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Autumn
1996 Bill Clinton is reelected as president of the United States of America.
Dolly, the first cloned sheep, is born in Scotland.
In Vienna the new spelling reform is approved and signed
and
in Linz a few musicians get together and found a new orchestra:
L’Orfeo Barockorchester

The first rehearsal

October
Searching for a homogenous (string)sound we decide to invest a lot of time in rehearsals only for the violins. We worked at Benedikt Aufschnaiter’s Serenades and lo and behold, it paid off!

When we decided on the name of the orchestra we of course thought about Orfeo’s music. His music contained the whole scope of emotions, from moving to grim. It was our clear ideal to transport this with our instruments.
Michi Gaigg, 2005

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg 

The first concert & the first invitation to a festival

10 November | Linz, Schlossmuseum
14 November | Herne, Kulturzentrum | Tage alter Musik, Concert series of the West German Radio, opening concert
„Music for prince-electors and bishops“
with Carin van Heerden, oboe; Hans Georg Wimmer, baritone
Works by Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter, Agostino Steffani, Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Christoph Pez and Georg Muffat

The first broadcast
The West German Radio broadcasts the live performance 

1 December | Tübingen, Stiftskirche
Claudio Monteverdi: Marienvesper

The first Christmas Oratorio

14 & 15 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

22 January
The „Friends of L‘Orfeo e.V.“ is founded

My first encounter with Michi Gaigg was in January 1994. She held a course for amateur musicians and I was very tempted to get to know this fascinating woman and musician better. I delved into Michi’s music, found all recordings of her orchestra at the time (L’Arpa Festante), attended her concerts and became entranced by this sound. The special thing about it was that I could benefit and grow in my own playing. In July I decided to join the organisation to actively support the newly founded L’Orfeo Barockorchester.
Theresia Brombacher,  Assistant manager and minute taker of the „Friends“, July 2020

2 July | Seewalchen, Pfarrkirche Schörfling | Kulturforum
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Hubert Hoffmann, theorbo;  Johannes M. Bogner, harpsichord
Works by Johann Wilhelm Hertel, Henry Purcell, Solomon Eccles, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer und Georg Christoph Wagenseil

Our collaboration with soprano Emma Kirkby commences 

4 July | Maulbronn, Klosterkirche
5 July | Hannover, Orangerie | Festwochen Herrenhausen
7 July | Greifswald, Dom St. Nikolai
Emma Kirkby, soprano; Hubert Hoffmann, theorbo
Works by Johann Wilhelm Hertel, Thomas Augustine Arne, Henry Purcell, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Georg Friedrich Handel 

As one of your earliest collaborators I have tender memories of our concerts together, and of recording some of Johann Christian Bach’s striking and beautiful motets with Markus Schäfer and your special rococo instrumental colours.
I loved working with Michi and all of you; it was serious music- making but always with a light and original touch.
Apart from the J C Bach sessions, two other memories stand out for me: one was of our programmes of suites from Rameau, where I could listen to your amazing sounds, and then just join in with an aria from time to time: my favourite was “Tristes Apprêts”, with the touching and magical sound of 4 lamenting fagotti!:
and the other was my amazement, after our concerts together in North Germany, to see so many of you pack yourselves into the bus, driven by the wonderful Charlie, to travel overnight all the way back from Greifswald to Linz, most of you intending to be at work the next morning! Such stamina then, and such eminence now: long may this journey continue!
Emma Kirkby, soprano, June 2020

13 December | Marburg, Stadthalle
14 December | Frankfurt, Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks | hr-Lunchhour concert
Emma Kirkby, soprano; Carin van Heerden and Ales Rypan, recorder
Works by Johann Christoph Wagenseil, Thomas Augustine Arne, Johann Christoph Pez, Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frederic Handel

I first met Michi Gaigg in 1995. At the time I had a small agency for ensembles specializing in Early Music and I was looking for a Baroque orchestra. Michi told me that she was considering founding a new orchestra. I had good contacts with a promoter in Marburg who was interested. She complied, Michi complied, the promoter complied and although there has never been any collaboration there was enough trust on all sides. It was the beginning of a musical journey from Baroque to early Romantics which has now lastet 25 years. Michi, Carin, all musicians: please continue and grant us many more beautiful and moving musical experiences.
Wolfgang Loepthien, sound pedagogue, June 2020

20 & 21 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

The first CD production

Aufschnaiter Serenades

Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter: Serenades (cpo)

Pleasant and well crafted, this is attractive music. The playing of concertmaster Gaigg and her colleagues is fine, with lightly sprung rhythms and clean ensemble.
Fanfare 8/98

It all started with Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter in 1996. The exciting journey continued through the 18th and 19th centuries up to Mendelssohn and Schubert. It included chamber music and exhilirating opera premieres. 25 years L’Orfeo means 25 years of collaboration with cpo and 25 magic CD productions.
Burkhard Schmilgun, cpo-director Artists & Repertoire, June 2020

👑 Fono Forum CD Choice of the month

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

24 June | Passau | Europäische Festwochen
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Thomas Augustine Arne a.o.

I love the French composers because they deal with colours so beautifully. Jean-Philippe Rameau is the greatest among them. He emancipates the winds, bassoons are treated individually for the first time. This changes everything and adds magic to the orchestral sound
Michi Gaigg, Kirchenzeitung 2013

The first opera 

13 to 23 August | Linz, Stift Wilhering
Coproduction with the Opera da Camera Linz; conductor: Will Mason; stage director: Henry Mason
Georg Friedrich Handel: Agrippina

26 & 27 September | Maulbronn, Klosterkirche
Emma Kirkby, soprano; Melanie Poulsen, mezzo soprano; Charles Humphries, alto; Julian Podger, tenor; Stephen Varcoe, bass; Maulbronner chamber choir; conductor: Jürgen Budday
George Frederic Handel: Jephta, Oratorio 

29 October | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal
„Now and then“
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Ignaz Holzbauer, Calliope Tsoupaki and Jean-Philippe Rameau

22 November | Tübingen, Stiftskirche
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem 

20 December | Linz, Minoritenkirche
Chamber choir of the Bruckner Conservatoire Linz; conductor: August Humer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

L‘Orfeo goes viral: we join the world wide web

25 March | Barcelona, Palau de la Musica Catalana
Véronique Dietschy, soprano
Works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter and Jean-Philippe Rameau

9 & 10 July | Passau | Europäische Festwochen
conductor: Martin Steidler
George Frederic Handel: Acis, Galatea e Polifemo (concert performance) 

11 August to 5  September | Linz, Stift Wilhering
Coproduction with the Opera da Camera Linz. conductor: Will Mason, stage director: Henry Mason
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Platée, Comédie-lyrique

The first day of rehearsals coincided with the last complete eclipse of the sun seen in Europe. Since we were not rehearsing in the morning yet we drove out from Passau to Lambach to watch this spectacle. Unfortunately it was rather overcast on the day and we only had a short glimpse when the clouds passed. Butt he whole atmosphere was stunning: all of a sudden it became quiet and dark, the clouds had a peculiar and rare colour. Afterwards we drove back, rehearsed Platée and had great fun. In our German version of the opera there were sentences like: „It all depends/ on the woman/oh for sure!
Nikolaus Broda, bassoonist, July 2020

25 & 26 September | Maulbronn, Klosterkirche
Sinéad Pratschke, soprano; Michael Chance, alto; Marc Le Brocq, tenor; Raimund Nolte, baritone; David Thomas, bass; Maulbronner chamber choir; conductor: Jürgen Budday
George Frederic Handel: Samson, Oratorio

24 November | Prague, St. Simon and Juda
25 November | Linz, Schlossmuseum
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Works by Georg Frederic Handel, Thomas Augustine Arne, Johann Christian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau

28 November | Frankfurt | Lunchhour concert at the Hessischer Rundfunk
Emma Kirkby, soprano; Markus Schäfer, tenor
Works by George Frederic Handel and Johann Christian Bach

4 & 5 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio 

31 December | Aigen-Schlägl, Abbey Schlägl
Cantoria Plagensis; conductor: Rupert Frieberger
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

2nd CD production

Georg Christoph Wagenseil: Symphonies (cpo)

This recording features a special authentic period touch: the traditional string ensemble has been augmented by a magnificent dulcimer, giving the whole production a distinctive Viennese flavor. This is a musically rewarding excursion down the byways of uncelebrated baroque music.
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Actually I never wanted to play pre-Classical music. In the meantime I am very grateful that this is how things turned out because we learnt an incredible amount: the Mannheim school, what went on in Vienna, in Paris, in Berlin, in Dresden. It was a different picture everywhere.
Michi Gaigg, Concerto 2003

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

10 & 11 June | Brühl, Schloss Augustusburg | Brühler Schlosskonzerte
12 June | Göttingen | Handel Festival
„Handel and his contemporaries at the Viennese court“
Constanze Backes, soprano
Works by George Frederic Handel, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter and Ignaz Holzbauer

Tensions and broken strings’ was the title of the crit’s review, completely oblivious of the tensions and dramas in the orchestra at the time though. The unfaithful lover sat on stage looking rather dishevelled; his new sweetheart was beaming at him in the audience, and the discarded damsel hat to play next to him, with tears running down her cheeks. Her sobs and sospiri blended with Holzbauer and Handel. And then, all of a sudden, there was a loud bang and one of Michi Gaigg’s violin strings had broke. She left in a hurry to fetch a new string from our dressing room backstage. And didn’t return… The orchestra sat, waited, and became a bit restless. And then it dawned on the bassoonist: he had the key to the dressing room in his pocket. Before he could run Michi Gaigg returned and addressed the audience: „Ladies and gentlemen, a terrible thing happened…“ And as if though this was his cue the bassoonist jumped up and ran outside…
Carin van Heerden, co-founder, recorder player and oboist, June 2020

Tour of Germany during Bach’s anniversary year 2000

13 July | Maulbronn, Klosterkirche
14 July | Kloster Eberbach | Rheingau Festival
15 July | Rendsburg, Christkirche
16 July | Ratzeburg, Dom | Schleswig-Holstein-Festival 
Emma Kirkby, soprano; Klaus Mertens, bass; Carin van Heerden, oboe d’amore
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

30 October | Klagenfurt, Konservatorium
31 October | Linz, Schlossmuseum
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Johannes M. Bogner, harpsichord
Works by Anton Fils, Stefan Thomas, György Ligeti and Antonio Vivaldi

9 December | Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau

3rd CD Production

Ignaz Holzbauer: Symphonies (cpo)

Michi Gaigg brings out all the flavor of these symphonies, with strong, piquant accents.
Fanfare 5

👑 Classic today 10/10

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

Tour with tenor Christoph Prégardien

30 January | Prague, St. Simon and Juda
31 January | Vienna, Konzerthaus
2 February | Tübingen, University, Aula
3 February | Cologne, WDR Funkhaus | WDR 3 Nachtmusik live
Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert arias for tenor and orchestra

For the encore Michi and Christoph chose a short, comical scene in which a capitano pretends to be a dottore. With astounding pomposities he asks for the hand of the daughter of the rich Don Timoteo. The latter hardly gets a word in except for a few short and rather frightened replies. Anyhow, for this role we needed an extra soloist, a bass singer. I was asked if I saw fit to take over this role. I had a look at the score and said yes, I would! Of course I got cold feet and prayed that there would be no encoreand silently implored the audience not to be too enthusiastic. Well it was all in vain. The encore piece started. I played the bassoon for the first bars and when my cue came I got up and sang ‚Caro Signor Dottore, lasciate almen ch‘anch‘io vi dica una ragion….‘ . I know that I will never become a singer in this life but oh, it was such a roar!
Nikolaus Broda, bassoonist, July 2020

8 April | Linz, Minoritenkirche
9 April | Vöcklabruck, Schöndorfer Kirche
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Georg Philipp Telemann: Das selige Erwägen, Passions-Oratorium, 

Michi Gaigg leaves the position of the concert master. From now on she plays the first violin from the conductor’s position

30 June | Zlata Koruna (CZ), Klosterkirche
Europäisch Festwochen Passau
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Antonio Vivaldi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

L‘Orfeo turns five years old – first birthday tour 

20 July | Oberstorf | Musiksommer
21 July | Benediktbeuren, Kloster
22 July | Steinhausen, Dorfkirche
24 July | Linz, Arkadenhof des Landhauses
25 July | Seewalchen am Attersee, Schloss Kammer
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Anniversary concerts with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jean-Philippe Rameau

When an orchestra has survived the first five or six years it starts shaping its own profile. Michi Gaigg, Kirchenzeitung 2013

25 November | Regensburg, Dreieinigkeitskirche
Claudio Monteverdi: Marienvesper

Monteverdis Marienvesper! The Regensburger Kantorei sang, Michi was concert master and Christian Kroll conducted. If I remember correctly this was the project where the conductor fell from his podium right at the start of the rehearsals and continued conducting, suffering incredible pain with a broken collarbone.
Johanna Weber, viola player, July 2020

7 December | Salzburg, Universität, Große Aula
8 December | Heidenheim, Waldorfschule, Aula
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Hubert Hoffmann, theorbo
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Friedrich Fasch and Johann Sebastian Bach

15 & 16 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

4th CD production

Johann Christian BachJohann Christian Bach: Salve Regina (cpo)

Emma Kirkby, soprano; Markus Schäfer, tenor

The orchestra is a delight to hear, a finely tuned and ideally balanced ensemble whose playing gives real drive and support to the singers.
classicstoday.com

👑 Choc de Classica
👑 Choc Le monde de la Musique

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

April

Julia Faßbender-Fiegl takes care of our junk food. From now on we also have fruit and nuts on the L’Orfeo counter.

27 & 28 April | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: B minor Mass

L‘Orfeo expands: Nikolaus Broda (bassoon) takes over the inner organisation of the orchestra 

18 June | Brno (CZ)
Margit Übellacker, salterio
Works by Paolo Salulini, Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter, Georg Christoph Wagenseil and Ignaz Holzbauer

20 July | Bernkastel-Kues, Abbey Machern | Mosel-Festwochen
21 July | Mühlhausen, Divi-Blasii-Kirche | MDR-Musiksommer 
„Johann Sebastian Bach and his cities“
Emma Kirkby, soprano; Carin van Heerden, oboe d’amore

First tour of South Africa

2 to 21 August
Concerts and master classes in Cape Town, Pretoria, Stellenbosch
Carin van Heerden and Andreas Helm, recorder; Nikolaus Broda, bassoon; Johannes M. Bogner, harpsichord
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ignaz Holzbauer, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Georg Frederic Handel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Henry Purcell and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

First collaboration with the violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch 

10 September | Wiesloch, Kulturzentrum
14 September | Benediktbeuern, Abbey
15 September | Waldhausen (NÖ), Pfarrkirche
Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and director, Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi und Georg Philipp Telemann

L’Orfeo Baroque welcomed me with open arms when we were joined by Telemann, and a project to record all the violin concertos by him. Michi and the team were like a family, and the music making reflected this warmth and commitment to each other and the music. I loved every minute working with them, and miss them all very much. They made the experience of recording fun, challenging and of a wonderfully high standard – recording is really a refined form of torture, but not with these lovely people.
Elizabeth Wallfisch, violinist, June 2020

30 October | Linz, Schlossmuseum
31 October | Schlierbach, Abbey
Jan Krigovsky, double bass
Works by Carl Ditters by Dittersdorf und Leopold Mozart

8 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Tour with the Vocal Ensemble Zürich and Peter Siegwart

14 December | Lutry, Temple
15 December | Luzern, Matthäuskirche
16 December | Zürich, St. Peter
Carin van Heerden, recorder; conductor: Peter Siegwart
Works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Peter Siegwart

It all fitted together beautifully: it was a cosy summer evening, 20 years ago, in one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Germany. There I heard Carin van Heerden playing for the first time and I promptly predestined her as recorder player per se… I then traveled to Salzburg, this time it was cold and wet in the winter of 2001, to hear the L’Orfeo Barockorchester which had been founded by her and Michi Gaigg a few years before. The encounter was overwhelming …- the programme that we conceived of in the night after the concert mirrored the occasion: it was the canny mix of the orchestra’s freshness, the directness and freedom of expression, the enjoyment of risk. The programme was new to all of us and we called it „Pastorale“. It was performed a year later in concert.  It included early and new music composed for and inspired by both ensembles.
Peter Siegwart, composer and conductor, June 2020

5th CD production

Anton Fils: Symphonies (cpo)

Thankfully, Michi Gaigg and L’Orfeo Barockorchester make a case for this forgettable music with lively, attentive playing in excellent recorded sound.

classicstoday.com

👑 Le Monde de la Musique

 

 

 


6th CD production

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert Arias for Tenor (cpo)

Christoph Prégardien, tenor

Si Christophe Prégardien répond parfaitement aux ardeurs enfantines, L’Orfeo Barockorchester de Michi Gaigg semble avoir reçu comme Mozart le don de la profondeur en apesanteur. Un art du jeu gorgé de farces sérieuses, dans la ligne d’un Harnoncourt.
Florence Gaillard, Le Temps

👑 Fono Forum
👑 Awarded the Pasticcio prize in Radio Österreich 1
👑 Choc Le Monde de la Musique
👑 Choc de Classica

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

Michi Gaigg becomes artistic director of the festival donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau.
The L’Orfeo Barockorchester becomes the orchestra in residence and regularly performs for opera productions.

It was during the Spring of 2002 when Walter Edtbauer, the president of the donauFESTWOCHEN, gave me a call. They were looking for a new artistic director for the festival. First of all I was rather sceptical, I had more than enough on my plate with the orchestra, organisation, teaching and family. We nevertheless made an appointment and met in Grein to have a look at all the venues strewn all over the countryside. I will never forget this day: beaming sunshine, blue skies, blossoming fruit trees, the flowing Danube… and then all these exquisite venues! These are film scenes really! Or the stuff that dreams are made of. In a word, I was smitten! Since then we produce operas in this awesome ambience.
Michi Gaigg, conductor and artistic director of the donauFESTWOCHEN Grein, January 2021

Januay
L‘Orfeo expands: the dramaturg Christian Moritz-Bauer joins the team to take over our concert programming

29 & 30 March | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; Conductor: Ernst Hagerer
George Frederic Handel: Belshazar, Oratorio

14 April | Hall in Tirol, Stiftskiche | Easter Festival
15 April | Prague, St. Simon and Juda | Prague Spring Festival
16 April | Salzburg, University, Aula

Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Georg Philipp Telemann: Das selige Erwägen, Passions-Oratorium

1 to 6 May | Schwetzingen, Rococo theater in the castle | Schwetzinger Festival
Anna Korondi, soprano; Gunther Schmid, baritone; Maria Rodriguez, soprano a.o. conductor: Christoph Spering; stage director: Georges Delnon
Ignaz Holzbauer: Il Figlio delle Selve, Favola pastorale

17 May | Schwetzingen, concert hall | Schwetzinger Festival
„Project Mannheim School“
Carin van Heerden, oboe; Christian Binde and Jörg Schulteß, horn
Works by Ignaz Holzbauer, Christoph Wagenseil, Anton Fils, Antonio Rosetti and Franz Anton Dimmler

9 June | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | Early Music Festival
„Premiere“
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Christoph Wagenseil and Jean-Philippe Rameau

Tour of Austria with Elisabeth von Magnus, soprano

15 June | Murau (Styria), Abbey Murau
17 June | Vienna, Musikverein
18 June | Gmunden, Civic theatre
Elisabeth von Magnus, soprano; conductor: Simon Schouten
Works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Joseph Haydn and Georg Anton Benda

This really was a family concert as my husband was conducting and my daughter had a small speaking role in this programme. Apart from that though it was a very fine and enjoyable project with the L’Orfeo Barockorchester. I had a special challenge as singer in Haydn’s „Arianna“ and as speaker (together with the actor August Zirner) in Benda’s melodram „Ariadne auf Naxos.“
My husband and I searched for a thunder sheet before the project started and landed up in a DIY shop in Holland, much to the salesman’s surprise when we tried out various specimens. The concert in the Musikverein in Vienna was a memorable occasion: I omitted a few words from my text, my husband promptly reacted with a single gesture of the hand and the whole orchestra „jumped“ to be with me again. Long after this concert we still marveled at the fact that a whole group would unanimously respond like this.
Elisabeth von Magnus, mezzo soprano, July 2020

19 June | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
20 June | St. Wolfsgang, Stiftskirche | Kirchenmusiktage
22 July | Linz, Arkadenhof des Landeshauses
23 July | Seewalchen am Attersee, Schloss Kammer
„Nature and Creation“
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Nils Wieboldt, violoncello
Works by Joseph Haydn, Jean-Féry Rebel and Antonio Vivaldi

Coup de Théâtre! : Opera in the castle Greinburg

from 9 August | Grein, Castle Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau   
Alfred Pesendorfer, bass; Matthias Helm, baritone; Katerina Beranova, soprano; Maximilian Kiener, tenor; a.o.,; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Andrea Haupt
Georg Philipp Telemann: Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho

When Michi Gaigg became artistic director of thedonauFESTWOCHEN and was presented with the opportunity to produce her first opera there (Don Quichotte by Telemann) she asked me if I would be interested in staging the production. What a question! We designed an oversized, rotatable windmill which could be used on both sides: one side was a multi-segmented construction with canvas depicting a windmill and the other side presented a lion’s head as coat of arms to Don Quichotte. Basilio, presumed dead, was lying on an old large wooden ladder and carried through the audience on stage etc. I generally don’t like preconceived and simple ideas but prefer to use what is already there. The children attending the opera workshop made hobby horses in all shapes and colours for the performances. The orchestra and all the heroes appeared with jubilation „on horseback“. As we didn’t have a choir and were unwilling to omit the few short passages in the score we asked the orchestra it they woud be willing to also sing. The first reaction was „Oooops!“. They agreed though and there were hilarious scenes in which the whole orchestra stood up, pointed with their bows to Don Quichotte, imitating swords, sang, sat down again and continued playing.
Andrea Haupt, stage director, June 2020

14 September | Augsburg, Rathaus, Goldener Saal
Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Antonio Rosetti, Josef Myslivecek, Leopold und Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Tour in cooperation with the Middle German Baroque Foundation „Graun brothers“

27 October to 2 November
Monika Frimmer, soprano; Carin van Heerden, recorder; Julia Huber, violin
Works by August Friedrich, Johann Gottlieb and Carl Heinrich Graun

8 December | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal
Works by Josef Myslivecek a.o.

13 & 14 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

7th CD production

Leopold Mozart: Symphonies (cpo)

The Austrian violinist Michi Gaigg and her orchestra (reinforced by bagpipes, a hurdy-gurdy and a salterio for the Peasants’ Marriage) play with spirited virtuosity, fine phrasing, and then again down to earth vibrancy. They convey an authentic verve of comedy not eschewing strands of the burlesque.
klassik-heute.com

👑 Klassik Heute choice
👑 American Record Guide choice

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

23 April | Stuttgart, Leonhardskirche | International Festival for Early Music Stuttgart
„Die Wandlungen des Johann Christian Bach“
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Works by Johann Christian Bach, George Frederic Handel, Thomas Augustine Arne and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

12 May | Augsburg, Rathaus, Goldener Saal | Deutsches Mozartfest, opening concert
„Dreiklang Mozart“
Christoph Hammer, fortepiano
Works by Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus und Franz Xaver Mozart

15 May | Augsburg, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche
Jörg Waschinsky, male soprano
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

29 May | Stuttgart, Leonhardskirche | Baroque Festival Stuttgart
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Works by Thomas Linley, Thomas Arne, George Frederic Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Christian Bach 

The first encounter with Nuria Rial 

31 May | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | International Baroque Festival, Melk Abbey
„Georg Muffat’s 300th anniversary“
Nuria Rial, soprano
Works by Georg Muffat and George Frederic Handel

27 June | Enns, Stiftskirche | Oberösterreichische Stiftskonzerte
Linzer Jeunessechor; conductor: Wolfgang Mayrhofer
Works by George Frederic Handel

5 July | Graz, Helmut List-Halle | styriarte – Music Festival Styria
„Eine kleine Nachtmusik“
Claudia Patacca, sopranoWorks by Joseph Haydn, Thomas Augustin Arne and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

30 July | St. Georgen am Attersee, Pfarrkirche | Attergauer Kultursommer
1 August | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
2 August | Oberstdorf, St. Johannes Baptist | Oberstdorfer Musiksommer
„ … mit Pauken und Trompeten“
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Johannes M. Bogner, chest organ
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel, Johann David Heinichen

18 & 19 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio 

First collaboration with the Tölz Boys’ Choir 

20 December | Essen, Philharmonie
21 December | Munich, Herkulessaal
Tölz Boys’ Choir; conductor: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

8th CD production 

Georg Philipp Telemann: Complete Violin Concertos Vol. I (cpo)

Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and director

The L’Orfeo Barockorchester is a real find in itself. Having never heard them play before, I was delighted with their sense of ensemble and intonation and the spirit with which they bring this music to life.
Kevin Sutton, musicweb-international.com

 

 

 

9th CD production

International Baroque Festival, Melk Abbey 2004 (ORF Early Music Edition)

Nuria Rial, soprano

Works by Handel, Aufschnaiter and Muffat

 

 

 

 

 

10th CD production

Josef Myslivecek: Symphonies & Ouvertures (cpo)

The most outstanding aspects of this album are the exuberant playing of L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Michi Gaigg …. The two dozen or so players in the ensemble ring out clearly and distinctly, with never an overly bright or unduly dull moment.
John J. Puccio, Classical Candor

👑 Le Monde de la Musique
👑 5 Diapasons
👑 hr2 kultur choice

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

First collaboration with the Regensburger Domspatzen (Boys’ Choir)

18 & 19 March | Regensburg, Dom
20 March | Munich, Prinzregententheater
Joanne Lunn, soprano; Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; Julian Podger, tenor; Manfred Bittner and Markus Volpert, bass; Regensburger Domspatzen; conductor: Roland Büchner
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John’s Passion

23 March| Salzburg, University, Große Aula
25 March | Hall in Tirol, Pfarrkirche | Easter Festival Hall in Tirol

Collegium Vocale Salzburg;
Johann Sebastian Bach: St John’s Passion

16 May | Regensburg, Kornmarkt, Alte Kapelle | Tage Alter Musik
Maria Espada, soprano
17 May | Prague, Rudolfinum | Prague Spring
Nuria Rial, soprano; Julia Huber, violin; Johannes M. Bogner, harpsichord
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel

It has always been an immense pleasure to me to make music with Michi Gaigg and her wonderful orchestra. On stage everyone is always highly attentive, we got on very well from the start. I treasure warm memories from our concerts which I am very grateful for! Michi Gaigg is also an incredibly warm-hearted person. I send heartfelt congratulations to her and her orchestra!
Nuria Rial, soprano, June 2020

25 June | Zwettl, Abbey | Organ Festival Zwettl
Elisabeth Ullman, organ
Works by Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Ignaz Holzbauer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

22 July | Passau, Schloss Fürsteneck | Europäische Festwochen Passau
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by George Frederic Handel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean-Féry Rebel and Antonio Vivaldi

In the meantime the orchestra has grown so large in the meantime that Michi Gaigg decides to put down the violin and conduct.

from 6 August | Grein, castle Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Barbara Kraus, soprano; Maximilian Kiener, tenor; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; a.o..; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Andrea Haupt
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Zaide, Singspiel

22 October | Vöcklabruck, Dörflkirche
23 October | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Martin Jopp, violin; Johannes M. Bogner, harpsichord
Works by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, György Ligeti a.o.

14 December | Lucerne, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum (KKL)
16 December | Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus
Tölz Boys’ Choir; conductor: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

17 & 18 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

19 December | Essen, Philharmonie
21 December | Munich, Herkulessaal
Tölz Boys’ Choir; conductor: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

14 March | Barcelona, Palau de la Musica
„Projecte Mozart“ – Mozart’s 250th anniversary
Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo soprano
Arias and symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I remember this concert well because of a very funny occurence. As encore piece we had chosen Cherubino’s aria, Voi che sapete. This was the first time that I sang this aria, I had changed from soprano to mezzo only recently. and was understandably quite nervous! The clarinetist started the introduction, but at half the tempo! Resulting chaos in the orchestra. How we all found together again I haven’t a clue, Michi Gaigg or someone else performed a miracle! I only consented to sing Cherubino again with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. And that was the end of the story.
Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo soprano, June 2020

18 March | Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Aufsess-Saal | Nacht der Alten Musik des Bayerischen Rundfunks
„Amor und Psyche“
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Josef Myslivecek, Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter and Antonio Vivaldi

26 March | Boswil (CH), Künstlerhaus
28 March | Liestal, Stadtkirche
50th anniversary concert of DRS 2 (Swiss Broadcast)
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter, Georg Matthias Monn, Georg Philipp Telemann, Ignaz Holzbauer and Georg Muffat

9 April | St. Pölten, Festspielhaus
cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Sacred music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2 May | Milano, Santa Maria della Passione
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Requiem settings by Michael Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

19 May | Schwetzingen, Rococo Theater | Schwetzinger Festival
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Linley, Thomas Augustine Arne, George Frederic Handel and Johann Christian Bach

5 June | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk
Nuria Rial, soprano; Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Joseph Haydn, Georg Philipp Telemann and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

L‘Orfeo turns ten years old – anniversary concerts

28 July | Oberstdorf, St. Johannes Baptist | Oberstdorfer Musiksommer
29 July | Seewalchen am Attersee, Schloss Kammer
30 July | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
31 July | Villach, Kongresscenter | Carinthischer Sommer
„Triad Mozart“
Chie Hirai, fortepiano
Works by Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus and Franz Xaver Mozart

The ensemble, our sound, that is the most important to me. Of course it is also essential to include ideas of the other players and make it fit.
Michi Gaigg, Concerto, 2003

23 September | Rüsselsheim, Stadttheater | Rüsselsheimer Festival for Early and New Music
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi

8 October | Moravska Ostrava (CZ) | St. Wenceslaus Music Festival
Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and direction
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky

4 December | Heidenheim, Waldorfschule, Aula
5 December | Linz, Brucknerhaus
6 December | Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus | Jeunesse
„Triad Mozart“
Chie Hirai, fortepiano
Works by Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus and Franz Xaver Mozart

11 December | Essen, Philharmonie
17 December | Cologne, Philharmonie
18 December | Bielefeld, Oetkerhalle
Tölz Boys’ Choir; conductor: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

19 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

22 December | Munich, Herkulessaal
Tölz Boys’ Choir; conductor: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

11th CD production

Ludwig van Beethoven: Mödlinger Tänze (cpo)

The sense is of an orchestra that sounds as though it is enjoying its work and is eager to share its own pleasure. One doesn’t often get the chance to hear these dances – and one certainly doesn’t often get the chance to hear them played so well, with both energy and sensitivity.
Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

25 March | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: St John’s Passion

17 June | Hannover, Festwochen Herrenhausen, Galerie
19 June | Ramsau, Pfarrkirche St. Sebastian
20 June | Mattighofen, Pfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt
„Nature and Creation“
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Jean-Féry Rebel, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Antonio Vivaldi 

6 July | Zagreb
8 July | Brunnenthal, Barockkirche | Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Muffat, Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

from 4 July | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Maximilian Kiener, tenor; Barbara Kraus, soprano; Dieter Kschwendt-Michel, baritone; a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Andrea Haupt
Georg Anton Benda: Romeo and Julia, Singspiel in three acts 

According to the preface to the libretto this Singspiel has very little in common with the famous tragedy with the same title.. In fact, Benda got rid of all gory details from the Shakespeare version. He proceeded likewise with all witty comments. In return the play ends with the two main characters well and alive. For our production we had a wooden construction designed with various levels. Our Romeo, a young and athletic guy, easily jumped and moved between these levels and the columned arcade. At the premiére though the wooden floor of the construction collapsed after yet another well-intentioned leap. Michi and the L’Orfeos stared at the stage with disbelief. Should we carry on or stop? Then the very charming Julia bent over to him and sang: „Romeo, are you alive?“ Romeo, still balancing on the ruined flinders, replied „Yes I am alive and I love you!“ We continued playing…. 
Carin van Heerden, co-founder, recorder player  and oboist, June 2020

16 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Musica Sacra
Domkantorei St. Pölten, cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
George Frederic Handel: Alexander‘s Feast or The Power of Music, Ode to St. Cecilia

October | L‘Orfeo expands: Iris Blumauer is now in charge of our communication and press 

28 October | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal
„Gluck and his time“
Symphonies and stage music

After some concerts in October and November and before we start the busy period of ,Jauchzet, frohlocket’ we made some recordings and afterwards celebrated the end of the recording sessions. The innkeeper was very generous in booking us an extra booth in his restaurant, spoiling us with drinks and eats and sending his daughter with her friend with their recorders to entertain us with Christmas carols. The L’Orfeos politely listened but after the third carol there was increasing tension as most of us tried to keep a straight face and not catch anyone’s eye for fear of losing our contenance. The carols wouldn’t stop. Then Carin’s quivering upper lip, Johanna’s chuckle, Martin’s formal clearing of the throat, and me considering a short prayer. It all didn’t help, the whole orchestra fell apart and screamed with laughter. The poor girls, these brave young pupils, stopped midway – and joined us laughing, in relief I believe.
Nikolaus Broda, bassoonist, July 2020

15 & 16 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

21 December | Vienna, Musikverein | Jeunesse
Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

12th CD production

Georg Philipp Telemann: Complete Violin Concertos Vol. 2 (cpo)

Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and direction

The slow movements are spellbounding with their gentle sound poetry, the fast movements are exhilirating with an irresistable drive.
Schwäbische Zeitung

 

 

 

13th CD production

Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer: Le Journal du Printemps op. 1 (cpo)

L’Orfeo Barockorchester offre une sonorité chaude et ample et bénéficie d’une remarquable prise de son. La façon dont le trio des hautbois se mêle aux cordes sans s’y fondre totalement est particulièrement savoureuse.
Philippe Gervais,
scena.org

👑 5 diapasons
👑 SUPERSONIC AWARD pizzicato.lu
👑 hr2 kultur Choice

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

11 May | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk
„Vienna – Paris en Route“
Carin van Heerden, oboe; Johannes M. Bogner, chest organ
Works by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Ignaz Holzbauer and Jean-Philippe Rameau

30 May | Augsburg, Jesuitengasse, Kleiner Goldener Saal | Augsburger Mozartfest
Christine Schornsheim, fortepiano
Works by Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Rosetti and Anna von Schaden

18 September | Eisenstadt, Castle Esterhazy, Haydnsaal | Internationale Haydn Tage
Haydn Symposium – „Frauen um Haydn…musikalische Berühmtheiten aus dem schönen Geschlechte“
Nuria Rial, soprano
Overture, symphony and arias by Joseph Haydn

2 December | Zell an der Pram | Jeunesse
3 December | Vienna, Konzerthaus | Jeunesse
Günther Voglmayr, flute
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

13 December | Salzburg, University, Große Aula
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

16 & 17 December | Malaga (ES), Cathedral | Fundación Unicaja
Bach during Christmas tide“
Alexandra Zamojska, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Markus Volpert, baritone;  Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg

L’Orfeo Barockorchester se ha convertido en una «formación de referencia» dentro de su repertorio, que abarca desde el Barroco alemán y francés a las sinfonías de la Drang Sturm, así como el clasicismo alemán y vienés.
diariosur.es

And by the way: „la entrada es libre“

21 December | Vienna, Musikverein | Jeunesse
Chorus sine nomine; Johannes Maria Bogner, chest organ; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
Bach Motets

The larger the work the less she plays, but this Michi Gaigg, I tell you, she is a living Geige (violin).
Johannes M. Bogner, harpsichord player, 2003

14th CD production

Georg Philipp Telemann: Orchestral Suites (cpo)

Carin van Heerden, recorder, oboe and direction

Yes, this is exactly how Telemann should sound. Here we have the perfect mix of drive in the passages strongly influenced by folk music and the necessary noblicity.
musikansich.de

👑 KLASSIK Heute 10

 

 

15th CD production

Rebel RameauJean-Féry Rebel: Les Elémens, Symphonie de danse; Jean-Philippe Rameau; Suite aus Castor et Pollux (Phoenix Edition)

Le génie de Jean-Féry Rebel éclate, livré dans sa modernité et sa fantaisie, à commencer par un Chaos qui vous cloue sur place. Michi Gaigg et L’Orfeo Barockorchester font respirer la musique, restituent sa dimension chorégraphique avec saveur et plénitude : vie, contrastes, fluidité, sens du mouvement et du théâtre, c’est l’imagination au pouvoir… et la version idéale pour découvrir ce chef- d’œuvre.
Séverine Garnier, France Musiqu

 

 

👑 BBC Radio 3
👑 5 Diapasons
👑 mdr FIGARO Das Kultur-Radio Choice

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

Carin van Heerden becomes artistic director of the concert series„Alte Musik im Schloss Linz“

The concert series existed already more than 30 years, L’Orfeo regularly performed there. When the founder, and our dear friend, Gustl Humer died Michi and I were asked if we were interested in continuing this long tradition. The idea was also to give L’Orfeo a regular opportunity to play in Linz. Michi decided that she had more than enough to do and so I took over from Gustl. Since then it has been a wonderful task to invite both unknown and renowned ensembles, local and international groups to come and perform in Linz Castle. And of course L’Orfeo still plays once a year.
Carin van Heerden, oboist, recorder player and artistic director of the concert series „Alte Musik im Schloss Linz“, January 2021

17 January | Rome, Sistine Chapel
Private concert for Pope Benedict XVI (celebrating the 85th birthday of his brother, former chapel master und church musician from Regensburg, Georg Ratzinger)
Simona Šaturová, Sopran; Stella Doufexis, Mezzosopran; Robert Buckland, Tenor; Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Bass; Regensburger Domspatzen; conductor: Roland Büchner
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Great Mass in c minor

I owe my most memorable and enchanting concert in the Sistine Chapel to the excellent L’Orfeo Barockorchester and its wonderful leader Michi Gaigg. It is not really possible to describe the experience in words: spending two days without tourists in this magic venue and playing such an amazing work as Mozart’s c minor Mass… To play „Et incarnatus est“, God’s incarnation, amid Michaelangelo’s frescoes makes one sense the connection between heaven and heavenly music. I still feel profoundly moved. How much beauty can mankind create?
Claire Genewein, flautist, July 2020

27 February | Meran, Kursaal
28 February | Brixen, Forum Brixen
Elisabeth Wimmer, soprano; Markus Brutscher, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
Joseph Haydn: The Seasons, Oratorio

18 March | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal
Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Anton Fils, Antonio Rosetti and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

22 & 23 March | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Kammermusiksaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
Olga Peretyatko, soprano; Michaela Adamcová, mezzo soprano; Matthias Paar, tenor; Kirlianit Cortés, tenor; Ernst Dieter Suttheimer, tenor; a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Thomas Mittmann
Gioachino Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino, Farsa 

29 May | Regensburg, Alte Kapelle | Festival for Early Music
Regensburger Domspatzen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Great Mass in c minor (conductor: Roland Büchner) and Linz Symphony (direction: Michi Gaigg)
Bavarian TV production 

20 June | St. Florian near Linz | Oberösterreichische Stiftskonzerte
Nuria Rial and Barbara Kraus, soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Reinhard Mayr, bass; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Joseph Haydn: The desert island, Opera in two acts

7 & 8 July | Linz, Zirkuszelt am Bergschlössl | Linz 2009 –  Europe’s cultural capitol
„Chaos and its element“
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Féry Rebel and Rudolf Jungwirth (first performance). Idea and concept: Peter Androsch and Michi Gaigg; direction: Joanne Leekam and Michi Gaigg

12 July | Vienna, Theater an der Wien
Nuria Rial and Barbara Kraus, soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Reinhard Mayr, bass; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Joseph Haydn: The desert island, Opera in two acts 

31 July | Oberstdorf, Katholische Pfarrkirche | Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, opening concert
„Paris – London: Joseph Haydn’s steps“
L‘Orfeo Wind Ensemble, direction: Carin van Heerden
Works by Joseph Haydn, Matthieu-Frédéric Blasius, Ignaz Pleyel and Johann Christian Bach

11 August | Salzburg, Felsenreitschule | Salzburg Festival
Marita Solberg, soprano; Ian Bostridge, tenor; Luca Tittoto, bass; Salzburg Bach choir; conductor: Marc Minkowski
Joseph Haydn: The Creation, Oratorio

14 August | St. Georgen i.A., Pfarrkirche | Attergauer Kultursommer
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Bernhard Berchtold, tenor; Daniel Schmutzhard, baritone; cappella nova graz; Domkantorei St. Pölten; conductor: Otto Kargl
Joseph Haydn: The Creation, Oratorio

12 September | Lucerne, Jesuitenkirche | Lucerne Festival
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Jean-Féry Rebel, Joseph Haydn, Antonio Vivaldi and Jean-Philippe Rameau

18 & 19 September | Eisenstadt, Castle Esterhazy, Haydnsaal | Internationale Haydn Tage
Nuria Rial, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano
Symphonies and arias by Joseph Haydn

17 October | Munich, Herkulessaal
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Joseph Haydn: The Creation, Oratorio

27 October | Salzburg, University, Grosse Aula
28 October | Wels, Stadttheater
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau

19 & 20 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

16th CD production

Joseph Haydn: Arie per un’amante (deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music)

Nuria Rial, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano

What an immense sensibility Michi Gaigg shows with every piece she conducts! For example these arias that Haydn composed for his mistress Luigia Polzelli: nothing is done merely for the sake of effects. On the contrary, the score is just read very carefully. In the process it is filled with an astounding freshness and elegance. Add the young soprano Nuria Rial with her impeccable intonation and her glowing timbre and total addiction sets in. An insurpassable recording!
Wiener Zeitung, 26 March 2009

 

👑 5 Diapasons
👑 Awarded the Pasticcio prize in Radio Österreich 1
👑 ECHO Deutscher Musikpreis Klassik 2009 Nuria Rial, Newcomer of the Year

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

8 March | Cologne, Philharmonie
11 March | Pamplona, Auditorium Baluarte
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Antonio Vivaldi and Jean-Féry Rebel

17 till 19 April | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Kammermusiksaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
David Park tenor; Trine Wilsberg Lund, soprano; Michaela Adamcova, soprano; Kirlianit Cortés and Moritz Gogg, tenor; David McShane, bass; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Thomas Mittmann
Gioachino Rossini: La Scala di Seta, Farsa comica

2 May | Stuttgart, Musikhochschule, Konzertsaal | Festival Stuttgart Barock
„The Tempest – Music after William Shakespeare“
Johannette Zomer, soprano; Johannes Bogner, chest organ; Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Henry Purcell, George Frederic Handel, Thomas Augustine Arne and Thomas Linley

The first concert in France

19 May | Poissy, Théâtre de Poissy
Nuria Rial, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano
Works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

We waited in Paris at the airport Charles-de-Gaulle, the bus didn’t arrive. Either it got stuck somewhere or got lost somewhere. Gloom was spreading. The very humble little hotel in Poissy didn’t really contribute to lift our spirits. This was the kind of situation in which Michi would be at her best, she literally lifted us out of our doom, two days later we were laughing about the whole thing.
Nikolaus Broda, bassoon, July 2020

2 July | Niederaltaich, Basilika | Europäische Wochen Passau
3 July | Erbach, Pfarrkirche | Burghofspiele im Rheingau
1 August | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Margot Oitzinger, alto; Christian Zenker, tenor; Barbara Kraus, soprano; Markus Volpert, bass; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in two parts

from 7 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Markus Volpert, baritone; Karina Locher, soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Barbara Kraus, soprano; Reinhard Mayr, Bass; a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Manuela Kloibmüller
Georg Philipp Telemann: Orpheus oder Die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe, musical drama 

I did so many productions over a long period that it felt like family. There is always a friendly artmosphere in this orchestra. Michi Gaigg isn’t only an incredibly musical person she is also a remarkable person, heartfelt and caring towards her colleagues. It never sufficed for things to work on a professional level, the human connection was essential. This never changed through the years. At my very first rehearsal with the orchestra (2010) I was very surprised to find a table with snacks and fruit during the break for everybody to help themselves. When I asked how this works I was told that there is a person in charge of junk food, someone who sees to it that there is always enough chocolate in the rehearsal breaks. The person in charge had recently changed and therefore we have more „healthy stuff“ now, like fruit..
Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano, June 2020

21 August | Innsbruck, Dom zu St. Jakob | Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik
„Johann Joseph Fux’s 350th anniversary“
Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Innsbruck Festival Chorus; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Joseph Fux: Missa Corporis Christia and Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Mass in g minor

12 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Musica Sacra
Domkantorei St. Pölten, cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Works by George Frederic Handel

18 December | Salzburg, University, Grosse Aula
19 December | Linz, Minoritenkirche
Collegium Vocale Salzburg;
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

17th CD production

Josef Myslivecek: Complete Wind Quintets & Octets (cpo)

Carin van Heerden, oboe and direction

The wind ensemble of the L’Orfeo Barockorchester, directed by the oboist Carin van Heerden, present the entertaining masterpieces with virtuosic charm and delicate sensitivity
Sixtus König, klassik-heute.com

👑 radio klassik Stephansdom CD Choice of the day
👑 BR Klassik

 

18th CD production

Haydn Die wüste InselJoseph Haydn: The desert island, Azione Teatrale (deutsche harmonia mundi)

Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Barbara Kraus, soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Reinhard Mayr, baritone; conductor: Michi Gaigg

Michi Gaigg found a coherent approach for this sparkling work. Her fine sense of the narrative flow shows in the Accompagnati. Musical gesture and dramatic action find a homogenous symbiosis. The “Island” is not presented here as a great opera, but rather as a light Divertissement. And that might be the correct approach. Gaigg’s vocal ensemble is young and approaches this work with a refreshing ease. […]
Andreas Friesenhagen, Fono Forum

👑 kulturradio rbb CD Choice of the week
👑 radio klassik Stephansdom CD Choice of the day

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

28 January | Maribor (SLO), Unionssaal
29 January | Gstaad (CH), Church Saanen Sommets Musicaux
Nuria Rial, soprano; Carlos Mena, alto; Andreas Helm, oboe
Works by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi, Benedetto Marcello and Arcangelo Corelli

18 & 19 March | Graz, Congress Centre, Kammermusiksaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
Moritz Gogg, bass; Elizabeth Hott, soprano; Gong Lianghua, tenor, a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Matthias von Stegmann
Gioachino Rossini: La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Farsa comica 

28 May | Innsbruck, Hofburg, Riesensaal | Abend Music – Lebensmusik
29 May | Kufstein, Festung Kufstein, Kaiserturm
„Telemann – Wassermusik“
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Jean-Féry Rebel

13 June | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | 20th anniversary of the festival Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk
„Austrian pre-Classics“
Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano; Wim Becu, trombone
Works by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Ignaz Holzbauer and Joseph Haydn

I must have been in my mid-twenties when I traveled from Graz to Linz to do an audition for Michi Gaigg. I was extremely nervous! I will never forget her words. She said: „Nice that you came but why on earth would you want to do an audition for me?“ At the time I felt rather discouraged  but in retrospect it is quite interesting because many projects with Michi and her orchestra actually materialised, thank God!
Our joint projects fill me with such joy, I rarely feel so inspired and nurtured emotionally and musically! Michi and her colleagues put a lot of confidence in me, I learn lots and we laugh a great deal. What I always find so fascinating is how much one can achieve if you work with such good musicians. I have the impression that everything is possible with L’Orfeo!
As a singer one is in a unique position that you have the music as well as a text and thus a story to tell. And so we singers deal a lot with the pronunciation of consonants to be understood clearly. L’Orfeo can do this as well, playing with consonants! They don’t even need a text to tell their story in such an eloquent and clear way. Happy birthday to my absolute favourite orchestra!
Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano, June 2020

28 July | Oberstdorf, St. Johannes Baptist | Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, opening concert

L‘Orfeo turns 15 years old – First anniversary concert 

31 July | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
„In Italian style“
Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano
Works by Franz Schubert and Joseph Haydn

Fifteen years after its founding the L’Orfeo Barockorchester is regarded throughout Europe as one of the most significant ensembles playing on period instruments.
ORF

11 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Festival Musica Sacra
Domkantorei St. Pölten; cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
George Frederic Handel: Solomon, Oratorio

L’Orfeo turns 15 years old – Second anniversary concert 

4 November | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal
direction: Carin van Heerden
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann

17 & 18 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

20 December | Innsbruck, Congress Centre
Children’s concert, direction: Carin van Heerden
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: MIchi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

21 December | Salzburg, University, Große Aula
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

19th CD production

Georg Philipp Telemann: Orpheus oder Die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe, Oper in drei Akten (deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music)

Dorothee Mields, soprano; Markus Volpert, baritone; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Barbara Kraus, soprano; a.o.

Result: point, game and match to Gaigg.
Fono Forum, Matthias Hengelbrock, June 2011

 

 

 

20th CD production

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Five Symphonies (cpo)

L’Orfeo plays on period instruments with results that are well above average. The winds, horns especially, are pretty terrific, and they have some impressive solo licks. The string ensemble is clean and the tone generally attractive […] This is an important addition to the Gluck discography and definitely worth the collector’s attention.
Classics Today, David Hurwitz, 9 May 2011

👑 mdr FIGARO Das Kultur-Radio Choice
👑 radio klassik Stephansdom CD Choice of the day

 

21st CD production

Rameau Zais HippolyteJean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral suites from Zaïs and Hippolyte et Aricie (Capriccio / Crystal Classics)

[…] The result is once again contagious: Michi Gaigg and her „orpheic“ colleagues render these miniature orchestral dances with lilting enthusiasm and rhythmical precision and clarity. The long gone glitter and glory of life at the French court is vividly brought back to life […].
Attila Csampai, HIFISTATEMENT netmagazine, 15 June 2011 / stereoplay 26 May 2011

👑 hr2 kultur Choice
👑 mdr FIGARO Das Kultur-Radio Choice
👑 kulturradio rbb CD Choice of the week

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

10 March | Magdeburg, Opera house | 21st Magdeburger Telemann-Festtage
Markus Volpert, bass; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Julie Martin du Theil, soprano; Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Stefan Zenkl, baritone; a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Jakob Peters-Messer
Georg Philipp Telemann: Miriways, Opera in three acts

It’s already a while back since the production of Miriways and by now it’s water under the bridge (I have made many productions since). But I remember the production as being hectic and exciting. And also that we had little time to rehearse and strange rehearsal venues. And that this long and complicated work needed a coherent version. We all had a lot to do and Michi Gaigg was only able to join at the end. It all had to happen very quickly. Since the opera featured Persia Markus Meyer, the set designer, and I constructed a Baroque chariot-and-pole-system consisting completely of Persian carpets and patterns. The whole thing was very gaily coloured as you can imagine. During the third act there is a scene in which a house catches fire, a woman has to be saved from the flames. And so there had to be a hole in the carpet and this hole was subsequently put in the picture. At some stage a jovial leopard, which accompanied us as mascot throughout the opera, smoking a cigar, juggling and having numerous tricks up his sleeve jumped through this hole. I will definitely remember this production…
Jakob Peters-Messer, stage director, November 2020

Daniela Henzinger takes over from Nikolaus Broda, project management and administration 

10 June | Halle an der Saale, Dom zu Halle | Handel Festival
Nele Gramss, soprano; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Julie Comparini, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg
George Frederic Handel: The Story of Jesus, Suffering and Dying for the Sins of the World, Brockes Passion

7 July | Eisenach, Wartburg, Palas | Telemann-Tage, opening concert
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Carin van Heerden, recorder; Frank Arnold, speaker
„The comfort of Christians“
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann presented in dialogue with Martin Luther’s „Table talks“

4 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Christian Zenker, tenor; Margot Oitzinger, alto; Marelize Gerber, soprano; Markus Volpert, bass; Elisabeth Breuer, soprano;conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Manuela Kloibmüller
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Betulia liberata, Azione sacra in two parts

No earthly stage director could’ve done it better: at the very moment of the violins’ tremolo, the woodwinds’ lashing and some voice from the mob on stage asking, ,My lord, don’t you hear that ominous murmur?’ thunder and lightning lit up the sky. The timing of the premiere in the open air arcade of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ,Betulia liberata’ was perfect: as the last notes of the final chords faded away the first big drops fell from heaven. The period instruments of the L’Orfeo Barockorchester were saved in the nick of time.
Rainer Elstner, Wiener Zeitung, August 2012

Second concert tour of South Africa 

from 29 August to 13 September | Concerts and master classes in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch
Carin van Heerden, oboe and recorder
Works by Antonio Vivaldi, G.P. Telemann a.o.

23 September | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal | Brucknerfest
Markus Volpert, bass; Ulrike Hofbauer, sopran; Marie-Sophie Pollak, soprano; Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Stefan Zenkl, baritone; Susanne Drexl, mezzo soprano; Ida Aldrian, mezzo soprano; Matthias Helm, baritone; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Georg Philipp Telemann: Miriways, Oper in drei Akten (sem-staged production)

Michi, the L’Orfeo Barockorchester and I share a long-standing friendship. We have many shared memories of concerts and tours. After our opera performances in Grein Michi and Carin normally enjoy late nights outside, often way past midnight, philosophizing about all and sundry (and Bach), always well stocked with wine. To me these evenings were very special, not only because of the company, but also because Michi taught me here how to roll cigarettes. These were in fact the only evenings in the year that I ever smoked. I think, no, in fact I know, that there is no orchestra in the world that I know this well, no orchestra that I have performed with this often and no orchestra that knows me and my way of singing so well that I can do whatever I want without them batting an eye. Actually it is a bit like a family get together. Sometimes there is a new member, sometimes someone is missing but generally we are so close and connected that it is a kind of coming home to me.
Markus Volpert, bass-baritone, September 2020

26 October | Stuttgart, Liederhalle, Mozartsaal | David-Tage Stuttgart
Works by Franz Schubert and Johann Nepomuk David

10 & 11 December | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
Siri Thornhill and Trine Wilsberg Lund, soprano; Julie Comparini, alt; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in b minor

15 December | Salzburg, Ried, Jahnturnhalle
Kinderkonzert, director: Carin van Heerden

16 December | Salzburg, University, Große Aula
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi GaiggJohann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

18 December | Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal | Jeunesse 
Cornelia Horak and Margot Oitzinger, soprano; Julie Comparini, alto; Jan Petryka, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in b minor

22nd CD production

Georg Philipp Telemann: Complete Violin Concertos Vol. 4 (cpo)

Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and direction

Elizabeth Wallfisch presents an incredibly lively rendering – brilliant in the solo sections, agile in the tutti passages….
klassik-heute.de

👑 radio klassik Stephansdom CD Choice of the day

 

 

23rd CD production

Schubert Concert OverturesFranz Schubert: Symphony Nr. 5 and concert ouvertures (deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music)

Wonderfully lithe, laid-back and transparent […]. This orchestra has acquired a position of authority over the last 15 years in which they retained their enthusiasm yet still grow in expressiveness.
Florian Hauser, SRF2 Kultur

👑 Deutschlandradio Kultur CD Choice of the week
👑 mdr KULTUR Choice
👑 Awarded the Pasticcio prize in Radio Österreich 1
👑 Recommended by SRF2 Kultur
👑 radio klassik Stephansdom CD Choice of the day
👑 kulturradio rbb CD Choice of the week

24th CD production

Telemann Hoffnung des WiedersehensGeorg Philipp Telemann: „Hoffnung des Wiedersehens“ (deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music)

Dorothee Mields, soprano; Martin Jopp, violin; Carin van Heerden, oboe d‘amore

A delight from start to finish.
Nicholas Anderson,
classical- music.com

👑 Editor‘s Choice Gramophone
👑 BBC music CHOICE
👑 le choix de france musique
👑 5 diapasons
👑 radio klassik Stephansdom CD Choice of the day

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

Euridice, Orfeo’s younger sister, appears on stage.
Michi Gaigg and Carin van Heerden found a student Baroque orchestra at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz

22 Februar | Eggenfelden, Theater an der Rott
Armin Gramer, alto; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Fritz Spengler, alto; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Benjamin Schad; choreography: Yasha Wang
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orpheus und Eurydike, Azione teatrale

… I think it was after the first stage rehearsal when two of the orchestral members approached me. I saw Michi Gaigg in the background and couldn’t quite fathom her smile, was she shy or did she have something up her sleeve? Only afterwards did Irealise that everything that happened during this project was conducive to our joint musical aim. If the orchestra members speak to the stage director it normally spells trouble, either someone is sitting against the light and the situation has to be improved or disaster is looming because a prop from the stage will no doubt fall into the orchestra pit…. but not in this case: the musicians were exceedingly friendly and asked very politely if I would consider allowing them to split the rehearsal: the first half only with the principal players playing while the others could actually sit and watch the action on stage and then swop with the rest of the orchestra after the break. I was incredibly pleased by the idea and so we continued this way. We all shared such intensity and fulfillment to find the exact expression, also occasionally leaving the beaten track, but always in search of the incredible beauty of the work. I am filled with gratitude and desperately hope that we can continue our work together in due time: three cheers on your birthday!
Benjamin Schad, stage director, June 2020

6 June | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal | Alte Musik im Schloss
Dorothee Mields, soprano

7 June | Schwetzingen, Rokokotheater im Schloss | Schwetzinger Festspiele des SWR
Sophie Karthäuser, soprano
Werke von Wolfgang Mozart und Andre-Ernest-Modeste Grétry

17 September | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Grosser Saal | Internationales Brucknerfest
„Haydn & Beethoven, devoutly“
Siri Thornhill, soprano; Barbara Hölzl, alto; Christian Zenker, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Vienna Chamber Choir; conductor: MIchi Gaigg

18 September | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
„Beethoven, devoutly“
Siri Thornhill, soprano; Barbara Hölzl, alto; Christian Zenker, enor; Markus Volpert; bass; Vienna Chamber Choir; conductor: Michael Grohotolsky

19 September | Eisenstadt, Schloss Esterhazy, Haydnsaal
„Haydn & Beethoven, devoutly“
Siri Thornhill, soprano; Barbara Hölzl, alto; Christian Zenker, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Vienna Chamber Choir; conductor: Michi Gaigg

20 September | Bonn, Stiftskirche | Beethovenfest Bonn
„Beethoven, devoutly“
Siri Thornhill, soprano; Barbara Hölzl, alto; Christian Zenker, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Vienna Chamber Choir; conductor: Michael Grohotolsky

6 October | Zurich, Kirche St. Peter | Festival Alte Musik Zürich
7 October | Innsbruck, Hofburg, Riesensaal | Innsbrucker Abendmusik
„To pastures new“
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry and Georg Philipp Telemann

8 November | Eggenfelden, Theater an der Rott
25 November | Wels, Stadttheater
„The art of Monsieur de Jélyotte“
Anders J. Dahlin, haute-contre; conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Benjamin Schad; Yasha Wang and Wallace Jones, dance
Suites and arias by Jean-Philippe Rameau

On the occasions I have had the privilege to work with Michi I can from the bottom of my heart express the joy that french baroque has inflicted the sound of the orchestra. Singing with such a relaxed string section is rare. They play with such purity and Fingerspitsgefühl in every phrase. It all becomes a natural flowing stream of pure magic. I can’t wait to sing with them again in Oslo next year.
Anders J. Dahlin, tenor, June 2020

21 December | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal
Childern’s concert, direction: Carin van Heerden

22 December | Salzburg, University, Große Aula
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

25th CD production

Betulia liberata Michi GaiggWolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Betulia Liberata, Azione Sacra in two parts (Challenge Classics)

Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano, Christian Zenker, enor, Markus Volpert, baritone, Marelize Gerber, soprano,  Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano, Barbara Kraus, soprano; conductor: Michi Gaigg

Gaigg resurrects the young Mozart’s Metastasio project

[…] L’Orfeo Barockorchester play with an attractive thrust and graininess, with solos well taken and horns ringing out gloriously […] a vivid and dramatic snapshot of this stage in the wunderkind’s astonishing development.
Gramophone, David Threasher, December 2013

👑 ORF / Ö1 Choice
👑 Nomination icma (International Classical Music Awards) 2015

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

21 March | Linz, Minoritenkirche | Musica sacra – Musik in Linzer Kirchen
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Carin van Heerden, oboe; Claire Genewein, traverso
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

23 March | Lutry, Temple
Dorothee Mields, soprano, Claire Genewein, traverso; Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

25 May | Brunnenthal, Barockkirche | Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer, opening concert
„Hanseatic-Habsburg connections“
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Matthias Georg Monn and Georg Philipp Telemann

9 June | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk
„Les Elémens“
Works by Jean-Féry Rebel, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach   

22 June | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal | Alte Musik im Schloss

22 June | Zell an der Pram, Schloss Zell, Freskensaal
„Learnt it all from him?“
Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Felix Mendelssohn and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

22 July | Nürnberg, Kaiserburg, Kaisersaal | International Gluck Opera Festival
„Gala concert“
Christiane Oelze, soprano
Works by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Niccolo Piccini, Giovani Battista Pergolesi and Jean-Philippe Rameau

2 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Soetkin Elbers, soprano; Annastina Malm, mezzo soprano; David Munderloh, haute-contre; Markus Volpert, bass;conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Manuela Kloibmüller
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pigmalion, Acte de ballet and Anacréon, Ballet héroique

My first expericence working with Michi Gaigg and L’Orfeo Barockorchester was as the Statue in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion.
The part basically consists of standing absolutely still on stage trying to look statuesque for about 25 minutes whilst the tenor is turning around you singing his heart out. Then you become alive, sing a couple of phrases and your part is taken over by dancers, unless you happen to be an accomplished dancer yourself. In addition, you are supposed to incarnate the most beautiful creature in the universe. In my case, it was outdoors in broad daylight, with me wearing a dress that was a bit short whilst surrounded by beautiful young dancers wearing a copy of the same dress. In brief, it was not the most comfortable part I had ever done.
But then, once the piano rehearsals were over, the orchestra arrived and everything changed. Despite many years of living and working in France I had never heard French music being played like this: the silvery, yet lush sound, the warmth of the tone, the generosity and depth of expression. With this, the challenge turned into pure pleasure of listening, being enveloped by this sound. Those 25 minutes of standing still on stage now seemed too little.
Since my Statue days I have had the privilege of working with Michi and L’Orfeo again. Every time I have been struck by the kindness, outstanding musicianship, friendship, respect, generosity and pleasure of music making that emanates from this orchestra. Michi’s kind and generous leadership is an inspiration. Apart from being a wonderful musical experience, working with Michi and L’Orfeo is also a wonderful human experience that I wish all musicians could have at least once in their life.
Annastina Malm, mezzo soprano, September 2020

Third concert tour of South Africa and Namibia

from 19 August to 2 September | Orchestral concerts in Windhoek and Swakopmund
Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel
Theodora in Cape Town and Stellenbosch; conductor: Barry Smith
Masterclasses in the Cape

7 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Festival Musica Sacra, opening concert
Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Josef Wagner, bass; Martina Daxböck, soprano; Domkantorei St. Pölten, capella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
George Frederic Handel: Joshua, Oratorio

Pre-Christmas concerts 

3 December | Wels, Stadttheater | Welser Abonnementkonzerte
4 December | Bruneck (I), Ragenhaus
5 December | Stäfa (CH), Reformierte Kirche
12 December | Frankfurt am Main, Kaiserdom
13 December | Dresden, Frauenkirche
„Le Retour de la Paix“
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Antonio Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti

19 December | Salzburg, Mozarteum, Großer Saal
Collegium Vocale Salzburg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

20 & 21 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

26th CD production

Georg Philipp Telemann: Miriways, Singspiel in three acts (cpo)

Markus Volpert, baritone; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Julie Martin du Theil, soprano; Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Stefan Zenkl, baritone; a.o.

Michi Gaigg possesses an insightful talent for examining the structures of scenes and making judgments about how best to realize them in performance. The tempi that she adopts are respectful of both the music and the singers’ abilities to execute it, and the elasticity of her conducting does not prevent her from applying a firm hand to passages in which the singers might be inclined to lose focus. The importance of conducting in Baroque operas is often downplayed, but Maestra Gaigg’s informed leadership is a vital component of the success of this performance.
Joseph Newsome, voix-des-arts.com

👑 hr2 kultur Choice
👑 Awarded the Pasticcio prize in Radio Österreich 1
👑 Opernwelt Choice

27th CD production

Händel JoshuaG. F. Handel: Joshua, Oratorio in three acts
Live recording of the  festival’s opening concert

Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Martina Daxböck, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, mezzo soprano; Daniel Johannsen, tenor, Josef Wagner, bass; Domkantorei St. Pölten, cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

15 January | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
16 January | Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal | Jeunesse
„Neverending circles – the waltz’ first blossoms“
Dance music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Lanner

Here in Austria we come from a tradition of the waltz. One takes liberties even in the space of one bar…. the result is a kind of flexibility in sound. If the question is if there are different sounds in different regions I would definitely agree. I find it comparable to the dialects, the wine, the food. It sounds and tastes different everywhere.
Michi Gaigg, Toccata 2005

20 February | Eggenfelden, Theater an der Rott
Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Bonko Karadjov, tenor; Hanna Herfurtner, soprano; Maria Weiss, mezzo soprano; a.o.;conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Seollyeon Konwitschny
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die verstellte Gärtnerin, Singspiel (German version of La finta giardiniera)

I notice, after intense focussing on works from the first Viennese school and also later music, that it is always very healthy to return to a Baroque sonata, to really see all the fine details again and to practice them.
Michi Gaigg, Concerto 2003

20 April | Munich, Herkulessaal | Musikerlebnis – Musik im Originalklang
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Carin van Heerden, oboe d‘amore; Claire Genewein, traverso
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

21 May | Regensburg, Dreieinigkeitskirche
22 May | Tage Alter Musik, opening concert
Yeree Suh, soprano; Gustavo Sanchez, tenor; Joachim Höchbauer, bass; Regensburger Domspatzen; conductor: Roland Büchner
Sacred works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4 June | Bad Arolsen, Evangelische Stadtkirche | Arolser Barock-Festspiele
19 June | Linz, Anton Bruckner-Privatuniversität, Großer Saal | Alte Musik im Schloss
20 June | Fürth, Kirche St. Michael | Fränkischer Sommer
„New pastures“
Nuria Rial, soprano
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

8 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Bonko Karadjov, tenor; Hanna Herfurtner, soprano; Maria Weiss, mezzo soprano; a.o.;conductor: Michi Gaigg; stage director: Seollyeon Konwitschny
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die verstellte Gärtnerin, Singspiel (German version of La finta giardiniera)

15 September | Linz, Brucknerhaus | Brucknerfest Linz
„The Mozart of the 19th century“
special feature: Trio Fortepiano
Works by Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

from 19 to 21 September | Schwangau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Hall of the Singers | Neuschwanstein concerts 2015
Works by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Our final concert in the Hall of the Singers in Neuschwanstein Castle was over, the final chords from Mendelssohn had faded away, Parzival and Lohengrin were on their own again, peering down from the walls into the empty hall. The security guards locked up the whole castle while we musicians rushed off to the closest pub. Nobody heard the desperate calls from Ludwig II’s bedchamber. Was the castle being haunted?
No. Michi Gaigg and Carin van Heerden had used the bedchamber as their dressing room. It was now locked, mark you from the outside. Nobody heard their shouts and hammering, the castle was completely deserted. Only much later did the local fire brigade free them from the fairytale castle.
Daniela Henzinger, viola player, June 2020

25 October | Lausanne, Opéra | Festival Bach de Lausanne, Concert d‘Ouverture
„Ouvertures, Chaconne et Cantates“
Yeree Suh, soprano; Wiebke Wighardt, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Matthias Winckhler, bass
Works by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Muffat

Au début nous étions des oiseaux rares. Mais aujourd‘hui, le phrasé baroque est entré dans les moeurs.
Michi Gaigg, La Liberté 2015

27 October | Milano, Conservatorio, Sala Verdi | EXPO2015 Milano
„Höfisch bis stürmisch“
Works by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach

It was no coincidence that Austria had despatched the L’Orfeo Barockorchester in 2015 to Milano to represent the country at the international EXPO. This ensemble deposited a very special visiting card from Austria in Milano. The L’Orfeo Barockorchester not only contributes to an awareness of our country’s tremendous musical history, but also courageously follows a vision. These excellent musicians, working under Prof Michi Gaigg, are highly qualified and motivated and will no doubt be wonderful ambassadors for Austria here and in the whole world for many years to come. Happy birthday and all the best for the next 25 years!
Dr. Josef Pühringer, former Provincial Administrator Upper Austria, July 2020

21 November | Salzburg, University, Große Aula | Salzburger Bachgesellschaft
„Heavenly pleasures“
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Carin van Heerden, oboe d‘amore; Marcello Gatti, traverso
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

2 December | Wels, Stadttheater | Welser Abonnementkonzerte
3 December | Vienna, Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal
„Barockes Dresden“
Carin van Heerden, oboe and direction; Hiro Kurosaki, violin and direction
Works by Johann Georg Pisendel, Antonio Vivaldi, Gottfried Finger and Johann Sebastian Bach

The founder and leader of this ensemble has been a lifelong friend in my life as a Baroque musician. It was her playing and her personality which actually inspired me 40 years ago to take up the Baroque violin and to focus on Performance Practice. Michi was my first teacher of the Baroque violin. I had the oppportunity to play in her first orchestra in Munich which was founded in the eighties (L’Arpa Festante) and here I experienced the first adventures in the field of Perfomance Practice!
Her musical background was twofold and quite ideal: first of all she learnt from Nikolaus Harnoncourt and then she was exposed to the ,Dutch school’ represented by Sigiswald Kuijken. The L’Orfeo Barockrchester ist the synthesis of this background, her own unsurpassable musicality, which is inherently Austrian, and the best young musicians, partly trained by her. It is simply world class!
To me it was a great honour and pleasure to work with L’Orfeo. In a way it was a kind of homecoming, back to my own roots.
Hiro Kurosaki, Baroque violinist, June 2020

12 & 13 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

19 December | Salzburg, Mozarteum, Großer Saal | Salzburger Bachgesellschaft
20 December | Linz, Minoritenkirche
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

For many years now we have done the Christmas Oratorio together. Michi is the only conductor not interested in a magnificent and royal rendering of the ,Großer Herr’ aria. To her mind this aria deals with the tender newborn baby. Michi conveys so many images that the orchestra is able to create nuances, thereby conjuring a liveliness and vividness. Really unique!
Markus Volpert, bass-baritone, September 2020

28th CD production

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Streichersinfonien Vol. 1Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Vol. 1 (cpo)

Some may wonder why the six works on this first of two discs were not recorded in numerical order, but it would be difficult to argue that this marvellous ensemble could have chosen a more dramatic opening than Symphony IV! … Buy this and start saving for the next installment!
Brian Clark,
earlymusicreview.com

👑 KlassikHeute Choice
👑 radio klassik Stephansdom Choice of the day
👑 hr2 kultur Choice
👑 Awarded the Pasticcio prize in Radio Österreich 1

29th CD production

Bach Kantaten Sopran soloJohann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas for solo soprano (Carus)

Dorothee Mields, soprano

The lightness and fluidity of these performances, technically impeccable without revealing any of the considerable effort behind that perfection, make one hope that more Bach sacred works will be on the group’s studio docket.
The Washington Post, Charles T. Downey, 6 May 2016

👑 BR Klassik Choice
👑 Forbes Classical CD of the Week
👑 KLASSIK.COM Choice

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

28 February | Cologne, Flora Köln, Am Botanischen Garten | Cologne Festival for Early Music
„Eine kleine Nacht Musick“
Johannes Silberschneider as Mozart
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

23 March | Salzburg, Mozarteum, Großer Saal
24 March | Maribor (SLO), Dvorana Union
Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, alto; Virgil Hartinger, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Stefan Zenkl, bass; Salzburger Domkapellknaben und -mädchen; Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew’s Passion

1 April | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal | Alte Musik im Schloss

3 April | Magdeburg, Gesellschaftshaus am Klosterbergegarten, Schinkelsaal
Internationale Telemann-Gesellschaft
„The cradle of Harmoniemusik“
L’Orfeo Wind Ensemble; direction: Carin van Heerden
Chamber music by Georg Philipp Telemann and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

12 May | Regensburg
Concert with the Regensburger Domspatzen

13 May | Regensburg, Dreieinigkeitskirche |Tage Alter Musik, opening concert
Yeree Suh, soprano; Dorothee Rabsch, alto; Uwe Gottswinter, tenor; Christof Hartkopf, bass; Regensburger Domspatzen; conductor: Roland Büchner
Joseph Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli, Symphony Nr. 30 and Salve Regina

16 May | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk
„Règne, amour“
Ina Siedlaczek, soprano; Anders J. Dahlin, haute-contre
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau

18 June | St. Florian, Abbey, Marmorsaal | Oberösterreichische Stiftskonzerte
19 June | Schwarzenberg, Angelika Kauffmann-Saal | Schubertiade
„Was belebt die schöne Welt?“
Daniel Behle, tenor
Overtures, Romanzes and Arias by Franz Schubert

26 June | Brunnenthal, Wallfahrtskirche | Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer
27 June | Innsbruck, Haus Vier Und Einzig | Innsbrucker Abendmusik
„Klingende Raritäten aus Tirol & Venedig“
Carin van Heerden and Philipp Wagner, oboe and recorder
Works by Gottfried Finger, Antonio Vivaldi, Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter and Georg Christoph Wagenseil

27 July | Nürnberg, im Reitstadel im Neumarkt | International Gluck Opera Festival
28 July | Villach, Congress Center | Carinthischer Sommer
Daniel Behle, tenor
Overtures and Arias by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Franz Schubert

6 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Markus Miesenberger, tenor; Anna Willerding, soprano; Ulrich Cordes, tenor; Maria Weiss, mezzo soprano; Michael Wagner, bass; Maria Weber, soprano; Euridice Barockorchester of the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität; conductor: Erich Traxler; stage director: Manuela Kloibmüller
Reinhard Keiser: Der geliebte Adonis, Singspiel in three acts

Working with L’Orfeo ist just pleausure, no toil. Making music on the highest level and maintaining interpersonal warmth, that is L’Orfeo! Losing a close friend shortly before an opera premiere: Michi and her team carried me through. The benevolence of Michi and Carin is the DNA of this world class orchestra!
Michael Wagner, bass, June 2020

11 September | St. Pölten, Dom
Miriam Feuersinger and Martina Daxböck, soprano; Hillary Summers, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Lukas Kargl, bass; Domkantorei St. Pölten; cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in b minor

22 September | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal | Brucknerfest Linz
„Contrasts: Bach for marimbas“
The Wave Quartet, marimbas Carin van Heerden, recorder
Harpsichord concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach and works by Calliope Tsoupaki and Kevin Volans

Michi Gaigg and I have known each other over a long period through our teaching at the Anton Bruckner Private University. We soon hatched a plot to do something together, admittedly unorthodox to combine my instrument (marimba) with a Baroque orchestra. Her enthusiasm and musical curiosity made this an unforgettably project to me. I felt musically enriched through the work at our recordings and concerts!
Bogdan Bacanu, percussionist, June 2020

7 November | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
Concert commemorating the demise of Nikolaus Harnoncourt

8 November | Linz, Landhaus, Steinerner Saal | Alte Musik im Schloss
Concert celebrating the orchestra’s 20th anniversary
Markus Springer, clarinet
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

20 Years of L’Orfeo. Michi Gaigg, joined by her orchestra members, has followed a distinctive path of excellent quality. She developed an own artistic signature, making a mark in our musical life, reaching far beyond the borders of our country.
from the official speech by former provincial administrator to Upper Austria Dr. Josef Pühringer

10 & 11 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

16 December | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
17 December | Salzburg, Mozarteum, Großer Saal
Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

9 April | St. Pölten, Festspielhaus, Großer Saal
Martina Daxböck and Barbara Zidar-Willinger, soprano; Markus Forster, alto, Bernhard Berchtold and Johannes Bamberger, tenor; Lukas Kargl and Markus Volpert bass; Domkantorei St. Pölten; cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Johann Sebastian Bach: St John’s Passion

27 April | Wels, Stadttheater | Welser Abonnementkonzerte 
Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Joseph Haydn

20 May | Schwabach, Stadtkirche St. Johannes und St. Martin
21 May | Nürnberg, St. Egidienkirche | Fränkischer Sommer, opening concert
Heidi Elisabeth Meier, soprano; Christoph Prégardien, tenor; Christian Immler, bass; Kammerchor der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
George Frederic Handel: Alexander‘s Feast or The Power of Music, Ode to St Cecilia 

1 June | Regensburg, Dom
2 June | Regensburg, Dreieinigkeitskirche | Tage Alter Musik, opening concert
Hannah Morrison, sopran; Dorothée Rabsch, alto; Michael Mogl, tenor; Johannes Weinhuber, bass; Regensburger Domspatzen; conductor: Roland Büchner
Joseph Haydn: St Cecilia Mass

29 July | St. Georgen im Attergau, Pfarrkirche | Attergauer Kultursommer
30 July | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
„con brio e spiritoso“
Carin van Heerden, oboe; Matthias Bartolomey, violoncello
Works by Joseph Haydn, Antonio Rossetti and Franz Schubert

The L’Orfeo Barockorchester belongs to the pillars of the Early Music scene in Austria. For 25 years now their relentless passion has lent a freshness and vividness to the music of the Baroque era and first Viennese school. I feel priviledged to have workedas soloist with this orchestra and hope for many happy returns of this opportunity.
Matthias Bartolomey, cellist, June 2020

10 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Festival Musica Sacra
Elisabeth Breuer, Martina Daxböck and Katharina Riegler, soprano; Anna Kargl and Patricia Holz, alto; Bernhard Berchtold, enor; Matthias Helm, bass; Domkantorei St. Pölten; cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
George Frederic Handel: Alexander‘s Feast or The Power of Music, Ode to St Cecilia

It is always a great pleasure working with L’Orfeo and Michi Gaigg. The orchestra emanates enthusiasm, warmth, passion and pure joy. I admire these qualities, combined with great musicality and stylistic knowhow.
Elisabeth Breuer, soprano, June 2020

25 September | Wels, Stadttheater
26 September | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
„Mendelssohn’s early symphonies“
Margot Oitzinger, mezzo soprano; Erich Traxler, fortepiano
Works by Felix Mendelssohn and Joseph Haydn

3 October | Rohrbach-Berg, Stadtpfarrkirche
Kultur im Mittelpunkt

4 October | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal | Alte Musik im Schloss
„Sweet hope – 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death“Dorothee Mields, soprano
Arias, cantatas and concertos by Georg Philipp Telemann

3 November | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal | Alte Musik im Schloss
5 November | Magdeburg, Gesellschaftshaus, Schinkelsaal | Magdeburger Sonntagsmusik
„Frösche, Krähen und Dormusikanten“
L‘Orfeo Wind Ensemble, direction: Carin van Heerden
Music for winds by Georg Philipp Telemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

15 December | Salzburg, Mozarteum, Großer Saal | Salzburger Bachgesellschaft
Collegium Vocale Salzburg;
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

16 & 17 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

30th CD production

Schubert Arias OverturesFranz Schubert: Arias & Ouvertures (deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music)

Daniel Behle, tenor

No one has played Schubert like this since Harnoncourt: defiant, with accented rhythms, and yet with a warm and soft sound, even beguiling if need be. The excellent woodwind section underlines these striking sound mixtures […]
Reinmar Wagner, Musik & Theater

👑 BBC music MAGAZINE
👑 kulturradio rbb CD Choice of the week
👑 SUPERSONIC AWARD pizzicato

31st CD production

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Streichersinfonien Vol. 2Felix Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Vol. 2 (cpo)

Rocking The Mendelssohn String Symphonies. […] Here comes a recording that’s not content with just playing the music beautifully. Instead, it jumpstarts these works and makes them transcend themselves. You don’t have to concentrate on the music, it grabs you by the lapel.
Forbes.com, Classical CD of the Week & The 10 Best Classical Recordings Of 2017, Jens F. Laurson, 3 November 2017

👑 mdr KULTUR Frische Musik-Alben
👑 Forbes.com – The 10 Best Classical Recordings of the Year

 


32rd CD production

Johann Sebastian Bach CembalokonzerteThe Wave Quartet L’Orfeo Barockorchester Bach Concertos (Sony) 

Virtuosic and captivating, a subtle and passionate relishing of all colours, a challenging adventure.
SWR Radio, Martin Falk, 24 October 2017

👑 kulturradio rbb CD Choice of the week
👑 SUPERSONIC AWARD pizzicato

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

18 March | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
25 March | Meran, Stadtpfarrkirche | Musik Meran
26 March | Brixen, Dom | Brixener Initiative Musik und Kirche
27 March | Salzburg, Mozarteum, Großer Saal | Salzburger Bachgesellschaft
28 March | Tamsweg, Pfarrkirche | Stille Nächte Lungau
Ulrike Hofbauer and Anna Willerding, soprano; Margot Oitzinger, alto; Virgil Hartinger, tenor; Markus Volpert and Rafael Fingerlos, bass; Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in b minor

To me the L’Orfeo Barockorchester is the paramount example of an experienced ensemble that has lost none of its vivacity, focussing on a natural musicality, embedded in historically performed practice. And apart from that the generous collegiality of this orchestra was always prevalent to me. Michi Gaigg’s support for her musical family impresses me no end. Ad multos annos!
Rafael Fingerlos, baritone, June 2020

from 2 to 5 May | Hohenems, Markus Sittikus-Saal | Schubertiade
Complete symphonies and symphonic fragments by Franz Schubert

I dream of the day that we have enough money to play Schubert.
Michi Gaigg, Concerto 2003

8 June | Linz, Landhaus, Steinerner Saal | Alte Musik im Schloss
9 June | Würzburg, Residenz, Kaisersaal | Mozartfest Würzburg
Residenz-Gala with dinner
„From Zero to Hero“
Daniel Behle, tenor
Arias and Overtures by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

27 July | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau, opening concert
Carin van Heerden, recorder and oboe, direction
Works by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Georg Philipp Telemann and Helmut Schmidinger (commissioned work)

4 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Silvia Frigato and Amelie Müller, soprano; Maria Weiss, alto; Christian Zenker, tenor; Reinhard Mayr, bass; conductor: Michi Gaigg; staging and video: Kobie van Rensburg
George Frederic Handel: Atalanta, Dramma per musica
(coproduction with the Handel Festival Halle 2019)

4 September | Ansfelden, Pfarrkirche | Auftakt zum Brucknerfest
„Happy Birthday Anton!“ Sacred music from Bruckner’s youth with Ensemble 1521; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Josef Aumann, Silvius Leopold Weiss, Leopold von Zenetti, Joseph Haydn and Anton Bruckner

What is typically Austrian in this music? Sometimes I think the more south one goes the darker the sound gets… some aspects become smoother, also a bit „messy”.
Michi Gaigg, Interview Toccata 2005

10 & 11 December | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
12 December | Vienna, Musikverein | Jeunesse
Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
Johann Sebastian Bach Christmas Oratorio

14 December | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
15 & 16 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Oh what a roar! It was in the church in Solln, Munich. The choir and the orchestra had already taken their positions, we were waiting for the conductor Hagerer and the soloists. I quickly checked the timps’ tension because the tuning often changed with the rising temperature in the church. Boom! Crash! The stand collapsed,…. exactly one minute before the famous solo entrance of the timps. Confusion broke out. I quickly ran into the vestry to find some substitute that I could use to balance the timps on….and found it: … a manger! I quickly moved baby Jesus elsewhere, carried the manger into the church, and voilá, it fitted… the concert started.
Paul Bramböck, timpanist, June 2020

33rd CD production

Cover Telemann Wind Overtures 1Georg Philipp Telemann: Wind Ouvertures Vol. 1 (cpo)

One thing is for sure: Telemann required considerable skills from the interpreters, and the performances by the wind players of L’Orfeo Barockorchester leave nothing to be desired. These are technically immacculate accounts of these five pieces, and the players deliver engaging performances, showing the qualities of Telemann’s compositions to the full. This is a delighful disc, which no Telemann lover, nor any lover of wind music, should miss. I am eagerly looking forward to the next recording of Telemann’s music for wind band.
Johan van Veen,
musica-dei-donum.org)

👑 Klassik Heute Choice
👑 Awarded the Pasticcio prize in Radio Österreich 1
👑 hr2 kultur Choice

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

24 February | Schloss Goldegg, Rittersaal
25 February | Wels, Stadttheater | Welser Abonnementkonzerte
„Music’s language“
Carin van Heerden, recorder; Erich Traxler, harpsichord
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel, Johann Friedrich Fasch and Helmut Schmidinger

14 April | St. Pölten, Festspielhaus, Großer Saal
Christina Gansch, soprano; Stefan Zenkl, baritone; Domkantorei St. Pölten, cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Johannes Brahms: German Requiem

18 May | Salzburg, University, Große Aula
19 May | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
„Deshalb schaut zu den Sternen….“
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Works by Joseph Martin Kraus and Joseph Haydn

25 May | Rothenburg, Reichsstadthalle | Fränkischer Sommer, opening concert
26 May | Schwabach, Stadtkirche
Nuria Rial, soprano and Jörg Dürrmüller, tenor; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Davide penitente, Cantata

8  & 9 June | Bernburg, Carl Maria von Weber-Theater | Handel Festival Halle
Marelize Gerber, soprano; Amelie Müller, soprano; Christian Zenker, tenor; Reinhard Mayr, bass; stage and video: Kobie van Rensburg
George Frederic Handel: Atalanta, Dramma per musica
(coproduction with the donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau)

L’Orfeo doesn’t only play with zest and drive, they also have a humorous and courageous approach. With whom else could one have such fun hunting digital sharks? One has to search long to find such a congenial partner. Our Atalanta production was great fun to me, I felt at home straight away with L’Orfeo. Thank you for the great collaboration. Am looking forward to Siroe even more!
Kobie van Rensburg, stage director, September 2020

12 July |  Ansbach, Neustädter Universitätskirche
13 July | Fränkischer Sommer
„The Life. The Light. The Way“
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
Arias and Concerti grossi by George Frederic Handel

19 July | Eisenach, Georgenkirche | MDR Musiksommer
„Best of Bach“
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Carin van Heerden, oboe d’amore
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas and concertos

27 July | St. Georgen im Attergau, Pfarrkirche | Attergauer Kultursommer
28 July | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Cornelia Horak, soprano; Ida Aldrian, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor, Matthias Helm, bass; Domkantorei St. Pölten, cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Felix Mendelssohn: Elias, Oratorio in two parts

from 3 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Robert Bartneck, tenor; Elisabeth Breuer, soprano; Anna Willerding, soprano; Annastina Malm, soprano; a.o.; conductor: Michi Gaigg;stage direction: Manuela Kloibmüller
Joseph Haydn: L‘incontro improvviso, Dramma giocoso

The L’Orfeo Barockorchester heralded a new era in the interpretation of opera at the Donaufestwochen im Strudengau. The musicians around Michi Gaigg convey the expressive and dynamic qualities of the music excellently, thereby inspiring the stage productions and underlining the affective narrative of the Baroque opera. This is due to the orchestra’s enormous musical scope, the enthusiasm of all the members and especially Michi Gaigg. The detailed tracing and understanding of stage characters demand sensitivity and strength, qualities that the orchestra personifies. In a way it is like a big family get together when the familiar faces arrive in Grein to go through thick and thin during two weeks in the summer. And not only do they have to achieve a lot musically: they deliver war cries between Don Quichotte’s windmills or tolerate sheet music falling from the stands when some blundering stage character stumbles through the orchestra, they give it all at every rehearsal, be it an extra rehearsal squeezed in, changed or extended. This lifeblood is the essence of the opera at the Donaufestwochen im Strudengau, this is what makes the festival rock.
Manuela Kloibmüller, stage director, June 2020

8 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Festival Musica Sacra
Cornelia Horak, soprano; Ida Aldrian, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Matthias Helm, bass; Domkantorei St. Pölten; cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Felix Mendelssohn: Elias, Oratorio

28 September | Linz, Pfarrkirche Hl. Familie
29 September | Schlägl, Stiftskirche | 800th anniversary of the Abbey Schlägl
Nicola Proksch, soprano; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Martin Achrainer bass; conductor: Ewald Nathanael Donhoffer
Joseph Haydn: The Creation, Oratorio

16 October | Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal | Pro Arte – Klassik für Hamburg
„In Love with Mozart“
Daniel Behle, tenor
Arias and Overtures from Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute and The Abduction from the Seraglio

The excursion with MoZart to the Elbphilharmonie was a highlight to me in 2019. Uncomplicated and fresh music making and everybody focussed on the same result. After our two joint projects with Schubert and Mozart I am looking to projects to follow.
Daniel Behle, tenor, May 2020

14 & 15 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

20 December | Salzburg, Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal | Salzburger Bachgesellschaft
21 December | Linz, Minoritenkirche | Musica Sacra

Collegium Vocale Salzburg;
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

34th CD production

Cover Mendelssohn IIIFelix Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Vol. 3 (cpo)

Don’t let Michi Gaigg’s lovingly turned accounts of Mendelssohn’s youthful experiments pass you by.
MusicWeb International, November 2019

👑 Nominated for the icma International Classical Music Awards 2020

 

 

 

35th CD production

Cover Behle MoZartMoZart – Zero to Hero (Sony Classical)

Daniel Behle, tenor

Buoyed by spirited and colourful support from Michi Gaigg’s period band, Daniel Behle confirms his high reputation as a Mozart lyric tenor.
Gramophone Magazine, November 2019

👑 WDR3 Tonart Choice
👑 Gramophone Choice
👑 Opus Klassik 2020 (Daniel Behle – Singer of the Year) 

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

On account of the restrictions due to the pandemic in 2020 the majority of our concerts couldn’t take place: the dates involved are crossed out.

9 February | Rohrbach, Mühlkreis | KIM – Kultur im Mittelpunkt
10 February | Wels, Stadthalle | KIM – Kultur im Mittelpunkt
„Contextualising Telemann & Bach “
Julia Huber-Warzecha, violin; Philipp Wagner, oboe; Marcello Gatti, traverso; Anne Marie Dragosits, harpsichord; Carin van Heerden, oboe, recorder and direction
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach

16 February | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
Midori Seiler, violin
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

The working contexts in which I experienced Michi Gaigg had one thing in common: the atmosphere in the group directed by her was always collegial, respectful and friendly.
There is a strong sense of community with which everyone strives to reach the musical goal together. It is so wonderful to experience that it doesn’t need authorative or condescending habits, often enough observed with conductors, to perform fantastic concerts. Michi Gaigg evokes in her colleagues aspects of empathy, connectedness, nobility and freedom…to me too this is the ideal recipe for a great orchestral concert.
Midori Seiler, violin, September 2020

3 May | Hohenems, Markus Sittikus-Saal | Schubertiade
Works by Franz Schubert

7 May | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal |Alte Musik im Schloss
Works by Franz Schubert

24 May | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal |Alte Musik im Schloss
„French Open!“
Carin van Heerden and Philipp Wagner, oboe and recorder; Matthias Müller, viola da gamba; Jean-Christoph Dijoux, harpsichord
Works by Antoine Dornel, Jacques Hotteterre, François Couperin u.a.

1 June | Melk, Abbey, Kolomanisaal | Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk
„Fairies, Birds and A Solemn Tune“
Amelie Müller, soprano
Works by Henry Purcell, George Frederic Handel, Thomas Augustine Arne and Thomas Linley

17 July | St. Georgen, Attergauhalle | Attergauer Kultursommer
„Bach & Piazzolla“
The Wave with Christoph Sietzen and Bogdan Bacanu, marimba; Julia Huber-Warzecha and Martin Jopp, violin
Works by Johann Sebastian Bac, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Astor Piazzolla

26 July | Passau, Studienkirche St. Michael | Europäische Wochen Passau
Johanna Winkler, soprano; Werner Güra, tenor; Kresimir Strazanac, bass;
Heinrich Schütz-Ensemble Vornach; conductor: Martin Steidler
Joseph Haydn: The Creation, Oratorio

26 July | Brunnenthal, Barockkirche | Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer
31 July | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
„Spic and span“
L‘Orfeo Wind Ensemble; direction: Carin van Heerden
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann and his Hamburg colleagues
Reinhard Keiser, Johann Mattheson and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

3 & 4 August | Lockenhausen, Burg Lockenhaus | forum:lockenhaus, Kunstuniversität Graz and mica – musik austria Lockenhaus summit: The Covid Crisis – Consequences and Chances for Classical music
Michi Gaigg and Carin van Heerden, participants

13 September | St. Pölten, Dom
Christina Gansch and Martina Daxböck, soprano; Katrin Auzinger, alto; Florian Sievers, tenor; Matthias Helm and Lukas Kargl, bass;
cappella nova graz; Domkantorei St. Pölten; conductor: Otto Kargl
Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew’s Passion

18 September | Eisenstadt, Castle Esterhazy, Haydnsaal | Herbstgold Festival
Bernhard Berchtold, tenor;  Elisabeth Breuer and Anna Willerding, soprano; Annastina Malm, mezzo soprano; Markus Miesenberger and Robert Bartneck, tenor; Rafael Fingerlos, baritone; Michael Wagner, bass; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Joseph Haydn: L‘incontro improvviso, Dramma giocoso (semi-staged production)

Since the beginning of my studies of the Baroque violin and viola at the Bruckner University Linz I have felt deeply connected with Michi Gaigg and her passionate plea for Early Music and its interpretation. As viola player I had the opportunity to join L’Orfeo for a few projects all over Europe. I’ll never forget the concerts of Beethoven’s ,Mödlinger Tänze’ in France and Haydn’s „Seasons“ in South Tirol. I learnt so much about phrasing, sound and the language of the first Viennese School here! We kept contact through the years, and the highlight was in 2019, after my career change to lyrical tenor, when I was casted at the Donaufestwochen im Strudengau as Osmin in Haydn’s opera L’Incontro improvviso.
This project with L’Orfeo, all the musicians and Michi Gaigg is unforgettable to me, these fireworks of esprit, passion, musicality, discipline, skill, charm accompanying every single performance. It was a great experience!
Markus Miesenberger, tenor, June 2020

17 & 18 October | Nürnberg, Historischer Ratsaal | Fränkischer Sommer
„The Life. The Light. The Way.“
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
George Frederic Handel: Arias from Theodora, Saul, Josua a.o.

November Michi Gaigg is awarded the Art Honorary Prize by the City of Linz in the category Music and Performing Arts 2020

The Upper Austrian musician Michi Gaigg, with strong ties to Linz, uniquely succeeds in uncovering a new spirit in the historical performance practice of the music from the 18th and 19th centuries. Michi Gaigg is widely regarded as a pioneer in a new and modern understanding of this music…. Time and again the internationally award winning L’Orfeo Barockorchester delights audiences and experts alike and is regarded as one of the most renowned ensembles in Linz and Upper Austria.
Klaus Luger, mayor of the city of Linz

23 November | Salzburg, Stiftung Mozarteum, Grosser Saal | Dialoge – Festival für Musik
„Baroque meets Contemporary“
Christoph Sietzen, Bogdan Bacanu, Nico Gerstmayer and Eliott Gaston-Ross, percussion;
Works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Helmut Schmidinger, Johann Sebastian Bach and Manuela Kerer

18 December | Salzburg, University, Große Aula | Concerts of the Salzburger Bachgesellschaft
Melanie Hirsch, soprano; Alois Mühlbacher, alto; Virgil Hartinger, tenor; Markus Volpert, bass; Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

19 & 20 December | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

36th CD production

The Life. The Light. The Way.The Life. The Light. The Way
George Frederic Handel: Sacred Arias (christophorus)

Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle

Vitzthum’s dedication to this project even allows him to sometimes give his colleagues from the L’Orfeo Barockorchester the advantage. L’Orfeo belongs to the best of the broad scope of Baroque orchestras since more than 20 years now. Their playing is marked by impeccable accuracy, a colourful and characteristic approach. The musicians come from all over the world, the orchestra was founded in 1996 by the Austrian Michi Gaigg.
Ursula Böhmer, hr2

37th CD production

Mendelssohn EliasFelix Mendelssohn: Elias, Oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra
(Edition Ö1 – Life recording)

Matthias Helm, bass; Cornelia Horak, soprano; Ida Aldrian, alto; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; cappella nova graz; Dopmkantorei St. Pölten; conductor: Otto Kargl

 

 

 

 

 

38th CD production

Rameau - Pigmalion, Dardanus: Suites & AriasJean-Philippe Rameau: Suites & Arias from Pigmalion and Dardanus (cpo)

Anders J. Dahlin, haute-contre

Once again Michi Gaigg and the L’Orfeo Barockorchester manage to unfold this rich sound carpet. The haute-contre Anders J. Dahlin is unfortunately only heard in four arias and yet he knows how to lend an individual colour to each aria, thereby seducing his audience. A smooth voice with excellent timbre and vocal disposition. What a shame that this superb artist is not better known yet. With this CD things might change.
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👑 Toccata Alte Musik Aktuell December 2020 CD of the month
👑 Klassik heute choice
👑 Fono Forum choice

39th CD production

Telemann 3 Overtures SuitesGeorg Philipp Telemann: 3 Ouvertures Suites (cpo)

Direction: Carin van Heerden

This is a must for all baroquophiles! Moments of wonder, wistfulness and elegiac tenderness wrapped in entrancing music. Probably my CD of 2020, heart on the sleeve, hand on the heart.
David Bellinger, Early Music Magazine

If not noted otherwise all concerts were conducted/directed by Michi Gaigg

On account of the restrictions due to the pandemic in 2021 many of our concerts cannot take place: the dates involved are crossed out.

19 January | Wels, Stadttheater | Welser Abonnementskonzerte
20 January | Vienna, Konzerthaus | Festival Resonanzen
„Pour les Divinités des Mers“
Carin van Heerden, recorder
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Jean-Philippe Rameau

4 March | Linz, Schlossmuseum, Barocksaal | Alte Musik im Schloss
„French Open!“
Carin van Heerden und Philipp Wagner, Oboe und Blockflöte
Works by Antoine Dornel, Jacques Hotteterre, François Couperin, u.a. (incl. CD recording)

10 March | Linz, Brucknerhaus, Großer Saal
„Seliges Erwägen“
Maria Ladurner, soprano; Bernhard Berchtold, tenor; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Rafael Fingerlos, baritone; Matthias Hoffmann, bass; Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Georg Philipp Telemann: Das selige Erwägen, Passions-Oratorium

14 March | Oslo, Dom | Internasjonale Kirkemusikkfestival
Anders J. Dahlin, haute-contre; Marcello Gatti, traverso; Carin van Heerden, oboe d‘amore
Cantatas and concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach

28 March| Meran, Stadtpfarrkirche | Musik Meran
29 March | Brixen, Dom | Brixner Initiative Musik und Kirche
„Seliges Erwägen“
Maria Ladurner, soprano; Bernhard Berchtold, tenor; Johannes Bamberger, tenor; Rafael Fingerlos, baritone; Matthias Hoffmann, bass; Collegium Vocale Salzburg; conductor: Michi Gaigg
Georg Philipp Telemann: Das selige Erwägen, Passions-Oratorium

28 April | Hohenems, Markus Sittikus-Saal | Schubertiade
„In Love … with Schubert“
Symphonies Nr 5 and 6
(completion of the recording of all symphonies and symphonic fragments by Franz Schubert)

L’Orfeo turns 25 – anniversary concerts I

3 May | Linz, Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität | Alte Musik im Schloss
4 May | Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal | Jeunesse
Martina Fender, sopran
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

22 May | Melk, Stift, Kolomanisaal | Internationale Barocktage
„Musikalische Souvenirs“
Carin van Heerden, oboe
Works by Josef Myslivecek, Carl Stamitz, Ludwig Lebrun, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

19 & 20 June | Munich-Solln, Apostelkirche
Sollner-Kantorei; conductor: Ernst Hagerer
George Frederic Handel: Messiah, Oratorio

10 July | Ansbach | Fränkischer Sommer
11 July | NN
Arthur Schoonderwoerd, fortepiano, conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
„Mozart in Franconia“
Piano concertos, Sinfonia Concertante and Symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

16 July | Nürnberg | Fränkischer Sommer
„The Light. The Life. The Way“
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
George Frederic Handel: Arias from various Oratorios and Concerti grossi Opus 3 & 4

30 July | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau, Eröffnungskonzert
1 August | Brunnenthal bei Schärding | Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer
„Spic and span“
L‘Orfeo Bläsersensemble; direction: Carin van Heerden
Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Reinhard Keiser, Johann Mattheson and Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch

Anniversary concerts II

31 July | St. Georgen, Attergau | Attergauer Kultursommer
1 August | Waldhausen, Stiftskirche | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Benjamin Herzl, violin (Attergauer Kultursommer)
Carin van Heerden, oboe (donauFESTWOCHEN)
Brandenburg concertos, orchestral suite and concerto for oboe d‘amore by Johann Sebastian Bach

from 7 to 15 August | Grein, Schloss Greinburg | donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau
Matthias Helm, baritone; Clint van der Linde, Alt; Nicholas Hariades, alto; Annastina Malm and Amelie Müller, soprano; Philipp Kranjc, bass; direction: Erich Traxler; stage and video: Kobie van Rensburg
George Frederic Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia, Opera

12 September | St. Pölten, Dom | Musica Sacra
Domkantorei St. Pölten; cappella nova graz; conductor: Otto Kargl
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem

18 & 19 September | Nürnberg, Agidienkirche | Fränkischer Sommer
Nuria Rial, Elisabeth Breuer und Berenike Tölle, soprano; Franz Vitzthum, alto; Tilman Lichdi, tenor; Christian Immler, bass; Martin Ellrodt, narrator; FAU-Kammerchor; conductor: Julian Christoph Tölle
George Frederic Handel: Saul, Oratorio

11 & 12 October | Graz, Kongresszentrum, Stephaniensaal | Musikverein für Steiermark
Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
Johannes Brahms: German Requiem

7 & 8 November | Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal | Jeunesse
Chorus sine nomine; conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger
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