While we didn’t get a 2011 edition of Via stellae due to the crisis, the 2012 festival season seems to be something to look forward to. Latest proof: the preliminary program for the 2012 Halle (Saale) Händelfestspiele.
The Festspiele will be running May 31st through June 12th, 2012 in Handel’s town of birth, an idyllically sized and accessible town in the middle of Germany (don’t miss the Florence-inspired Camposanto in the evening sun if you’re visiting).
And it’s going to rock the Handelian world for two weeks, since the program – just to make the wait a little shorter – is kicking off with a Jaroussky Handel evening on Nov. 26th already. Jaroussky will be back for the summer festivities, too, with a solo evening on June 8th with Marie-Nicole Lemiuex directing Ensemble Artasere (it seems Lemieux is going the Stutzmann way from contralto to conductor), which is fabulous on at least three levels already.
The White Shirt highlight will probably be Kasarova’s June 3rd solo concert with a Handel, Haydn and Ferrandini program.
But there’s more! Argentinean mezzo Bernarda Fink will do the opening evening, Halle opera house produces a new “Alcina” for the festivities (Andrej Woron directing – something I can’t really imagine yet, but hey, there will be puppets and machines and magic at least), Kristina Hammarström stops by for a concertant “Poro” and in the oratorio department, there’ll be “La Ressurezione” (staged!) at the original baroque theater of Bad Lauchstädt and Scarlatti’s rarely polayed “Martirio di Santa Teodosia” with Al Ayre Español. Also visting are Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset (with a staged ballet version of “Terpsicore”) and Wiebke Lehmkuhl of Zurich Agrippina fame for “Joshua”.
Full pdf preview here. The definite and full program will be out in December, which is also when ticket sales will begin. I can’t wait!