The annual Tirol Festival of Erl has invested this tiny Tirolean resort with the status of an international venue for lovers of classical music. After the retirement of Gustav Kuhn, a major shift is underway in 2019.
From July 8 to 28, 2019 the annual festival will present a rich and varied program of contemporary compositions, chamber concerts and operas. The Tirol Festival Erl will be opened on July 4, 2019 with Bela Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra”. The prestigious festival has held many premieres since it started in 1998. Another premiere this year will be the “Concert for Saxophone Quartet”, a comossioned work by Daniel Schnyder that will be performed by the Signum Sax Quartett. Other highlights of this year’s event include a series of varying concerts, all of which are sure to thrill the audience. Richard Wagner performances do not feature on this year’s program.
Operas have always been a major element of the Tirol Festival Erl. This year, the treat includes Guiseppe Verdi’s “Aida”, Walter Braunfels’ “The Birds” and Gioacchino Rossini’s “Guglielmo Tell” under the baton of Audrey Saint-Gil, Michael Güttler and Lothar Zagrosek.
Since its beginnings in 1998, the Tirol Festival Erl has developed into an internationally recognized event, drawing music lovers from across Europe as well as the USA and Japan. An extraordinary new structure was built as an addition to the traditional Passion Play House in 2012. With a design full of sharp angles and straight lines, this visually stunning building rises from the ground as if it was a mirage and draws both architecture and music lovers to Erl in droves.