On Saturday, 6 June 2020, the Handel House Foundation celebrated a major Handel Festival in the birthplace of the famous baroque composer. Following the cancellation of the Handel Festival due to the Corona Pandemic, there were online performances of internationally celebrated and top-class stars of Baroque music, such as the countertenor and Handel Prize winner 2020 Valer Sabadus, the versatile tenor Daniel Behle, the bass baritone Andreas Wolf, the Lautten Compagney Berlin under the musical direction of Wolfgang Katschner, the Pera Ensemble with Mehmet C. Yeşilçay, the G.A.P.- Ensemble under the direction of Emilio Percan, the Classical Crossover specialist from "Bridges to Classics" Bernd Ruf and musicians from the German Pops Band and Singers and other artists to experience a multi-faceted Handel Festival programme from 4.00 p.m. to around 10.00 p.m. It was supplemented by various live circuits to Krakow, Prague, Italy, London, Göttingen and Karlsruhe. Clemens Birnbaum, Director of the Handel House Foundation and Director of the Handel Festival, and MDR cultural presenter Grit Schulze!
- in cooperation with MDR Kultur and MDR Klassik -
The programme at a glance
Greeting from Minister of State Rainer Robra, Head of the State Chancellery and Minister for Culture
Musical direction: Wolfgang Katschner // Soloist: Daniel Behle (tenor) // Lautten Compagney Berlin
Conversation with Tobias Wolff (Managing Director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival and Andrea Rechenberg (Director of the Göttingen Municipal Museum) connected from Göttingen
Concert with Daniel Behle and the Lautten Compagney Berlin
"Enjoy the sweet Elysian Grove"
Conversation with Samir Savant (Festival Director of the London Handel Festival) and Leo Duarte (Artistic Director of Opera Settecento) connected from London
concert with Kristin von der Goltz & Andreas Küppers
"Handel's Music Box & his London colleagues"
Kristin von der Goltz (violoncello) // Andreas Küppers (harpsichord)
Concert with Valer Sabadus & the G.A.P.-Ensemble
Soloist: Valer Sabadus (countertenor) // G.A.P. Ensemble: Emilio Percan (musical direction, baroque violin) // Yukie Yamaguchi (violin) // Corina Golomoz (viola) // Oriol Aymat Fusté (violoncello) // Michael Dücker (lute) // Luca Quintavalle (harpsichord)
Afterwards: Presentation of the Handel Prize of the City of Halle (Saale) to Valer Sabadus, presented by the Lord Mayor of the City of Halle (Saale), Dr. Bernd Wiegand . Andrea Marcon (organist, harpsichordist, conductor and musical director of the La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, the Venice Baroque Orchestra) from Italy will give the laudation.
Concert: "Timur & Bayezid"
musical direction: Mehmet C. Yeşilçay // soloists: Laila Salome Fischer (mezzo-soprano) // Filippo Mineccia (countertenor) // Mazen Mohsen (tenor) // Tansel Akzeybek (tenor) // Pera Ensemble
Conversations with ...
... Jan Tomasz Adamus (musical director of Capella Cracovensis) from Krakow
... with Jana Semeradová (transverse flute and musical director of the Collegium Marianum) and Vojtěch Semerád (General Manager of the Collegium Marianum) from Prague
Concert with Andreas Wolf and the Lautten Compagney Berlin
Musical direction: Wolfgang Katschner // Soloist: Andreas Wolf (baritone) // Lautten Compagney Berlin
Trailer of the opera production "Teseo" at the Halle Opera
Conversation with Peter Spuhler (General Director of the Baden State Theatre Karlsruhe), Michael Fichtenholz (Opera Director of the Opernhaus Zürich and Artistic Director of the International Handel Festival Karlsruhe) and Prof. Dr. Peter Overbeck (Chairman of the Handel Society Karlsruhe and Professor at the Karlsruhe University of Music) from Karlsruhe
Concert: "Bridges to Classics"
Soloist: Anke Sieloff, Konstantin Busack (vocals) // GermanPops Band: Bernd Ruf (musical direction, saxophone) // Benjamin Köthe (musical direction, keyboards) // Ilja Ruf (piano) // Frederik Schlender (guitars) // Frerk Schulz-Klein (electric bass) // Eckhard Stromer, Ralf Schneider, Ivo Nitschke (percussion) Henrik Bierwirth (trumpet) // Hubertus Schmidt (trombone) // Wolfgang Singer (violin)
musical direction: Wolfgang Katschner // Lautten Compagney Berlin