Press release 15 March 2013 Kick-off for the Baltic Sea Festival 2013
The Magic Flute at Drottningholms Slottsteater, a Persian evening with Bahram Bajelan, new collaborative creations with artists such as film producer Jesper Kurlandsky, and the celebration of Lithuania’s presidency of the EU. The Baltic Sea Festival enters a new decade with an exciting, expanded and more varied programme than ever – now presented at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm.
“After ten successful years, the Baltic Sea Festival is – to say the least – alive and well; with this year’s festival we proudly present a range of new collaborations and world-class musical experiences,” says Michael Tydén, head of Berwaldhallen and co-founder of the Festival. “We are glad we can attract so many important actors in music, the environment, and leadership, and once again to have the opportunity to create a meeting place that puts focus on cooperation and on our vulnerable inland sea, the Baltic.”
The Magic Flute at Drottningholm Theatre
Through a new, exciting collaboration, Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at Drottningholms Slottsteater. This concert version of the opera was conceived by principal conductor Daniel Harding and tenor Andrew Staples, and was previously performed at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
“This is a unique collaboration we’ve initiated,” says Sofi Lerström, CEO of Drottningholms Slottsteater. “It’s the first time the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will play at the theatre along with outstanding Swedish and international artists. We hope this collaboration will be a pleasurable, enriching experience for both our own audience and Berwaldhallen’s, and that it will attract many new visitors both to the theatre and the Baltic Sea Festival.”
Salonen and Gergiev appearing
Two of the festival’s founders will take up the baton at the opening and closing events. On opening night, Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Opera and The Royal Opera Choir. The following evening, Salonen conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in two of Beethoven’s symphonies and a work of his own, Nyx.
The Mariinsky Theater Orchestra and maestro Valery Gergiev conclude the festival with two concerts. Composer Rodion Shchedrin is turning 80 and will be celebrated in a programme with four world-renowned pianists performing his first four piano concerts. Finally, we present a full evening of Stravinsky with Petrushka, The Firebird, and The Rite of Spring, which was performed for the first time 100 years ago this year.
New expressions with guests’ new creations
In its ambition to remain current and reach a broader audience, the Baltic Sea Festival is also concentrating on new expressions, in concerts such as Miss Very Wagner with Charlotte Engelkes, Signs of an Open Eye by Jesper Kurlandsky, and Late Night Soprano, all of which make use of visual and electroacoustic media in combination with classical music. Another focus, new for this year, is to celebrate and feature classical music that new Baltic residents have brought with them from their countries of origin. With Bahram Bajelan at their head, musicians from Iran and Sweden will offer a unique Persian evening at Berwaldhallen.
Music, environment, and leadership
Several seminars will be held during the week around the three mainstays of the festival: music, the environment, and leadership. A new collaboration has been initiated with the Raoul Wallenberg Academy, which devotes itself to young leadership; it will hold a seminar on the theme “One person can make a difference”. Additionally, the Baltic Sea Festival will observe Lithuania’s presidency of the EU with a concert featuring the oft-touring, frequently booked Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.
The Baltic Sea Festival will take place on August 23-30, 2013. The concerts are broadcasted by the public Swedish Radio.
For more information, press photos and programmes, visit www.balticseafestival.com
For more information:
Charlotte Frykman, press contact
Baltic Sea Festival, Berwaldhallen
Mobile phone: +46 (0) 70 405 86 76