Easter Festival 2017

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden forms an ideal platform for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s annual Easter Festival, held for the fourth time in Baden-Baden from April 7 to 17, 2017.

Next to concerts and chamber operas, one of Puccini’s most brilliant and thrilling operas – Tosca forms the centerpiece of this year’s Easter Festival.

Moments full of love and intimacy alternate in breathtaking tempo with those of jealousy, hate and sadistic brutality. Puccini traces this range of feelings in a musical language that is simultaneously psychologizing and breathtakingly beautiful. The title role in this performance with Simon Rattle will be sung by Kristīne Opolais, who is one of the most acclaimed Puccini interpreters of her time on the great opera stages from Vienna to New York. “He’s my favourite composer,” she admitted in an interview. “I’m a very emotional person and Puccini is such an emotional composer.” At her side is the Argentinian Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi. Both of them have already been greatly celebrated in the roles. The trio of protagonists is rounded out by Evgeny Nikitin in the role of the villain Scarpia.

The Easter Festival 2017: Tosca is aired live on Arte on April 17, 8:15pm CEST.

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