March 24, 2021

Bayreuth Baroque Festival , 1st to 14th September 2021

In 2020, against all the adversities of the corona crisis, the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival was one of the few festivals in Europe that was able to carry out its program as announced. This year, from September 1st to 14th 2021, the festival will present once more some Baroque jewels in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Margravial Opera House.

The first highlight of this year’s edition is the revival of Nicola Porpora’s opera Carlo il Calvo on September 1st, 3rd and 5th. With Julia Lezhneva, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Bruno de Sá and George Petrou, the world-class line-up of the previous year is able to return in this production. The opera was rediscovered and staged by Max Emanuel Cencic. The production was acclaimed across Europe and was recently voted “Best New Production of 2020” by the readers of the online French magazine ForumOpéra.

The first edition of the Bayreuth Baroque Festival took place during the first year of the Corona crisis. Only 200 spectators were able to be present during the performances in the theater, however, the online edition of the festival on the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mezzo TV reached countless viewers worldwide.

In March 2021, Max Emanuel Cencic, who is the artistic director of the festival was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik for Classical Music Honorary Prize for his artistic work. The presentation of this award will take place during the festival in 2021.

The Bayreuth Baroque Festival 2021 program will be announced by May and the advance sales will follow.