Last year, Austrian tenor Max Emmanuel Sensek celebrated the first edition of his festival entirely dedicated to the diversity of Baroque music with Bayreuth Baroque. It is in downtown Wagner Bayreuth. And on Wednesday evening, the 44-year-old announced the second edition of the festivities for which he was artistic director – with the resumption of last year’s major production of “Carlo il Calvo” by Nicola Purpura at the Opera Margravial.
The Musical Temple from 1748, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012, will once again serve as a main venue until the end of the festival on September 12. In the recently renovated building in downtown Bayreuth old, Cencic himself will not only be responsible for the production of “Carlo” from the previous year, which, in addition to the dean of the festival, also stars such as Franco Fagioli and Julia Lezhneva on the 1st, 3rd and 5th of September up to The stage.
Borbara’s “Polifemo”, the second opera in this year’s edition, can also be experienced, albeit only in concert format (September 9 and 12). In both cases, Georges Petro with Armonia Atenea was responsible for the musical arrangement of the revival of the museum building as a performance site.
But even in the second year, the Bayreuth Baroque consists not only of operas, but also shows concerts at the Opera House. For example, Coloratura soprano star Simon Kermes can be seen at a gala evening “Canzonetta d’amore” on September 4, while Counterbeau Jakub Józef Orliński will do the same on September 10.
And more than that, the city is revitalized with the spirit of the times. For example, Gamba master Maddalena del Gobo is announced to attend a gala dinner at the Hermitage Museum, while Handel’s “Judas Maccabios” sermon is played in the city church with the BachPlus Chamber Choir and B’Rock Band under the direction of Bart Nessens.
(Service – Bayreuth Baroque September 1-12 at various locations. www.bayreuthbaroque.de/)
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