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Heidenheim Opera Festival

It is already visible from a great distance: Hellenstein Castle, located 74 metres above the city of Heidenheim an der Brenz. On the outside, this mediaeval Staufer castle, which was almost destroyed by a fire in the 16th century, makes the impression of a massive stronghold. But on the side towards the courtyard, the semi-ruin creates a picturesque and imposing natural backdrop that draws many tourists throughout the year and, in summer, a lot of music fans as well. The Heidenheim Opera Festival (Opernfestspiele Heidenheim) has been taking place here for more than five decades, celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary in 2014. It is one of the five oldest opera festivals in Germany, with a tradition to match. In 2017, more than 17,600 visitors came here to experience unique operatic performances and concerts in the ruins of the castle’s former “Knights’ Hall” (Rittersaal) – “one of Europe’s most beautiful open-air music stages” (“Welt”) – or at other venues in the region. In 2009, another venue was built directly next to the “Rittersaal” in the guise of the Congress Centrum Heidenheim, with a hall that meets the latest acoustic standards and also enables events to go ahead regardless of the weather. The two stages are within walking distance of one another, a unique asset for a German open-air classical-music festival.

Marcus Bosch has been at the helm of the Heidenheim Opera Festival since 2010. Despite his international successes, Bosch remains committed to the musical life of his native city, Heidenheim, where he was born in 1969. His contract as conductor and festival director has been extended ahead of time until 2025.

From 26 May to 28 July 2019, the Heidenheim Opera Festival once more created a widely-audible sensation among Germany’s summer festivals. Peter Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame (première on 5 July 2019) and Giuseppe Verdi’s Ernani(première on 18 July 2018), along with the children’s musical theatre piece Gold!, were the eagerly-awaited new productions of Marcus Bosch’s 10th season in Heidenheim. The accompanying OH! concert schedule sparkled with hand-picked programmes and outstanding artists such as the conductor Łukasz Borowicz, the piano virtuosos Lise de la Salle and Federico Colli and the SWR Vokalensemble under Marcus Creed. The Festival has given its 2019 edition the motto “Glück”.

Preview 2020: Verdi’s „Don Carlo“ (première 10.7.2020) and his sixth opera „I due Foscari“ (première 23.7.2020) will be the central works. The whole programme will be published in atumn 2019.

Press releases of Heidenheim Opera Festival 2019:
> Blissful Happiness at OH! – Press release Heidenheim Opera Festival 2019

In January 2019 the recording “I Lombardi” has been released on CD on Coviello Classics. Before there were the recordings of “Un giorno di regno” (Release in April 2018, perfomed in 2017) and “Oberto” (Release in February 2017, performed in 2016).

Press releases CD recordings:
> press release CD “I Lombardi”
> press release CD “Un giorno di regno”
> press release CD “Oberto” (in German)

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