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Festival: Innsbruck Festival of Early Music


July 17th - August 27th, 2018

In 2018, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music takes the audience on a journey to highly regarded instrument makers, exceptional artists, gods and heroes as well as legendary composers.

Artistic director Alessandro De Marchi will conduct “Didone abbandonata” by Saverio Mercadante, the first ever early 19th-century opera to be shown at the Innsbruck Festival. The opera will be staged by one of the most renowned directors of our time, Jürgen Flimm. Conductor and musicologist Claudio Osele will present another exciting discovery, the serenata “La Semele o sia La richiesta fatale” by Johann Adolf Hasse. The 2018 instalment of Barockoper:Jung takes the audience back to the time of the early Venetian opera: Francesco Cavalli’s “Gli amori d’Apollo e Dafne”.

In the concerts, music from the time of Jacobus Stainer, the legendary instrument maker from Absam, takes center stage.

The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music is a celebration of historically informed performances of music from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods, presenting musicians of the highest artistic standards in some of Austria's greatest historic venues. The Ambras Castle Concerts, first held in 1964, and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music that was established in 1976, have played a pioneering role in the revival of Baroque opera and in the promotion of historically informed performance practices.

Among the acclaimed musicians and conductors who have appeared at the Festival are Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken, Alan Curtis, Giovanni Antonini, Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Christina Pluhar and Cecilia Bartoli. The Belgian conductor and countertenor René Jacobs was artistic director of the Festival from 1997 to 2009. In these years, the Festival has presented more than 20 unique opera productions of the 17th and 18th century. In 2010, Alessandro De Marchi succeeded Jacobs as artistic director of the Innsbruck Festival. De Marchi has been pointing the way to the future with the “Cesti Singing Competition” for Baroque opera and the “Barockoper:Jung” for young, emerging talents.


For further information visit the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website

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