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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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Handel's somewhat rare oratorio Susanna in the Halle Handel Festival

Handel's Susanna at the Halle Handel Festival © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Handel's oratorio Susanna is often considered to be less than consistently dramatic and this performance in the Halle Handel Festival did little to dispel that view.

Festkonzert with Carolyn Sampson: Handel's Heroines

Carolyn Sampson and The King's Consort © Maria Scheunpflug
Carolyn Sampson returns joyfully to the Halle Handel Festival, accompanied by trumpeter Neil Brough and the King's Consort under Robert King.

“Madness” with Karina Gauvin at the Halle Handel Festival

Karina Gauvin and Le Concert de la loge © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Karina Gauvin provides a powerhouse recital of German, Italian and French Baroque music, with Handel dominating

Apollo e Dafne at the Handel Festival in Halle

Anna Prohaska, Vittorio Ghielmi and Fulvio Bettini with Il Suonar Parlante © Stiftung Händel-Haus
A performance of Handel's short masterpiece Apollo e Dafne at the Halle Handel Festival was somewhat disappointing but Fulvio Bettini impressed in the bass role.
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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.