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1762 – Painted in Nature’s Image

The Kissinger Sommer announces its 2019 programme under the title 1762 - Painted in Natures´s Image

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The motto for the Kissinger Sommer 2019 is “1762 – Painted in Nature’s Image”. Over the course of the 56 events from the 14th of June to the 14th of July next year, the festival will be focused on the music of the 18th century and its relation between music and nature. Aside from classical concerts and unique formats, the Kissinger Sommer presents two concert operas and a scenic educational project. The Russian soprano singer Julia Lezhneva is Artist in Residence.

The motto for the Kissinger Sommer 2019 is “1762 – Painted in Nature’s Image”. Over the course of the 56 events from the 14th of June to the 14th of July next year, the festival will be focused on the music of the 18th century and its relation between music and nature. Aside from classical concerts and unique formats, the Kissinger Sommer presents two concert operas and a scenic educational project. The Russian soprano singer Julia Lezhneva is Artist in Residence.

In the 18th century, mankind and art were seen as an image of nature. The subjective feelings of the individual were reflected in their music. Thus expressive operas, arias and symphonies were created on the eve before the French Revolution. As shown by concert titles like “Winter Journey” or “Summer Nights”, many works inspired by nature will define next year’s Kissinger Sommer in Germany’s most well-known health resort with one of the best historic concert halls in the world.

The deep networking of artists and the events define the third festival under the directorship of Tilman Schlömp. More than two thirds of the programme were either created exclusively for the Kissinger Sommer or adjusted for the 2019 festival programme in conjunction with the artists. That way, orchestras such as Deutsche Kammephilharmonie Bremen (the official festival orchestra of the Kissinger Sommer), Czech Philharmonic or the orchestra of the German broadcast service Bayerischer Rundfunk have enabled the development of unique “Kissingen programmes”.

Soprano singer Julia Lezhneva, who has been attributed “the voice of an angel” by the New York Times, is Artist in Residence for the Kissinger Sommer 2019. With a repertoire ranging from baroque to romanticism she carries our motto “Painted in Nature’s Image” into the historic concert halls of Bad Kissingen. Together with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi, Julia Lezhneva will arrange the final concert that will reflect Vienna Classical through the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. In addition to a duo evening with Mikhail Antonenko at the grand piano and positive organ, Julia Lezhneva will perform baroque arias together with the chamber orchestra La Voce Strumentale.

Other than select chamber concerts from the “Kammerphilharmonie & friends” series, the partnership with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as festival orchestra will include three large-scale orchestra concerts. Omer Meir Wellber as guest conductor will open the festival together with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi will lead the final concert as well as an exclusive Schumann evening with pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Together with Bamberg Symphony the Kissinger Sommer 2019 will present three operas and an opera gala. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera “Orfeo ed Euridice” (“Orpheus and Eurydice”), which premiered in 1762, might be his most well-known work and the starting point of his reform of opera which brought back the immediate expression of feeling through music. The Kissinger Sommer has tasked the composer Damian Scholl with creating a “Bad Kissingen” version of the work and composing interludes that reflect the famous Orpheus mythos. This way the evening with mezzo soprano singer Lena Belkina combines tradition with modernity. Richard Wagner’s “Rhinegold” begins in a mythical world of nature and highlights its troubled relation with mankind. For this opera the Kissinger Sommer is bringing the production of North West German Philharmonic under Frank Beermann into the Max-Littmann-Saal. Young and internationally successful singers are designing the concert performance.

Our Kissinger Sommer Future Lab offers a glimpse back into the 18th century by having the students of Bad Kissingen schools and professional actors work together yet again. Based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s short opera “Le devin du village” (“The Village Fortuneteller”), the students create a music theatre production together with director Till Kleine-Möller which will be presented in the Kurtheater over the course of two days. The Accademia di Monaco under Joachim Tschiedel and vocal soloists of the theatre academy August Everding (Munich) are partners for this project.

In 2019, the Kissinger Sommer spans 56 events, including grand opera productions and our musical paper chase for families and children. In addition there are three master courses by French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris with the participants of the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics 2018 as well as a special concert with soprano singer Diana Damrau on the 24th of May 2019. In the coming summer a part of the festival will again be designed by our line-up of artists which enables us to do individualised programmes. Among these artists are violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Ensemble 2012 of the Russian-German Music Academy and the Ensemble Resonanz, the pianist Igor Levit and the network of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, among others.

The concert sites added in 2018 will be used again in 2019 for hosting special events: Daniel Hope will perform with his New Century Chamber Orchestra in the inner court of the renovated Luitpoldbad, the Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton makes a guest appearance in Bad Neustadt and the Kobra Ensemble from Amsterdam is arranging a programme centered around the theme of “Water” in which the Kissinger Sommer is combining a cappella art with wellness in the halls of the thermal bath KissSalis Therme.

Concepts that were introduced earlier like Lounge, Jazz Breakfast and literary concerts will persist. “One Day with Joseph Haydn” will take the place of our Promenade Concert. On the 22nd of June, the chamber orchestra Spira Mirabilis will perform the three Daytime Symphonies by Joseph Haydn throughout the day, each being separated by brunch and coffee breaks in the Kurgarten Café. The day will be capped off with a late night concert by Vision String Quartet.

As a traditional place for modernity, the Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop remains a field of experimentation of the highest calibre where almost anything is allowed. “Here, music can develop at its own pace,” according to German newspaper FAZ in an article about the SongWorkshop 2018. After two years Wolfgang Rihm is back again in 2019 with a premiere. The other composers are Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Gerhard Rühm, Benjamin Scheuer, Steffen Schleiermacher and Manfred Trojahn. The Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop is sponsored by the Anton and Katharina Schick Foundation.

The festival has a new patron in 2019: The Minister President of the Free State of Bavaria, Dr Markus Söder is the successor of Dr Hans Meier. There are around 30,500 tickets available in offers ranging from 10 to 95 euros that can be ordered from the 26th of November 2018 onward via Tel. +49 971 8048-444 (Mo-Fr 8:30 AM to 8 PM, Sa/Sun 10 AM to 2 PM) as well as at Kissingen-ticket@badkissingen.de and www.kissingersommer.de. Members of the Kissinger Sommer Sponsorship Association can order immediately. The programme 2019 and the logo are styled after the Corporate Design that was developed in 2017 by Berlin-based graphic design agency MüllerValentini. In October 2017 the graphic design of the Kissinger Sommer was awarded the German DesignAward as “Winner 2018”.

The Kissinger Sommer 2019 was able to retain its sponsors gained in 2018. Aside from our main sponsors - the Free State of Bavaria, the district of Lower Franconia, the district of Bad Kissingen, the Kissinger Sommer Sponsorship Association, the Bad Kissingen department of public works and Sparkasse Bad Kissingen – 14 event sponsor as well as foundations, media and cooperation partners are supporting the Kissinger Sommer.

For 2019 the Kissinger Sommer has expanded its services. Reduced-price tickets are now also available online. There are more concert introductions and after selected concerts the festival offers an “Artist Meet” in the Schmuckhof. There you have the opportunity to have a glass of wine and talk with some of the artists about their concert. For visitors from Würzburg the Kissinger Sommer is offering transportation via shuttle bus from/to Würzburg Central Station on three concert days. Bus transfer can be booked when ordering the ticket.

Here you can find the event calendar for 2019.