From 01 September 2023, the renowned Italian harpsichordist and conductor Ottavio Dantone will act as Musical Director for the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2024 to 2028, and the current Operations Director Mag. Eva-Maria Sens will take over as Artistic Director. The current Managing Director Dr. Markus Lutz will serve as Excecutive Commercial Director.
On Sunday evening, the 14th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera «Pietro Antonio Cesti» of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music came to a close at the House of Music in Innsbruck. In a high-quality final concert, mezzo-soprano Mathilde Ortscheidt from France emerged victorious over her fellow competitors. The second place was secured by British soprano Charlotte Bowden, and third place was claimed by baritone Giacomo Nanni from Italy. The Audience Prize was won by French bass-baritone Alexandre Baldo, and the Young Talent Award was awarded to soprano Neima Fischer from Germany.Read more
The 47th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music will take place from 11 July to 29 August 2023 with the theme “Paths”. After 14 years, it will be the last festival season by artistic director Alessandro De Marchi.
The programme of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2023 was presented today. The Innsbruck Festival will take place from 11 July to 29 August with 48 events at more than 14 venues in and around the Tyrolean capital.
No fewer than three staged productions by the Italian master Antonio Vivaldi will be brought to the stage. “Olimpiade”, “Juditha triumphans” and, as a Barockoper:Jung “La fida ninfa”.
Alessandro De Marchi himself will conduct both “Olimpiade” and “Juditha triumphans” He announces:
“After 14 years of directing the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, a wonderful journey has come full circle for me. In 2010, in my first year as artistic director, Pergolesi’s “Olimpiade” was on the programme. This year it will be Antonio Vivaldi’s “Olimpiade” with which we will open the festival on 4 August. Vivaldi and his birthplace Venice run through the programme like a thread.”
In “Olimpiade”, the Tyrolean State Theatre (“Tiroler Landestheater”) will become the venue of Olympic Games, while rivals Bejun Mehta and Raffaele Pe will compete in musical-sporting contests. Soprano Bruno de Sà, alto Margherita Maria Sala and others will also take part in the competition.
Sophie Rennert slips into the title role of the dreaded heroine in “Juditha triumphans”. She will be joined on stage by soprano Arianna Vendittelli and mezzo-soprano Emilie Renard, among others. The Baroque Opera:Jung production of “La fida ninfa” offers a supposedly dreamlike shepherd’s idyll. Finalists of the Cesti Competition 2022 seek their love under the musical direction of Chiara Cattani.
“The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music is one of the absolute highlights of the Tyrolean Summer of Culture and, under the motto “Paths”, invites you to immerse yourself in the diversity of early music and discover exciting new facets. The programme also includes some free concerts and thus opens up easy access to high-quality cultural offerings,” says Governor and Cultural Affairs Officer Anton Mattle.
In addition to the numerous free events, such as the lunch concerts, Musica montana and the Concerte mobile, renowned artists such as Rinaldo Alessandrini with Concerto Italiano, Lina Tur Bonet and Musica Alchemica as well as Christophe Rousset can be heard in glamorous concerts in the most beautiful historic venues Innsbruck has to offer. Baroque splendour and joie de vivre will be exuded by the flute virtuoso Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico in the Spanish Hall of the Ambras Castle, and the highly acclaimed violinist Julien Chauvin and his ensemble Le Concert de la Loge will perform works by Vivaldi in the sonorous Giant Hall of the Innsbruck Hofburg (“Imperial Palace”). In addition, world-renowned singers such as the sopranos Giulia Semenzato and Francesca Aspromonte as well as mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland and many more will perform at the Innsbruck Festival.
Innsbruck’s Mayor Georg Willi emphasises: “The Festival of Early Music has shaped Innsbruck for decades. They attract an international audience and are at the same time a fixed point in the calendar of Innsbruck citizens interested in culture. This year’s theme is ‘Paths’ – a fitting topic also because artistic director Alessandro De Marchi has been the Festival’s road builder for the past 14 years. He has shaped and constantly developed the festivals – not least through the Cesti competition for young singers, which he launched in 2010. His merits are manifold; the traces he leaves behind will remain visible for a long time. On behalf of the city, may I thank Alessandro De Marchi from the bottom of my heart and wish him, all participants and the audience, a wonderful time at the Festival.”
Alessandro De Marchi will also bring this year to a brilliant close. After 14 successful and exciting years, he will bid farewell to the Innsbruck Festival Orchestra with a special concert: An evening in concerti for viola d’amore by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by none other than Antoine Tamestit.
Managing Director Dr. Markus Lutz and Operations Director Eva-Maria Sens are awaiting July and August with anticipation. “We are looking forward to this unique and glamorous summer festival with Alessandro De Marchi and Vivaldi. We invite you to revel in music with us through this year’s Festival, on the many paths ahead, discovering the hidden and the new.”
Tickets for the 47th Innsbruck Festival will be available from Wednesday, 22 March 2023 at all known advance booking offices.
The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music is one of the most renowned festivals of Baroque music in Europe. It has been a magnet for visitors from all over the world since 1976. Next year, the Innsbruck Festival will host over 50 different events from the 12th of July to the 28th of August 2022, showcasing the leitmotif of «encounters».Read more
Margherita Maria Sala is 27 years old and has been singing all her life. The fact that she won the Cesti Competition in 2020 is one of the highlights of her life. In an online interview with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, she tells how she prepared for it, what happened to her and how her life changed afterwards.Read more
The commemorative year of Emperor Maximilian I, the 350th anniversary of Innsbruck court musician Pietro Antonio Cesti’s death and the tenth instalment of the Cesti Competition are the focal points of the 43rd Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Shining lights from days past and present will radiate with a fresh sparkle in the summer of 2019. The rediscovery of the baroque opera “Merope” by Riccardo Broschi is eagerly anticipated. The Innsbruck audience can look forward to stars of the early music scene – from Bejun Mehta to Julia Lezhneva, from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin to the La Folia baroque orchestra.Read more
The young mezzo-soprano Emily D'Angelo won the first prize and the audience award in the Cesti Singing Competition in Innsbruck. Second place went to Eléonore Pancrazi from France followed by Giulia Bolcato from Italy.Read more
The Artistic Director Eva-Maria Sens and the Musical Director Ottavio Dantone, together with the Administrative Director Dr. Markus Lutz, the Governor of Tyrol Anton Mattle, and the Mayor of the city of Innsbruck Georg Willi, presented the program of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2024 at a press conference this morning. "Where do we come from, and where are we going?" is the guiding question posed by the Artistic Leadership to all considerations of their first joint program. The 48th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music will take place from July 21 to August 30.Read more
After the festival is before the festival!
Preparations for the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2024 are already in full swing.
With a closing concert by the outgoing artistic director Alessandro De Marchi, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music concluded last night with great success, achieving an attendance rate of 96%. Over the period from July 11th to August 29th, more than 20,000 guests from all around the world attended a total of 56 festival events (23 of which were free of charge).Read more
After 14 years, the 47th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music marks the end of Alessandro De Marchi's directorship. At this morning's ceremony in the Spanish Hall of Schloss Ambras, he was presented with the Ring of Honor of the City of Innsbruck by Mayor Georg Willi for his many years of service. In the evening, the Vivaldi opera "Olimpiade," which De Marchi will conduct musically, will celebrate its premiere at the Tiroler Landestheater.Read more
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