Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato & Diana Damrau Highlight Festspielhaus Baden Baden 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Jiyang Chen/Javier del Real/ Simon Pauly)

The Festspielhaus Baden Baden has announced its 2020-21 season. For this article we will only highlight vocal performances.

The season opens with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Rinat Shaham and Gerald Finley star in the later with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: Sept. 20, 2020

Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu team up with John Neumeier for three ballets with music from Bach, Chopin and Mahler.

Performance Dates: Oct. 3-4, 2020

Thomas Hengelbrock conducts Brahms’ Deutsche Requiem with soloists Katharina Konradi and Mattias Goerne. The Balthasar Neumann- Chor and Ensemble also perform. The program also includes Schreker’s Der 116. Psalm.

Performance Date: Oct. 30, 2020

Thomas Hengelbrock conducts the Orchestre National de France in a program that includes music by Strauss and Brahms. Fatma Said is the soloist.

Performance Date: Oct. 31, 2020

Thomas Hengelbrock conducts the Balthasar Neumann-Chor and Ensemble in works by Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2020

Cecilia Bartoli sings the title role in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with Maxim Mironov, Carlos Chausson, Pietro Spagnoli and Jose Coca Loza. Gianluca Capuano conducts Les Musiciens du Prince.

Performance Dates: Nov. 6-8, 2020

Elīna Garanča and Malcom Martineau present a recital of music by Strauss, Rachmaninov, and Zarzuela.

Performance Date: Nov. 14, 2020

Valery Gergiev’s conducts R.Strauss’ “Salome” in a production by Philipp Stolzl with Evgenia Muraveva, Andrei Popov, Evelyn Herlitzius, and Michael Volle.

Performance Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2020

Diana Damrau and Nicolas Teste present a program entitled Royal Affairs-Kings and Queens of Opera with music by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, and Verdi. Ivan Repusic conducts the Munich Rundfunkorchester.

Performance Date: Dec. 4, 2020

Handel’s “The Messiah” is set to be performed by the holiday season with Justin Doyle conducting an ensemble including Julia Doyle, Tim Mead, Thomas Hobbs, and Roderick Williams.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12, 2020



Jan Josef Liefers joins soloists Thomas Mohr, Noel Bouley, Brit-Tone Mullertz, and Miina-Liisa Varela in portions from Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. Heiko Mathias Forster conducts Staatskapelle Weimar.

Performance Dates: Jan. 30, 2021

Jordi Benacer conducts the Philharmonie Baden-Baden in a concert that includes Placido Domingo, Saioa Hernandez, and Fabio Sartori. The concert will include works by Verdi.

Performance Dates: March 6, 2021

Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa” is set to be conducted by Kirill Petrenko and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Olga Peretyako stars alongside Vadislav Sulimsky in the title role.

Performance Dates: March 27-April 5, 2021

Mozart’s Requiem is set to be conducted by Kirikk Petrenko with Rosa Feola, Paula Murrihy, and Sebastian Kohlhepp. The Berlin Philharmonic accompanies. The concert also includes Symphony No. 25.

Performance Dates: March 29-April 2, 2021

Kristina Mkhitaryan and Dmytro Popov star in Rachmaniov’s “Francesca da Rimini” with Kirill Petrenko conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” will also be performed

Performance Date: April 4, 2021

Sonya Yoncheva sings a program of works by Puccini, Verdi and Bellini. Domingo Hindoyan conducts the Sinfonieorchester Basel.

Performance Date: June 12, 2021

Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nezet-Seguin perform Schubert’s “Winterreise.”

Performance Date: July 2, 2021

Joyce DiDonato joins the Metropolitan Opera under Yannick Nezet-Seguin for a program of Berlioz works.

Performance Date: July 3, 2021

Christine Goerke, Gunther Groissbeck, and Brand Jovanovich perform the first act of Wagner’s “Die Walkure” with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting. The concert also includes music by Muhly and Strauss.

Performance Dates: July 4, 2021

Valery Gergiev conducts Puccini’s “Tosca” in a production by Paul Curran. The cast will include soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre.

Performance Dates: July 22-25, 2021