May 20–June 1, 2020

Centenary Celebrations!

Anniversary 2020

100 years of the Göttingen International Handel Festival: a momentous event is already casting its shadow. With the revival of Rodelinde, citizens of Göttingen awakened Händel’s operas from their almost-200-year slumbers, thus kickstarting a movement that even today is renowned worldwide as the ‘Göttingen Handel Renaissance’.

The idea of the founder Oskar Hagen and his allies is nowadays bearing more fruit than ever before. And so every year anew, we render George Frideric Handel’s unforgettable music experientially accessible for everyone – in projects for children, young people and adults. In Göttingen, we bring together creative artists and fans from all over the world, fostering a vibrant engagement with baroque music in general and Handel in particular. We communicate Handel’s oeuvre to the public in all its authenticity, with all its emotive power and all its vivid contrasts. Because Handel’s spellbinding appeal is just as potent today as it was in the 18th century, when he was one of his era’s stars.

We have planned the programme for the anniversary year of 2020 long in advance. We offer you, our audience, all 42 operas in a broad spectrum of different formats: staged, in concert mode, as jazz arrangements, puppet theatre, film or reading. All this in the city’s and region’s sumptuous venues, both roofed-over and open-air, featuring the major stars of the baroque scene and magnificently talented newcomers. Already today you can browse through the »Programme preview 2020 and find yourself your favourite events in the Festival calendar.

A great programme needs great support. The partners and sponsors have already promised an additional subsidy. You, too, can support this unique anniversary and the concomitant preparations with your donation!


Reason for payment „Händel 2020“
Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen GmbH
Sparkasse Göttingen
IBAN DE55 2605 0001 0000 1561 33

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