The world’s largest classical concert?

The world’s largest classical concert?


norman lebrecht

July 17, 2018

The title is claimed by the annual Klassik Open Air series in Nuremberg, which plays to 160,000 spectators.

It also claims to be Europe’s greenest concert hall.

Beat that, anyone?


If you’re anywhere near Nuremberg, it starts this weekend.


  • Fritz Curzon says:

    I’m sure Trump has beaten that- ­čśë

  • jan neckers says:

    The largest classical concert each year is Le Concert de Paris on the 14th of July. Place: le Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel tower, the Seine and the Trocadero. Number of spectators: between 600.000 and 800.000. Singers never fail to mention in their CV that huge amount. They never mention that probably 99% of the crowd arriv├ęs to watch the spectacular fireworks afterwards. France 2 broadcasts all festivities.

  • jan neckers says:

    It’s a real concert each year and it always has top singers. This year: tenor Jean-Fran├žois Borras, soprano Aida Garafulina, mezzo Joyce Di Donato and baritone Matthias Goerne. If I remember correctly this tradition started in 2014 and most concerts can be watched on YouTube.

  • Rich C. says:

    I might be a little nervous when 160,000 Germans gather in Nurnberg.

  • Zenaida says:

    The concert on July 22 at 8 p.m. N├╝rnberg time (7 p.m. UK, 2 p.m. New York) will be live-streamed on the internet:

    It’s an all Gershwin program around the theme “Summertime”
    The Staatsphilharmonie N├╝rnberg conducted by its music director Marcus Bosch,
    Kevin Short baritone and Melba Ramos soprano are the soloists.