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26 July – 31 August

Also in his second season Markus Hinterhäuser arranged for a scenic production as part of the ‘Continents’ series: Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera Luci mie traditrici directed and designed by the German artist Rebecca Horn in the Kollegienkirche – used once more for Festival productions – and lit by Beat Furrer with great musical sensitivity.

Another famous artist, Daniel Richter, added creative elements to Johan Simons’s production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Likewise, intense visual impressions were conveyed by Christian Schmidt’s localization of Don Giovanni in the woods, through which Claus Guth let his villain stray. Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito produced a convincing interpretation of Antonín Dvořák’s fairytale opera Rusalka.

Outstanding in the straight drama programme was Andrea Breth’s adaptation of Dostoievsky’s Crime and Punishment with Jens Harzer, Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Udo Samel. And the pianist Alfred Brendel gave his last solo recital at the Festival, with which he had been associated since 1960.