Program announcement of the new opera festival BAYREUTH BAROQUE

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Today, on 5 February 2020 the program of BAYREUTH BAROQUE was announced at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. With an eleven days non-stop festival program, BAYREUTH BAROQUE presents a pure baroque music experience for people from all over the world. The focus lies on the rediscovery of opera’s in the late Baroque period that have never or hardly been played. This year’s festival will stage Nicola Porpora's opera “Carlo il Calvo” and Leonardo Vinci's “Gismondo, Re di Polonia”. During the opera-free evenings, the festival offers concerts at different venues. One festival highlight is the gala concert with Joyce di Donato and Il Pomo d’oro on 6 September. Other performers are baroque stars such as Julia Lezhneva, Franco Fagioli, Jordi Savall as well as early music ensembles such as Il Pomo d’oro with Maxim Emelyanychev, Accademia Bizantina with Ottavio Dantone and Armonia Atenea with Georg Petrou. The festival which is organized by Max Emanuel Cencic will run for the first time from 3 till 13 September 2020. Ticket sales start on 6 February 2020.


BAYREUTH BAROQUE opera festival opens on 3 September with Porpora's opera “Carlo il Calvo” which premiered in 1738. The title role features a child singing a few verses. Appearances include Julia Lezhneva as Gildippe and Franco Fagioli as Adalgiso. Max Emanuel Cencic will sing Lottario and is directing this new production as well. George Petrou, who will be a guest with his Armonia Atenea orchestra conducts this opera with subsequent performances on 5 and 8 September.  The second opera production, Vinci's “Gismondo, Re di Polonia”, will complete the opera festival with performances on 11 and 13 September. Max Emanuel Cencic leads in the title role of Gismondo, supported by Dilyara Idrisova as Giuditta, Aleksandra Kubras-Kruk as Primislao, Sophie Junker as Cunegunda and Yuriy Mynenko as Ottone. Martyna Pastuszka conducts the Orkiestra Historyczna.


Contralto Delphine Galou performs a concert evening with the Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone on 4 September. Other venues outside the Margravial Opera House are the Schlosskirche Bayreuth with a concert on 9 September with Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano), Simon Pappas (violoncello) and Markello's Chryssicos (harpsichord). The famous Jordi Savall and the Hesperion XXI will perform at the Stadtkirche Bayreuth on 10 September. Arias in concert by Johann Adolf Hasse will be sung by mezzo-soprano Vivica genaux and the Lautten Compagney, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner on 12 September.


Wilhelmine von Bayreuth’s theatre, which opened in 1748, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012 and was reopened in 2018 after an intensive renovation to preserve this historical monument. Our media partnership with classical broadcast channel Mezzo will make the festival accessible to a global audience of millions.

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