With more than 50 events, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music will once again fill Tirol’s capital with music this summer. Take a journey through rarities, musical treasures and operas from former centuries.
Since its founding in 1976, the Innsbruck Early Music Festival has garnered a distinguished international reputation for its ground-breaking work in reviving works from the Renaissance, Baroque and classical periods. This year’s festival revolves around the theme of “Perspectives”. Life itself, the history of humankind, the development of culture, questions about what is necessary and relevant, visions of the future – everything is a question of perspective. So too is the view that the festival casts back on the art and culture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, on the music that they consider worth discovering from today’s perspective, freeing it from the dust and placing it on the contemporary stage for exploration. The Innsbruck Festival would like to ask its audience and artists for their very own perspective on early music. After a period of general pause and stillness, now it’s time to refocus and immerse oneself in the oasis that is the Innsbruck Festival.
The multifaceted festival program offers numerous perspectives on the broad spectrum of Early Music, including the Ambras Castle concerts, festive concerts, performances of sacred music, free lunchtime concerts at Hofgarten Park and musical performances in public squares (“Concerti Mobili”). Plus, there will be three staged opera productions: With “L’Idalma overo Chi la dura la vince” by Bernardo Pasquini, Johann Mattheson’s “Boris Goudenow” and the “Pastorelle en Musique” by Georg Philipp Telemann, the Innsbruck Festival is once again bringing three real rarities to the stage. Concert highlights include performances by counter tenors Jakub Józef Orliński and Valer Sabadus. New this year, the festival will take to lofty heights of Seegrube and Arzler Alm for “Musica montana”, allowing for completely new perspectives. The traditional crowning finale is the final concert of the Cesti Competition.