The Innsbruck Early Music Festival has garnered a distinguished international reputation. “Shining Lights” from days past and present will radiate with a fresh sparkle in the summer of 2019.
This year’s Festival of Early Music revolves around the theme of “Shining Lights”. The commemorative year of Emperor Maximilian I, the 350th anniversary of Innsbruck court musician Pietro Antonio Cesti’s death and the tenth instalment of the Cesti Competition are the focal points of this year’s event. The singer and composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who died 350 years ago, worked at the Innsbruck court for more than a decade, writing many operas there. The singing competition named after Cesti celebrates an anniversary in 2019 as well: set up ten years ago by Alessandro De Marchi, it has developed into one of the world’s leading platforms for young singers in the field of baroque opera. Pietro Antonio Cesti’s lively tragicomedy “La Dori”, which debuted in Innsbruck in 1657, will be put to the stage at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music for the first time this summer, on August 24 and 26, 2019.
On occasion of the 500th anniversary of Emperor Maximilian’s death, the 2019 Festival opens a treasure chest filled with music by Habsburg court musicians such as Heinrich Isaac and Paul Hofhaimer. Auf die Spuren von Guggeryllis, des musikalischen Hofnarren von Kaiser Max, geht es außerdem in einem Kinderkonzert (25.8.). The wonderfully extravagant baroque opera “La Merope” by Riccardo Broschi will be performed on August 7, 9 and 11, 2019, where artistic director Alessandro De Marchi will conduct the newly established Innsbruck Festival Orchestra for the first time.
Since its founding in 1976, the Festival has promoted early music through a variety of diverse programs and activities, including an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the concert stages of the Imperial Palace and the glorious Spanish Hall at Ambras Castle, and the free lunch concerts at Hofgarten Park. Again this year, visitors can enjoy the “Concerti Mobile”, where Austrian zeitgeist ensemble transposes the exciting dance music of the Baroque period to the present on instruments of that time—presented at different spots around downtown Innsbruck.