Music & Dance

WI | Events | May Festival

The Proms of Rheinmain

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The operas Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito, the performance Mozart Portrait in Percussion, the film Amadeus and a Mozart-themed breakfast are but a few of the many concerts and events that make up the 24-hour Mozart24 component of this year’s May Festival in Wiesbaden. As the region’s top opera, concert, performance and dance festival, it will once again shine with a sophisticated and international programme. Tannh.user, Salome and Don Giovanni stand out for their excellent casting. The dance section likewise promises an internationally acclaimed line-up such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaouni, Hofesh Schechter and Ang.lica Liddell. The May Festival is hence rightly considered to be one of the three classic highlights of the region, right up there with the Frankfurt Opera and the Rheingau Music Festival.

F | Opera | Oper Frankfurt

Opera House of the Year

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Renovation, relocation, new construction? Frankfurt‘s opera house is always the talk of the town. All the more because the opera recently received the annual Opera House of the Year award for the fourth time. No doubt, Oper Frankfurt is among the highest ranking in Germany while under the direction of Bernd Loebe, who took over in 2002. The mix of programmes is excellent: H.ndel’s operas, an exquisite Merry Widow, and Verdi, of course, as well as many contemporary works. The permanent ensemble, built around Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Claudia Mahnke and Kihwan Sim, as well as the General Music Director Sebastian Weigle are complemented by such celebrated invited artists as Brenda Rae and Źeljko Lućić. What’s more, even passers-by without a ticket can enjoy the high quality of the performances by loudspeakers mounted outside the building.

HG | Music | Kronberg Academy

The Young Menuhins

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Kronberg is a small but affluent suburb of Frankfurt, located at the foot of the placid Taunus ridge. Formerly known for its artists’ colony of painters, which remains to this day, the cultural gem of today is the Kronberg Academy. The school is a veritable mill for young musical talents, offering highlevel violin and cello master classes and captivating audiences with small-but-fine classical concerts. This year, too, five famous virtuosos and educators Ana Chumachenco, Mauricio Fuks, Mihaela Martin, Gerhard Schulz and Pavel Vernikov will be giving violin lessons to students coming from all over the world. Every two years, the Kronberg Academy Festival also enchants the audience with a special musical firework, this year in the focus: Ludwig van Beethoven (Sep–Oct 2019).