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1-14 Sept 2021
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bayreuth Baroque 2021 – Programme and booking available at the end of June

In 2021, the International Festival of the Opera Seria BAYREUTH BAROQUE will take place from 01st to the 14th September for the second time. In addition to the revival of Nicola Porpora‘s “Carlo il Calvo”, another opera by the same composer will bring the jewel that is the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth to life again. The artistic director of the festival, stage director and countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic will also, as much can be revealed, play a leading role in this opera. George Petrou will take over the musical direction with the orchestra Armonia Atenea.

The Bayreuth Baroque Festival is particularly pleased to present three concerts with  internationally celebrated stars. The virtuosic countertenor Franco Fagioli will give a concert of arias by Leonardo Vinci, the antipode of Porpora. George Petrou will conduct the evening with his orchestra Armonia Atenea. Under the title “Anima Aeterna”, countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński and the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro under the direction of Francesco Corti go on a search for baroque gems. The soprano Simone Kermes sings “Canzonetta d’amore” accompanied by the Amici Veneziani.

Due to current events, the complete program of the festival will be announced at the end of June. Subsequently, ticket sales will start.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Bayreuth Baroque 2021 from 1-14 September

In 2020, Bayreuth Baroque was one of the few festivals in Europe that was able to realise its programme as announced – against all odds of the Corona pandemic. And this year, too, the festival presents jewels of baroque opera at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Margravial Opera House from 01 – 14 September.

As a first highlight of this year’s edition, Nicola Porpora’s opera “Carlo il Calvo” will return with performances on 1, 3 and 5 September. With Julia Lezhneva, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic and Bruno de Sá, the world-class cast of the previous year could be engaged again. The opera rediscovery in Max Emanuel Cencic’s production was acclaimed throughout Europe last year and was recently voted “Best New Production of 2020” by the readers of the French online magazine ForumOpéra.

Bayreuth Baroque took place for the first time in the Corona Year 2020. In each case, 200 spectators were able to experience the performances live and on site. In addition, countless viewers worldwide were reached through the Festival’s online edition, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mezzo TV.

In March, the Festival’s Artistic Director Max Emanuel Cencic was awarded the Honorary Prize of the German Record Critics for his artistic work. The presentation of this award and the laudation will take place during the 2021 Festival.

The complete Festival programme and the start of ticket sales for Bayreuth Baroque 2021 will be announced here by May.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Bayreuth Baroque 2020 Online, in TV and Radio

Dear friends of Bayreuth Baroque,

We are very pleased to announce the upcoming broadcasts and streaming offers from our 2020 season:

Media library / livestream of Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcast):

Vivica Genaux – Lautten Compagney (Wolfgang Katschner) in the Margravial Opera House (recording from 12.9.2020)

Joyce DiDonato – My Favourite Things – starting 31.12. 20.05 (recording from 6.9.2020)

N.A. Porpora: Carlo il Calvo – starting  02.01. 7.00 (recording from 8.9.2020)

L. Vinci: Gismondo, Rè die Polonia – starting 02.01. 19.05 (recording from 11.9.2020)

Radio – Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcast):

29.12.2020 19.05 Vivica Genaux – Lautten Compagney (Wolfgang Katschner) in the Margravial Opera House (recording from 12.9.2020)

31.12.2020 12.05 Joyce DiDonato – Il pomo d’oro (Frencesco Corti) in the Margravial Opera House (recording from 6.9.2020)

02.01.2021 19.05 N.A. Porpora: Carlo il Calvo – Armonia Atenea (Geroge Petrou) in the Margravial Opera House (recording from 8.9.2020)

Live HD TV – mezzo.tv is broadcasting worldwide:

New: 06.03.2021 16.55 Joyce DiDonato – My Favourite Things

19.12., 23.12., 24.12., 29.12.2020, 01.01.2021 Vivica Genaux – Lautten Compagney (Wolfgang Katschner) in the Margravial Opera House)

13.12., 18.12., 20.12., 23.12., 24.12., 27.12., 29.12.2020, 01.01.2021 N.A. Porpora: Carlo il Calvo – Armonia Atenea (Geroge Petrou) in the Margravial Opera House

We wish you a contemplative time
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