Baden-Baden, 5 April 2017
The rehearsals for the fifth Easter Festival of the Berliner Philharmoniker in Baden-Baden are in full swing. Along with the stage rehearsals for Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, the central opera of this year’s Festival, concert rehearsals also begin today. Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi) and Evgeny Nikitin (Scarpia) will appear in the leading roles of the opera, which is directed by Philipp Himmelmann. From 7 to 17 April there will be four opera performances, five symphony concerts and 14 chamber music Master Concerts.
The orchestra will also present educational programmes, with two family concerts, free chamber concerts at Baden-Baden social institutions and the Musikfest on Easter Sunday, during which the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), “godchildren” of the Berliner Philharmoniker, will appear, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. A highlight will be the chamber opera La Tragédie de Carmen by Marius Constant, in which scholars from the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, members of the Academy Opera Today of the Deutsche Bank Foundation and young singers from music academies in Baden-Württemberg will make their Easter Festival debuts. The opera will be conducted Berliner Philharmoniker member Simon Rössler.
The festival lounge in LA8 offers another opportunity to become better acquainted with the Berliner Philharmoniker and soloists of the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. Every day at 2:00 pm artists will speak and answer questions from the audience.