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Guide to Handel Halle Festival


May 31th – June 6th, 2019

From 31 May to 6 June 2019, the Handel Festival will be taking place once again in Halle an der Saale, the city where George Frideric Handel was born. More than 1,000 artists from all over the world will put on a programme of more than 100 events in 22 different venues.

“Once again, the Handel Festival in Halle, the city of Handel's birth, is set to be a summit meeting of renowned musicians of historically informed performance practice. With it, the people of Halle and their guests will have the opportunity to attend nine Baroque operas – including six fully staged productions – and, moreover, numerous gala concerts featuring international star singers.” Dr. Bernd Wiegand, Mayor

The title of the 2019 Handel Festival is “Sensitive, heroic, sublime – Handel’s women”. George Frideric Handel had contact with very diverse women during his lifetime. He met women from the aristocracy and middle classes and worked with singers and dancers. More than 100 female figures appear in Handel’s operas, and another 70 or so in his oratorios. First-class female musicians, such as Vivica Genaux, Karina Gauvin, Carolyn Sampson, Christina Pluhar, Hana Blažiková and Anna Prohaska, as well as the internationally feted counter-tenors Valer Sabadus, Lawrence Zazzo and Raffaele Pé, will be turning their musical attention to this theme and highlighting different facets of it. In addition, the presence of internationally renowned ensembles, such as The Academy of Ancient Music under the musical direction of Nigel Short, and the King’s Consort with Robert King from the UK, the French ensemble Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of Christophe Rousset, Auser Musici with Carlo Ipata from Italy, Kammerorchester Basel from Switzerland and Il Suonar Parlante with Vittorio Ghielmi will make the Handel Festival a particularly splendid occasion. Guest performers further include top Baroque music ensembles from Germany, such as Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle and the MDR Radio Choir.

“Nowhere else can you experience a first-rate musical meeting of this kind with such a multifaceted programme, where intercultural concerts and rock, jazz and electronic music build bridges to Baroque.“ Clemens Birnbaum, Executive Director Handel Festival Halle


For full information, visit the Festival’s website.

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HalleFeierstunde am Händel-Denkmal

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra; Clemens Flämig; Stadtsingechor zu Halle; Salzwirker-Brüderschaft im Thale zu Halle

HalleJulius Caesar in ÄgyptenNew production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Michael Hofstetter; Peter Konwitschny; Oper Halle; Helmut Brade; Händelfestspielorchester Halle

Halle17. Orgelnacht

Gerhard Noetzel; Tobias Fraß; Martin Stephan; Irénée Peyrot

Bad LauchstädtIl Pastor fido

Handel: Il pastor fido
Martyna Pastuszka; Daniel Pfluger; Georgios Kolios; Giannis Katranitsas; TBC; Anna Starushkevych


David Rabinovich; Siri Karoline Thornhill; Apollo Ensemble

HalleFestkonzert mit Vivica Genaux und Lawrence Zazzo

Wolfgang Katschner; Vivica Genaux; Lawrence Zazzo; Lautten Compagney
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Simply outstanding: Arianna in Creta at the Halle Handel Festival

Francesca Aspromonte (Alceste) and Ann Hallenberg (Teseo) © Thomas Ziegler
A concert performance of Arianna in Creta at the Halle Handel Festival riveted the audience with the towering talent of Ann Hallenberg and uniformly fine singing, acting and playing.
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Rivals: Max Emanuel Cenčić in Halle

Max Emanuel Cenčić © Anna Hoffmann
Max Emanuel Cenčić with Armonia Atenea under George Petrou provide an exciting and satisfying concert at the Halle Handel Festival
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Handel's pasticcio Oreste in Bernburg at Halle Handel Festival

Carolina Lippo (Ifigenia) and Florian Köfler (Filotete) © Herwig Prammer
A staged performance of Handel’s pasticcio opera Oreste shows a strong narrative structure and provides a vehicle for promising young singers.
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Parnasso in festa: a gorgeous indulgence

Parnasso in festa © Marcus Lieberenz
Sigrid T'Hooft's witty Baroque styled *Parnasso in festa* at the Halle Handel Festival could hardly be better in any respect
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Biblical epics the stars of the 2017 Handel Halle Festival

Händelhaus © Thomas Ziegler
Every year, Halle honours one of its favourite sons – composer Georg Friedrich Händel, who was born there in 1685. The Handel Halle Festival takes place from the end of May until early June and attracts the top Baroque performers from all over the globe.