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May 20–June 1, 2020

Festival calendar 2020

Main programme

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Sunday, 23 Februar

11.30 am · Aula der Universität

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Exhibition opening

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5 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinde_1920

Come with us on a journey to the beginnings of the Handel Festival: almost 100 years after the...

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Wednesday, 4 March

8 pm · Bremers Weinkellerei am Wall

Händel-Talk I

In keeping with tradition, the Festival's Managing Director, Tobias Wolff, will be inviting...

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Sunday, 08 March

5 pm · Lumière

festival operas at the cinema

Admeto (HWV 22) · Since 2009, the Göttingen International Handel Festival has been...

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Friday, 13 March

8 pm · Aula am Waldweg

Händel goes Impro: Giulio Cesare

What is it about Cornelia that Curio finds so irresistible? Why does Parnassus open at the very...

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Sunday, 29 March

5 pm · Lumière

Festival operas at the cinema

Imeneo (HWV 41) · Since 2009, the Göttingen International Handel Festival has been...

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Sunday, 12 April

5 pm · Méliès

Festival operas at the cinema

Siroe (HWV 24) · Since 2009, the Göttingen International Handel Festival has been...

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Wednesday, 29 April

8 pm · Bremers Weinkellerei am Wall

Händel-Talk II

In keeping with tradition, the Festival's Managing Director, Tobias Wolff, will be inviting...

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Sunday, 10 May

5 pm · Méliès

Festival operas at the cinema

Agrippina (HWV 6) · Since 2009, the Göttingen International Handel Festival has been...

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Tuesday, 19 May

10 am · Alte Mensa, Adam-von-Trott-Saal

göttingen händel competition 2020

Competition day 1 · On the first day of the Festival, the stage is set for young,...

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Wednesday, 20 May

10 am · Alte Mensa, Adam-von-Trott-Saal

göttingen händel competition 2020

Competition day 2 · On the first day of the Festival, the stage is set for young,...

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16:00 · Marktplatz

Festival opening

With the announcement of 2020 winners

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6 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Premiere Rodelinda (HWV 19)

WE dt: 17:00 Uhr Aula, Max-Planck-Gymnasium | WE engl: 17:00 Uhr, DT-X Keller

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6 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinda (HWV 19) – Premiere

It was she who started it all in 1920: Rodelinda, the sensitive, loving wife who remains faithful...

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Thursday, 21 May

11 am · Hann. Münden, Rittersaal Welfenschloss

Prizewinners’ Concert

Winners of the göttingen händel competition 2020 · Following two successful...

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6 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Alessandro (HWV 21)

Written for the stars · Alexander the Great was an extremely popular choice of main...

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10.15 pm · Altes Rathaus, Göttingen

Händel goes Pop: Radamisto

In 2018 our format ‘Handel goes Pop’ celebrated its premiere. For our anniversary...

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Friday, 22 May

4 pm · Alte Mensa, Adam-von-Trott Saal

Festival Lecture

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

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6 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinda (HWV 19)

It was she who started it all in 1920: Rodelinda, the sensitive, loving wife who remains faithful...

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7 pm · PS.Halle, Einbeck

Ottone (HWV 15)

Wedding with obstacles · The plot of Handel’s opera Ottone concerns no less than the...

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10.15 pm · St. Jacobi-Kirche, Göttingen

Spirto amato

Metamorphoses of Handel’s Poro · The story goes that all of London was humming the...

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Saturday, 23 May

10 am · Alte Mensa, Adam-von-Trott-Saal

Symposium: Opera as a business

Handel’s opera aesthetics and the premises of the Enlightenment · Since the...

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5 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Public Viewing

Rodelinda for all! · Year on year, the Festival opera ‘open doors occasion’ is...

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7 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinda (HWV 19)

It was she who started it all in 1920: Rodelinda, the sensitive, loving wife who remains faithful...

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10 pm · Altes Rathaus, Göttingen

Händel jazzt! Sosarme

The Göttingen audience has known and loved Anna Dennis since her Festival debut in 2013. She...

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Sunday, 24 May

11 am · Aula der Universität, Göttingen

Stiftungskonzert

Händel, Almira und die Hamburger Gänsemarkt-Oper · Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Marx, renowned...

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5 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Ariodante (HWV 33)

In a new light  · Compelling music and a gripping plot are the main qualities of...

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Monday, 25 May

6 pm · Bremers Weinkellerei am Wall

Reading, wine and music

A thread about Ariadne · Sometimes life hangs by a thread. In the case of Theseus,...

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7.30 pm · Schafstall, Rittergut Besenhausen

Händel goes Tango: Il pastor fido

Could there be a more fitting setting for a pastoral opera than the sheep barn of the historic...

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Tuesday, 26 May

6 pm · Bremers Weinkellerei am Wall

Reading, wine and music

A thread about Ariadne · Sometimes life hangs by a thread. In the case of Theseus,...

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6 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinda (HWV 19)

It was she who started it all in 1920: Rodelinda, the sensitive, loving wife who remains faithful...

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7.30 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Premiere EZIO: Game of Rome

HipHOpera nach HWV 29 · EZIO: Game of Rome is one of the biggest projects in the...

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Wednesday, 27 May

11 am · Lokhalle Göttingen

EZIO: Game of Rome

HipHOpera nach HWV 29 | School performance · EZIO: Game of Rome is one of the biggest...

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7.30 pm · Rathaus Duderstadt

EEEmerging+: Cembaless

Il Floridante or the secret heroine? · Betrayal, maliciousness and love – George...

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7.30 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

EZIO: Game of Rome

HipHOpera nach HWV 29 · EZIO: Game of Rome is one of the biggest projects in the...

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Thursday, 28 May

7 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Publio Cornelio Scipione (HWV 20)

The plot of this opera, which Handel composed in 1726 for the King’s Theatre in London,...

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7.30 pm · Staatsoper Hannover

cancelled: Festkonzert

100 Jahre Händel-Festspiele Göttingen · — This concert has been cancelled...

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Friday, 29 May

7 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Xerxes (HWV 40)

In the shade of the plane tree · On 15 April 1738 Handel’s Xerxes was premiered at...

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10 pm · musa, Göttingen

Händel goes Tinder

“Handel goes Tinder is a multimedia opera that is best described as ‘Sex...

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Saturday, 30 May

4 pm · Lokhalle Göttingen

Rinaldo (HWV 7)

Cara sposa · In 1711, the fantastic story about the crusader Rinaldo in Armida’s...

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9 pm · Aula der Universität, Göttingen

Laurence Cummings in Concert: Muzio Scevola

It was a wholly new experience for London in the year 1721 when as many as three composers were...

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Sunday, 31 May

11 am · Scheune, Gut Sennickerode

EEEmerging+: Palisander

Arrangement of the opera Partenope (HWV 27) · Handel sets the romantic drama of intrigue...

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3 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinda (HWV 19)

It was she who started it all in 1920: Rodelinda, the sensitive, loving wife who remains faithful...

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5 pm · Stadthalle Osterode am Harz

Giustino (HWV 37)

Opera by a thread · In Handel’s opera Giustino, the title hero is a simple peasant...

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Monday, 1 June

11.30 am · Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium, Herzberg am Harz

Les plaisirs de la danse: Florindo/Daphne

Handel wrote his first four operas during his time in Hamburg. Only the score of the first one,...

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3 pm · Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Rodelinda (HWV 19)

It was she who started it all in 1920: Rodelinda, the sensitive, loving wife who remains faithful...

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