May 12–22, 2022


Anniversary Gala

Three conductors in one gala concert? Unprecedented in the over one hundred-year history of the Göttingen International Handel Festival. After a ten-year run, the current Artistic Director Laurence Cummings is taking his leave from the Göttingen stage by performing the most popular arias from Handel's Serse (Xerxes). For the occasion, he has invited two special guests: his predecessor Nicholas McGegan, who helped define the Festival from 1991 to 2011. He will be performing concertante excerpts from the production of the opera Rinaldo, whose 2019 performance at the elite Julliard School of Music in New York met with acclaim. Also making a guest appearance is Cummings' successor, George Petrou, who makes his debut as Artistic Director in 2022. He will be conducting the FestspielOrchester Göttingen (FOG) for the first time and brings along Myrtò Papatanasiu, a musical compatriot of international renown, to perform excerpts from Publio Cornelia Scipione. Together with four other colleagues, they will ensure a spectacular display of vocal artistry.

Together for Pleasure!

Corona information

Right on time for the start of the Festival, the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested) takes effect at all events. Please bring either a negative rapid test, a proof of complete vaccination or a proof of recovery. Proof of recovery is considered to be, for example, a PCR test that is at least 28 days young and no more than 6 months old. Arriving early to the events and having your documents ready will then ensure, that the event starts on time. Otherwise, the general hygiene rules of Niedersachsen apply on all events – please wear your mask until you reach your seat.

Anniversary Gala

Anniversary Gala

7 pm
Duration: approx. 3 hrs
Göttingen Lokhalle, groß
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Laurence Cummings
Nicholas McGegan
George Petrou

Myrtò Papatanasiu - Soprano

Jessica Niles - Soprano

Rachel Redmond - Soprano

Sophie Harmsen - Mezzosoprano

Karin Osbeck - Mezzosoprano

FestspielOrchester Göttingen

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