h.

TEODOR CURRENTZIS VI. Verdi: Messa da Requiem. 31 May 2020 at 18.00h.

ANTOINE TAMESTIT. Conducting work by Brahms. 1 Jun 2020 at 18.00h.

 

Summer Festival ( 3rd – 26th July)

All performances at 20.00h or 15.00(m) unless otherwise stated.

ANDRIS NELSONS. Conducting work by Bruckner. 3 Jul 2020.

PABLO FERRÁNDEZ. Conducting works by Beethoven, García-Abril & Rachmaninov. 4 Jul 2020 at 11.00h.

ANDRIS NELSONS.  Conducting work by Bach.With Christina Landshamer. 4 Jul 2020 at 18.00h.

BADEN-BADEN-GALA 2020. Conducted by Andris Nelsons. With works by Strauss & Léhar. With Olga Peretyatko 5 Jul 2020 at 17.00h.

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EINE NACHT IM MUSEUM. With Vanessa Porter on percussion. 9 Jul 2020 at 21.00h.

NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER. Choreographed by Paul Lightfoot & Sol Léon,Crystal Pite &Marco Goecke. 10, 11(18.00h) 12(17.00h) Jul 2020.

JOÃO BARRADAS UND BAND – A night of Jazz. 18 Jul 2020 at 19.00h.

ATTILA by Verdi. Conducted by Valery Gergiev. With Ildar Abdrazakov. 23 Jul 2020 at 19.00h.

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VALERY GERGIEV with the Mariinsky Orchestra. With pieces by Strauss & Bruckner. 24, 25(18.00h) Jul 2020.

IL TROVATORE by Verdi. Conducted by Valery Gergiev. With Tatiana Serjan. 26 Jul 2020 at 17.00h.

 

We think that  the three festivals at 2020 at Baden Baden Festspielhaus  are really  rather special and we are sure that you will agree!

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Juan Diego Flórez  – 2020 Schedule.

Juan Diego Flórez  – 2020 Schedule.

The subject of this week’s blog is an exceptional virtuoso with an immaculate technique,  who is unsurpassed on the operatic stage and as one of the great voices of the 21st century!

The incredible Peruvian Juan Diego Flórez is one of the best light tenors in the world right now, possessing an extraordinary vocal quality and an incredible ability for the colaratura . He is extremely popular playing in comic operas owing to his ability to appear detached whilst expressive both in vocal tone and dramatic gesture. He is perfect for the operas of or the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini to name but a few.

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Born on 13 January 1973 in Lima, Peru, Juan Diego Flórez studied popular music before accidentally turning to opera.  His father was a Peruvian folk musician. Flórez‘ capacities and his voice opened the doors of the Conservatorio Nacional of Musica de Lima in 1990, then those of the Coro Nacional de Lima. From 1993 to 1996, he studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

At the age of 23 in 1996, he made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival, performing the composer’s main role as Matilde di Shabran. The tenor followed the tour of prestigious venues: Teatro alla Scala from Milan in Gideon’s Armida in 1996, Royal Opera House in London in a Donizetti opera, Otto Mesi Due Ore , Wiener Staatsoper in 1999, New Metropolitan Opera York in 2002. This was just the beginning of a most illustrious career that has lead to Flórez becoming one of the most desired and demanded voices by all of the main opera houses in the world.

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Juan Diego has received a number of awards, including the Rossini d’Oro, the Abbiati Prize given by the Italian Association of Music Critics, the Tiberini d’Oro, the ISO de Oro, the Opera Award and the Aureliano Pertile, Bellini, Francesco Tamagno and Plácido Domingo Awards.In addition to this, alongside the Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, he has established the Symphony For Peru which promotes the classical education an well being of children and young people on Peru. Details are here:

http://www.sinfoniaporelperu.org/

Jan Diego Flórez is touring and performing extensively  in 2020, here is his schedule.

2020 Schedule

Concert -Viva Verdi!. With Michael Balke conducting. Großer Saal Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. 13th Jan 2020 at 20.00h.

Concert – Viva Verdi!. With Michael Balke conducting the Baden-Baden Philharmonie.  Konzertsaal ( KKL) Lucerne. 21st Jan 2020 at 19.30h.

Festkonzert. With Cécile Restier on piano.  Restier studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris in piano classes, Lieder and collaborator teacher, graduating with honors in 2001.

Congress Graz Stefaniensaal. 24th Jan 2020 at 19.30h.

Concert – Viva Verdi! With Michael Balke conducting the Baden-Baden Philharmonie. Großer Saal Frankfurt Alte Oper. 26th Jan 2020 at 20.00h.

Recital – Viva Verdi!. With Cécile Restier on piano. Konzerthaus Dortmund. 31st Jan 2020 at 20.00h.

La Bohème by Puccini.

Paris, 1840. On a snowy Christmas Eve, a starry-eyed poet meets a poor dress-maker over candlelight, and instantly falls in love. At first the good times roll. But will their happiness last, or does the bohemian lifestyle come at a price? With some of the most memorable music in opera, a night at La Bohème will lift every bodies’ soul and break every heart. Flórez stars as Rodolfo.

Opernhaus Zürich. 8th (19.00h) 12th( 19.30h) 18th ( 19.00h) 22nd(20.00h) 25th(19.00h) and 29th ( 14.00h) March 2020.

Guillaume Tell by Rossini

When, in 1829, Guillaume Tell had its première, at the Paris Opéra, the composer was thirty-seven; he had written some forty operas and attained wealth and fame – this was his final opera. This political yet romantic opera is a work of genius! Flórez stars as Arnold. Conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Wiener Staatsoper. 30th April 2020, 3rd, 7th, 10th May 2020.

Concert. With Vincenzo Scalera on piano. Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid .18th May 2020 at 19.30h.

Concert.  With Jader Bignamini conducting. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. 21st May 2020 at 20.00h.

Concert.   A special performance at the festival with reference to South American music.   Grafenegg Wolkenturm, Austria. 25th July 2020 at 20.00h.

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Anna Netrebko – 2020 Schedule

Anna Netrebko – 2020 Schedule
Every now and then, someone really special comes along in the world of opera  and the subject of this week’s blog is one of those people.The reigning prima donna of the 21st century, soprano Anna Netrebko redefines what it means to be an opera star. She  is now, without question, Europe’s biggest classical female singer, regularly headlining  major productions at all of the  leading opera houses across the globe, and was the first classical musician to be chosen as one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people, which is no mean feat!. With her distinctively beautiful voice, abundant charisma, and arresting stage presence, she makes an indelible impression with each of the roles she portrays. An iconic figure both on and off the stage, the Russian soprano enjoys a level of superstardom that extends far beyond the classical realm.

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Born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia, Anna Netrebko studied vocal performance at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Under  the guidance of her mentor conductor Valery Gergiev, Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky at age 22, as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and has subsequently mastered all of the great roles  that were once synonymous with a specific style of operatic diva  – Mimi, Violetta, Lucia, Manon , Lady Macbeth- and she has made them her own. She insists that it is important for her to strike a balance between light and heavy roles, and she also says she believes in taking on parts that are a little more demanding than she’s comfortable with. She says  “When I am on stage, I give everything. Maybe because of that, I won’t last long, but I don’t care.”

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It’s no secret that  Anna Netrebko is one of opera’s true box office draws: Her performances are almost alway sell outs and her recent CD, Verismo, reveals she is more than just a star; her performances of arias and scenes from Italian opera highlight an artistry that is both subtle and thrilling.

2020 is a busy and exciting year for this amazing diva and her husband. Netrebko married Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov in 2015 with a wedding at Vienna’s  Palais Coburg every bit as sumptuous as one would expect from this wold class star Over 2020 this incredible couple perform several times together –  the up coming season promises more breathtaking performances from this operatic power house!

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Yusif Eyvazov photo by Christian Michelides

2020 Scheduled Performance Dates

New Years Eve Puccini Gala Concert at The Metropolitan Opera, New York. 31st     December 2019 at 17.30hr.

Turandot by Puccini. Barvarian State Opera, Munich. 28th, 31st January 2020, 3rd February 2020 at 19.00h.

An Evening of Italian Opera. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Großer Saal Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna. 19th February 2020 at 19.30h.

An Evening of Italian Opera. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Großer Saal Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. 25th February 2020 at 20.00h.

An Evening of Italian Opera. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. 28th February 2020 at 20.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov.  Großer Saal Philharmonie Berlin. 2nd March 2020 at 20.00h.

Tosca by Puccini.  With Michael Volle. The Metropolitan Opera, New York. 26th(19.30h) 29th (14.00h) March 2020, 2nd(19.30h) 5th ( 15.00h) April 2020

Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Opéra Bastille, Paris. 27th, 30th April 2020(19.30h), 3rd (14.30h) 6th, 9th, 12th(all at 19.30h) May 2020.

Don Carlo  by Verdi.  With Ildar Abdrazakov. Semperoper Dresden. 23rd( 18.00h) 26th, 29th (both 19..00h) May 2020.

Recital With Elena Bashkirova. Opera National de Bordeaux. 5th June 2020 at 20.00h.

Recital With Elena Bashkirova. Wiener Staatsoper Vienna. 12th June at 20.00h.

Tosca by Puccini. With Bryn Terfel. Royal Opera House, London. 6th, 9th (both at 19.30h) 12th (15.00h) 15 ( 9.30h) June 2020.

The Stars of Opera.  With Yusif Eyvazov. Arena Di Verona. 23rd July 2020 at 21.15h.

Tosca by Puccini. With Yusif Eyvazov.  Großer Festspielhaus Salzburg. 2nd( 19.00h) 5th(19.30h) 8th(15.00h) 13th ( 20.30h) August 2020.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov. Event Hall Voronezh. 27th October 2020 at 19.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov. Jupiter Hall Nizhny-Novgorod. 30th October 2020 at 19.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov.  Samara Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre. 1st November 2020 at 18.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov. Philharmonic Concert Hall Krasnoyarsk. 4th November 2020 at 19.00h.

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Anna Netrebko’s beautiful, dark and distinctive sound, coupled with her elegant and alluring stage presence have won her both popular and critical acclaim worldwide.

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Please note, that owing to the immense popularity of this fantastic performer of the opera world, some of these tickets  may be difficult to get hold of.

 

For more information  about this incredible opera singer and to book tickets for any of these performances, please do not hesitate to  contact us:
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