With 2500 seats, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, whose stage and auditorium – designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer – are integrated into the historic building of the former rail station, is Germany’s largest opera house. It forms an ideal platform for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Easter Festival, held for the fourth time in Baden-Baden from 7 to 17 April 2017. The performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with Kristīne Opolais as Tosca, Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia forms the heart of the festival.
It is no wonder Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker were inspired by Tosca, being the most brilliant of all of Puccini’s operas. The work is performed clear across the country since Tosca is not just a suspense-packed story, Tosca is a work of art. And with each passage as extraordinary as the next, it is all the more important to do justice to the countless subtleties of the score.
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor; Philipp Himmelmann direction; Raimund Bauer stage design
Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca) • Marcelo Álvarez (Mario Cavaradossi) • Marco Vratogna (Baron Scarpia) • Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Cesare Angelotti) • Peter Rose (Il Sagrestano) • Peter Tantsits (Spoletta) • Douglas Williams (Sciarrone) • Walter Fink (Un carceriere) • Philharmonia Chor Wien • Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe
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