Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

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Contagious Anticipation

Sir Simon Rattle’s eager anticipation ahead of the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden is obvious. In a video message he talks about the central works including “Manon Lescaut”, the “St. John Passion”, “ Ein Heldenleben” and “Le Sacre du Printemps”. He also reveals how long the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra “Puccini break” really was.» more

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Papa Simon

Sir Simon Rattle is set to become a father once more as he and wife Magdalena Kožená prepare for the birth of their third child together this summer. The people of Baden-Baden will have the opportunity to congratulate them in person when the couple arrive for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Easter Festival in the Festspielhaus. Until then we extend our hearty congratulations to them from afar!

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Recently in the Dry Dock

The Berlin Philharmonic is a large orchestra, both in artistic scope and  the number of musicians involved, so when it performs its only opera of the year at the Easter Festival, the presentation is guaranteed to be a big one. Exactly how big can best be judged in Berlin - after all, this is not only where the musicians rehearse, but also where the largest opera set the Festspielhaus has even seen originates.» more

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A young at heart pair

The Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestras have been awarded the “Transatlantic Partnership Award”. This accolade honours people and institutions that are active in building the transatlantic relationship and thus reinforcing German-American friendship. “Good youth work is also a distinctive factor” declared award presenter Wolfgang Schäuble at the award ceremony. » more