From 12 July to 28 August, over 17,000 guests from all over the world visited the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. The occupancy rate was 86 % for a total of 53 events. The guests came from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Kuwait, South Korea, Canada, the USA and other countries. In the coming year, opera lovers can look forward to Antonio Vivaldi's «L'Olimpiade», «Juditha triumphans» and «La fida ninfa».
The 46th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music ended yesterday evening with the final concert of the 13th Cesti Competition at Haus der Musik Innsbruck. With 53 events (19 of which were free of charge) at 22 venues, the Festival team around artistic director Alessandro De Marchi, managing director Dr. Markus Lutz and operations director Mag. Eva-Maria Sens can look back on an eventful and well-attended festival season, which took place under the motto «Encounters».
The rediscovery of the opera «Silla» by Carl Heinrich Graun was celebrated and highly praised by the audience and numerous media representatives from Austria and abroad. With the Barockoper:Jung, Carlo Pallavicino's «L'amazzone corsara», and Giovanni Bononcini's «Astarto», two further real rarities provided enthusiasm on the Festwochen stage. There were audience cheers and goosebumps at the sold-out concerts «Il Messia» at Haus der Musik with the Innsbruck Festival Orchestra and renowned soloists under the direction of Alessandro De Marchi, «Vespro Veneziano» with the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon at the Wilten Collegiate Church and the «Concerto delle Donne» with harpist Margret Köll in the Spanish Hall of Ambras Castle. A highlight was the «Virtuosi» concert with the Accademia Bizantina under the direction of Ottavio Dantone, who will be the musical director of the Innsbruck Festival from autumn 2023.
Over 9,000 guests attended the opera and concert events. In addition, more than 8,000 interested people attended the free events of the Festival, such as the «Concerto mobile», «Musica montana», the lunch concerts, the Ambras Castle Festival and «Pauken und Trompeten» at the Goldenes Dachl. The events of the Innsbruck Festival also attracted numerous media representatives to Innsbruck: 59 journalists from 11 countries reported on the Festival in July and August.
We would like to thank all our supporters, sponsors and partners who have made this diverse programme of the Innsbruck Festival possible.
The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2023 will present three staged Vivaldi productions: «L'Olimpiade», «Juditha triumphans» and the production of the Barockoper:Jung «La fida ninfa». This will be the last Festwochen season of the current artistic director Alessandro De Marchi. He will be conducting «L'Olimpiade» and «Juditha triumphans». The direction of «L'Olimpiade» will be taken over by Stefano Vizioli, who already thrilled with the production of the opera «La Dori» in 2019. The Barockoper:Jung will be musically directed by Chiara Cattani.
The 47th Innsbruck Early Music Festival will take place from 11 July to 29 August 2023. The entire programme will be published in spring 2023, when advance ticket sales will also begin.