Photo credit: Werner Kmetitisch

The styriarte Festival was originally founded to forge closer ties between the pioneering conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his home town of Graz. His artistic endeavours have made Harnoncourt a world-renowned star in the world of music and his musical believes have become a measure for the artistic events held at the styriarte Festival. The Festival today encourages a rediscovery of long-lost variations of our musical heritage and mirrors today’s wealth of exciting approaches to Early Music and music between the Middle Ages and Romanticism and even contemporary music.

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Foto and design by Birgit Mörtl - www.birgitmoertl.com and Posproduction by Philipp Schulz - www.philo.graphics

“Transformed” is the styriarte theme for 2019, inspired by the highlight of part two of the styriarte Fux Opera Fest – an opera by the foremost Austrian baroque composer Johann Joseph Fux, “Dafne in Lauro”. In other words, “Dafne in Laurel“ – not because the lovely nymph is sitting in a laurel tree, but because she turns herself into one to escape the unwanted attentions of love-stricken Apollo.

This story from the “The Metamorphoses“ by the ancient Roman poet Ovid is the first of many more stories of transformation that the styriarte present in music and text. And, of course, transformation in the form of variations is a central feature of music anyway. So, to sum up: transformation, change, variation – those things that spice up our lives. That is what the 32 projects and 45 performances of the 2019 festival in Graz and Styria are all about.

Highlights

Apollo und Daphne

June 21, 22 & 24, 7 pm, Helmut List Halle

Fux.OPERNFEST #2

Johann Joseph Fux: Dafne in Lauro (1714)

A proud god madly in love and a shy nymph changing herself into a tree: the promise of exquisite scenes in the new Fux Opera Fest.

Diana: Monica Piccinini, soprano

Dafne: Arianna Vendittelli,soprano

Amore: Sonia Tedla, soprano

Apollo: Raffaele Pe,altus

Mercurio: Valerio Contaldo, tenor

Astrid Julen, Kana Imagawa, Elise Busoni, Estella List, dancer

Zefiro Barockorchester

Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini

Direction: Wolfgang Atzenhofer

Choreography: Jörg Weinöhl

Video & animation: Eva Grün, Max Kaufmann, Mirjam Salzer, gratis g. strumpf

Stage & Setting: Lilli Hartmann

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Photo credit: Werner Kmetitsch

Philharmonix-Mix

July 1, 8 pm

Helmut List Halle

Prince Metternich quipped that the Balkans began at Rennweg in Vienna. Here we have it: a Viennese-Tziganer mix of styles with rhythm in the blood and fire in the feet.

Philharmonix – The Vienna Berlin Music Club

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Eroica.SOAP

July 3, 8 pm, Helmut List Halle

We all know Beethoven’s “Eroica“. Or do we? Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the styriarte Festival Orchestra discuss possible interpretations under the eye of our SOAP cameras.

Styriarte Festspiel-Orchester, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Goldbergvariationen

July 4, 8 pm, Stefaniensaal

On the Steinway grand, brilliant pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard ventures into the unique cosmos of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations“.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

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Schubert in Stainz

July 6 & 7, 8.30 pm, Pfarrkirche Stainz

Schubert’s finest mass in Stainz Parish Church with Concentus Musicus and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada: reawakening memories of the unforgettable Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Concentus Musicus, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Ein biblischer Tiergarten

July 13, 8 pm, Stift Rein

Jordi Savall rallies the curious menagerie of animals that appear in the great medieval song collections of “Las Huelgas“ and “Cantigas de Santa Maria“.

Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

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Brandenburgische Konzerte

July 19 & 20, 7 pm, Helmut List Halle

Bach had Ovid’s “Metamorphoses“ in mind when he composed his “Brandenburg Concertos“: of this Stefan Gottfried and Concentus Musicus are quite convinced. And their performance makes it perfectly obvious.

Concentus Musicus Wien, Stefan Gottfried

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 21, 8 pm, Helmut List Halle

Shakespeare’s Puck, Oberon the Fairy King, wise Prospero and the savage Caliban come together for the finale, in music by Purcell and Locke, performed by the inimitable Jordi Savall.

Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

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Photo credit: Werner Kmetitisch

Tickets and Information:

Styriarte ticket center

Sackstrasse 17, 8010 Graz

Tel.: ++.43.316.825 000

* www.styriarte.com