Berlin Phil tightens knot with Baden-Baden

Berlin Phil tightens knot with Baden-Baden


norman lebrecht

March 28, 2018

press release, just in:

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmoniker have signed a contract to continue the Easter Festival. The general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Andrea Zietzschmann, and Festspielhaus general manager Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser have announced that the collaboration will initially be extended until 2022. The foundation boards of the Kulturstiftung Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation unanimously supported this extension.

“The Berliner Philharmoniker are delighted to continue holding the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden for another five years,” says Andrea Zietzschmann. “Not only have we found a home here for our annual opera production but also ideal conditions to present the versatility of the orchestra in chamber music, educational and symphonic concerts with our artistic partners. We thank the team and the supporters of the Festspielhaus for their wonderful cooperation.”

At the next festival in 2019, Kirill Petrenko and Riccardo Muti will conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concerts in Baden-Baden. Robert Wilson will direct a new production of Verdi’s opera “Otello”, with Daniele Gatti conducting. Kirill Petrenko, the new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker from the autumn of 2019, will direct the Easter Festival’s opera productions from spring 2020.



  • John Lancaster says:

    Sounds good. With the BPO “season without a conductor” coming up(after Sir Simon Rattle/before Kirill Petrenko) (2018-19 season will be announced 26 April), it’s good to see the Baden-Baden/BPO partnership continuing into the Petrenko era.

  • Thomasina says:

    Otello with Daniele Gatti and BPO! I love Gatti (I expected him to save Opera di Roma) but I imagine if it would be Otello with Muti…?

  • Alan says:

    A little off topic but does any reader know when the Deutsche Oper announces 2018/19 season?

    • Robin Smith says:

      Deutsche Oper Berlin have a twitter account that appears very active in both German and English. I’d just ask them there.