Heidelberger Frühling Festspiel Announces 2022 Season

By David Salazar

The Heidelberger Frühling Festspiel has announced its 25th edition.

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal and operatic performances.

There will be a performance of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” starring soprano Sandrine Piau and countertenor Christopher Lowrey under the musical direction of Christophe Rousset who will conduct Les Talens Lyriques. The concert will also feature music by Porpora and Leonardo Leo.

Performance Date: March 26, 2022 

There will be a performance of Bach’s Cantata BWV 103 and the world premiere of a new composition by Lisa Streich performed by Schola Heidelberg and soloists under the musical direction of Walter Nussbaum.

Performance Date: April 1, 2022 

Thomas Quastoff will present the winners of the international singing competition “Das Lied.” Performers include Nikola Hillebrand, Jóhann Kristinsson, Hagar Sharvit, Manuel Walser, and pianist Alexander Fleischer.

Performance Date: April 3, 2022

Michael Braatz-Tempel will lead a performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with such soloists as Carmen Buchert, Sebastian Hübner, and Terry Wey, among others.

Performance Date: April 9, 2022

Soprano Lisa Florentine Schmalz will perform music by George Crumb, Louis Spohr, Johannes Boris Borowski, and Franz Lachner in a concert also featuring clarinettist Boglárka Pecze and pianist Mariana Popova.

Performance Date: April 13, 2022

Baritone Georg Nigl will perform music by Schubert and Eisler, among others, alongisde pianist Elena Bashkirova. The concert will also include recitation by Martina Gedeck.

Performance Date: April 21, 2022

Thomas Hampson will perform alongside Elena Bashkirova in a concert featuring music by Clara and Robert Schumann as well as Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, among others.

Performance Date: April 22, 2022

Conductor Markus Uhl will lead a performance of Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios with such soloists as Hanna Zumsande, Franz Vitzthum, Georg Poplutz, and Klaus Mertens.

Performance Date: April 22, 2022

Songs for Now

As part of the Songs for Now Series, audiences will hear “Germany in Winter” featuring Hagar Sharvit, lyricist Max Czolleck, and pianist Daniel Gerzeberg.

Performance Date: March 30, 2022 

Marie Heeschen will perform “Radical Vulnerability” alongside pianist Claudia Chan and lyricist Lea Schneider.

Performance Date: April 6, 2022

“Post-Migrant Song” will feature vocalists Deyra Atakan and Iréna Wéber as well as Jelena Davidovic, Marko Dinic Lütfiye Güzel, and Derya Yildirim.

Performance Date: April 13, 2022

Closing out the series will be “Final Cut” featuring singer Sophia Burgos and poets Swantje Lichtenstein and Jan Kuhlbrodt. The concert will feature music and sound design by Simon Stockhausen.

Performance Date: April 20, 2022