May 20–June 1, 2020

Cancelled | Festival Lecture

“Handel and us”? Continuity and discontinuity of the Göttingen Handel Festival

The performance of Rodelinde initiated by Oskar Hagen which took place on June 26, 1920, in Göttingen is regarded as the springboard for the ‘Handel Renaissance’. This spectacular pioneering feat that was achieved by a group of ‘amateurs, professors and students’, which Hagen had gathered around him, must be viewed in a broader context that incorporates intellectual history, however. The starting point of this Festival lecture is the question as to why Handel’s operas and oratorios were so successful on numerous stages of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger then traces the chequered, complex and unprecedented history of the Festival. The lecture, whose title is taken from an article in a programme booklet by Oskar Hagen from 1923, explores the continuity, but also the interruptions in the 100 year history. In conclusion, he ventures a look at the significance of the Festival and the music of its namesake today and in the future.
The lecture by the Chairman of the Göttinger Händel-Gesellschaft e. V., Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger, is held in German.

The venue is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility. Please see the overview.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger

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