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Festival: Heidenheim Opera Festival

© Cristopher Civitillo
© Cristopher Civitillo

26th May – 28th July 2019

Heidenheim Opera Festival – Into the Future with Tradition

Hellenstein Castle: One of Europe's most beautiful open-air stages

 You can recognise it from afar even before you see a sign for Heidenheim an der Brenz: Hellenstein Castle, sitting 74 metres above the city. The Heidenheim Festival has been taking place here for five decades, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. It is one of the five oldest such festivals in Germany, with a tradition to match. In 2018, more than 19,700 visitors came to experience unique opera performances and concerts in the former knights' hall (Rittersaal) “on one of Europe's most beautiful outdoor music stages” (the “Welt”) and at other venues in the region. Attracting a record number of visitors for the third time in a row, the season was the most successful so far. In 2009, the Congress Centrum Heidenheim was opened directly adjacent to the castle, providing an additional venue that can be used in bad weather and meets the most modern acoustic standards. The two venues are within walking distance of one another, something that is unique for a German open-air classical festival.

Marcus Bosch – starting his 10th season as artistic director and festival manager in 2019

Since 2010, the Heidenheim Opera Festival has had Marcus Bosch as its artistic director. Despite his international successes, Bosch remains committed to musical life in his home town of Heidenheim, where he was born in 1969. His contract as artistic director of the Heidenheim Opera Festival has been extended in advance to 2025.

The festival's orchestra – the “Cappella Aquileia”

The festival's orchestra has now become a focus and an ambassador for the festival city of Heidenheim. From 2018, the “Cappella Aquileia” will be focusing on Ludwig van Beethoven's music in a concert and recording project over several years in partnership with the label cpo.

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