Baden-Baden
Easter Festival I
From 24 March to 27 March 2024
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    The charm of Baden-Baden is irresistible ! Located in the heart of the Black Forest, this city is a wornderful gem of Germany. Its baths of Carcalla are amongst the most beautiful thermal baths in the world. Offering a beautiful boardwalk, the Lichtentaler Alle is another invitation to relaxation and peace. Those who enjoy casino games might want to go to the Kurhaus, legendary establishment that used to be patronized by celebrities like Marlène Dietrich.

     

    But there is also music in Baden-Baden. Son somptueux Festspielhaus est l’une des salles les plus prestigieuses du monde. The somptuous Festspielhaus is one of the most prestigious concerthall in the world. For the last couple of years, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra settles there at the start of spring. The program imagined this year by its chef Kirill Petrenko is more exceptional than ever : a symphonic concert with Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, a Wagner gala conducted by Petrenko himself and a dreamy Elektra staged and and carried by a vocal trio of anthology : Nina Stemme, Elza van den Heever, Michaela Schuster. Grandiose !

    De grands concerts en perspective !
    The program
    Berliner Philharmoniker, T. Sokhiev and J. Lisiecki
    March 24, 2024
    Gala Kirill Petrenko – R. Wagner
    March 25, 2024
    Elektra, by R. Strauss
    March 26, 2024
    Sunday 24 March - Baden-Baden

    At 6 p.m., at the Festspielhaus:

     

    BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER, T. SOKHIEV AND J. LISIECKI

     

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Tugan Sokhiev: Musical direction

    Jan Lisiecki: Piano

     

    – L. Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

    – A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major

     

    Ludwig van Beethoven was considered one of the greatest pianists of his time. Among his cycle of five concertos, the Concerto No. 3 occupies a privileged place: by its breadth, the beauty of its slow movement and its poetic power, it represents Beethoven’s first “great” concerto. After impressing the audience at the Festspielhaus in 2012, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has taken on this romantic masterpiece. The Symphony No. 7 also marks a starting point in Bruckner’s career. How many difficulties did the Austrian composer have to overcome in the musical world to triumph at the end of the 19th century! However, the first listeners of Symphony No. 7 immediately grasped the monumental breath of this grandiose work. The Adagio is authentic desert island music, which will be performed here by the luxurious Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

    Monday 25 March - Baden-Baden

    At 6 p.m., at the Festspielhaus:

     

    GALA KIRILL PETRENKO – RICHARD WAGNER

     

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko: Conductor

     

    Vida Miknevičiūtė: Sieglinde

    Brandon Jovanovich: Siegmund

    Kwangchul Youn: Hunding

     

    R. Wagner:

    – Tannhäuser: Prelude and scene from the Venusberg,

    – Die Walküre: First Act

     

    What if the famous Bayreuth Festival, dedicated to the music of Wagner, took place today in Baden-Baden? The German composer would certainly not have disagreed with the idea, as he enjoyed the spa town in the Black Forest. During this gala, Kirill Petrenko, the current music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to opera, having been director of the Munich Opera for a long time, with the 1st act of Wagner’s Die Walküre, led by Brandon Jovanovich’s imperial Siegmund. As a prelude to this great operatic moment, the scenes from Tannhäuser are another eagerly awaited event for Wagnerians.

    Tuesday 26 March - Baden-Baden

    At 6 p.m., at the Festspielhaus:

     

    ELEKTRA, by R. Strauss

     

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko: Conductor

    Philipp Stölzl : Director

     

    Nina Stemme: Electra

    Elza Van Den Heever: Chrysothemis

    Michaela Schuster:  Clytemnestra

    Johan Reuter: Orestes

    W. Ablinger-Sperrhacke: Aegisthus

     

    Awesome and terrifying Elektra! In his opera, Richard Strauss sketches the first steps towards avant-garde music and modern psychology. The premiere, on 25 January 1909, certainly shocked part of the public with its scenic and musical violence, but immediately met with a success that has never waned since. Because you never come out of the Elektra experience unscathed. The three female figures in the drama all respond to a psychological archetype and it is in the confrontation of these mythical personalities (Electra, Clytemnestra, Chrysothemis) that the essence of the opera is knotted. For this performance of Elektra directed by Philip Stölzl (a playwright renowned on the stages of Germany), the Baden-Baden Festival called on a real “dream team”: the legendary Nina Stemme in the title role, Michaela Schuster as Clytemnestra and Elza van den Heever as Chrysothemis. In the pit, Kirill Petrenko at the head of his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is an exceptional opera conductor.

    Hotel selection
    BELLE EPOQUE (****)

    The luxurious setting and hospitality of a superb renovated 19th century residence: the Belle Époque hotel will seduce you with its authenticity and calm. The service and comfort are impeccable.

    MAISON MESSMER (*****)

    The hotel remains a faithful guarantor of Baden-Baden’s great spa tradition. The spa and the impeccable service of the staff add to the exceptional standard of its rooms.

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    Angèle Voyen
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