Programa del Festival de Pascua de Baden-Baden
Entre el 13 y el 22 de abril tendrá lugar la edición 2019 del Festival de Pascua de Baden-Baden. Otello de Verdi, en producción de Robert Wilson y dirección musical de Zubin Mehta, será la ópera central de las tres que se presentan, junto a cuatro importantes conciertos sinfónicos. Como es habitual, la Filarmónica de Berlín será la orquesta residente, y además algunos de sus miembros formaran parte de grupos de cámara que ofrecerán un total de catorce conciertos, no sólo en Baden-Baden, sino también en localidades cercanas como Rastatt y Bühl. Dos de las óperas serán estrenos mundiales: Clara de Victoria Bond, que conmemora el aniversario de Clara Schumann (1819-1896), y la ópera infantil The Little Fellow and Otello, con libreto de Tiina Hartmann y música de Aurelién Bello basada en motivos del Otello de Verdi.
Verdi's Otello with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello will be the centerpiece of the seventh Easter Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden. From April 13 to 22, the orchestra will be presenting four opera performances and four major concerts. In addition, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform in fifteen chamber concerts at several locations throughout Baden-Baden, Rastatt, and Bühl. In the Theater Baden-Baden, no fewer than two operas will celebrate their premieres at the Easter Festival: just in time for Clara Schumann’s anniversary year, the curtain will rise for the first time on Victoria Bond’s opera Clara. Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy will be heard from the orchestra pit. Children can look forward to the musical story The Little Fellow and Otello, with a libretto by Tiina Hartmann and music composed by Aurelién Bello based on motifs from Verdi's opera Otello.
Festival Hall Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser is looking forward to the seventh edition of the Easter Festival at Germany's largest opera house: "It is truly fantastic to be able to undertake this artistic journey with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the seventh time. We wouldn’t have dreamed of this at the beginning." The general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Andrea Zietzschmann empazises: “The Easter Festival in Baden-Baden has been a very important cornerstone of our season planning for seven years. From the very beginning we have had the opportunity to implement every facet of our musical ideas here, thanks to Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser and his team. This year we are particularly grateful to Zubin Mehta, who was able to step in at short notice to conduct Otello and has enjoyed a close artistic relationship with the orchestra since 1961.”
The new production of Otello is the work of American director Robert Wilson. "All of his productions are to some extent stylized and offer viewers plenty of room for their own associations and interpretations," says Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, who will be welcoming the eminent director to Baden-Baden for the fourth time. After his Aida and Threepenny Opera, Wilson presented a new production of Carl Maria von Weber's opera Der Freischütz in Baden-Baden in 2009. The production, which featured costumes by Dutch fashion designer Victor & Rolf, was widely acclaimed worldwide.
With Otello, Robert Wilson is able to combine his experience as both a theater and opera director and follow his credo that all the ingredients of a production -the room, lighting, stage architecture, and movements- only work well together when tensions are built between them. This is particularly true for the great "interiority" that he perceives in Otello: "The story is above all about an inner conflict, a question of uncertainty. With a protagonist who is incredibly strong and at the same time very weak. A traditional, tragic, complicated situation experienced by an outsider."
Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona), Stuart Skelton (Otello), and Luca Salsi (Iago) can be seen and heard in the title roles of this Baden-Baden Otello. For Stuart Skelton, who sang Tristan at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2017, Otello marks his return to a stage where he has enjoyed great success. Sonya Yoncheva first performed in Baden-Baden as Marguerite in the 2014 production of Gounod's opera Faust and returned to the Black Forest at the Baden-Baden Gala (2015) in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Luca Salsi is regarded as one of the leading Italian baritones of our time, with guest appearances taking him to New York, Milan, Berlin, and Verona.
Three great maestros conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker
After the departure of Sir Simon Rattle as Principal Conductor and before the arrival of new Principal Conductor Kirill Petrenko, the Berliner Philharmoniker will be welcoming renowned guest conductors at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. The opera Otello will be led by Zubin Mehta, who has maintained a musical friendship with the top German orchestra since the 1960s.
Two concerts at the 2019 Easter Festival will be conducted by Chief Conductor Designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker Kirill Petrenko. The soloist of the first concert on Monday, April 15 at 6:00 PM will be violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in a performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Violin Concerto, op. 36.
For the symphony concert on Easter Sunday, the Berliner Philharmoniker will accompany pianist Lang Lang, also presenting Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony in E minor in the program’s second half as well as on April 15.
While the concert with Lang Lang is already sold out, limited tickets for the performances of the Verdi's Requiem on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 and Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019 are still available. For these concerts conductor Riccardo Muti will stand on the podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Vittoria Yeo (soprano), Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor), and Ildar Abdrazakov (bass) will feature in the prominent ensemble of soloists. The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks will join the soloists and orchestra.
A musical daemon in beautiful halls
In fifteen master concerts at different locations throughout Baden-Baden, Rastatt, and Bühl, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will be guided by Iago’s credo from the opera Otello: "You are driven by your daemon and I am that daemon." For their programs, the chamber ensembles, some of which were specially founded for this festival, have chosen works representing different composers and eras. Renowned soloists will be accompanied by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. At the Bürgerhaus "Neuer Markt" in Bühl, Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier’s Tale with Dominique Horwitz as narrator will be heard on Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The Masque of the Red Death will be presented in the opening chamber concert on Sunday, April 14 at 11:00 AM in the Florentinersaal of the Casino Baden-Baden, and a “Late Night” program will be devoted to the Diabolus in Musica in another hall of the Casino on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM.
Two opera premieres at the historic Theater Baden-Baden
Together with the Theater Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Festival Hall Baden-Baden will produce the premiere of Victoria Bond’s opera Clara. The American composer lived for a time in the Brahmshaus, Johannes Brahms’s summer home in Baden-Baden. During her residence there she composed this homage to Clara Schumann, who was friends with Johannes Brahms and spent many summers in the city after the death of her husband Robert Schumann. In 2019 the music world celebrates Clara Schumann's 200th anniversary. Performances at the 2019 Easter Festival will take place on April 14, 17, and 21. After the Easter Festival, further performances will be held at the Theater Baden-Baden until summer 2019.
A second world premiere, the children's opera The Little Fellow and Otello, will also feature on the program of the 2019 Easter Festival. In this co-production with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Festival Hall Baden-Baden presents motifs from Verdi's opera adapted for children. The action centers around little Otellino, who notices changes happening between his parents and is at first unable to cope with the situation. Before the happy ending, the son of Otello and Desdemona must set out himself to save his parents' relationship. The cast of this one-hour opera will feature students from several German music universities. The orchestra will consist of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Raphael Haeger, with music and libretto written by Aurelién Bello and Tiina Hartmann based on motifs by Giuseppe Verdi. The performances at the Easter Festival will take place on April 18, 20, and 22 at 2:00 PM at the Theater Baden-Baden.