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From May 27 to June 12, 2022, the Halle Handel Festival will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a firework display of events, from grand opera and festive oratorio to cross-genre formats. With 67 main events and numerous accompanying events in Halle and the region, the traditional Handel Festival will once again guarantee a varied and top-class program in 2022.

A special feature of the anniversary is the adaptation of the first "Halle Handel Festival" in 1922. The festival will open with a new production of the opera "Orlando", which was the first Handel opera to close the Handel Festival in Halle in 1922. Like "Orlando", numerous concerts and oratorios in the festival calendar are dramaturgically inspired by the performances of 1922, whereby the programs, some of which have been specially reconstructed for this occasion, not only take place at the original venues, but also bring the same orchestras or their present-day successors on board as partners.
Four further operas, five oratorios and numerous concerts in Halle and the surrounding area make the 17 days of the festival a highlight for Baroque fans. Handel's "Caio Fabbricio", a virtuoso pasticcio, receives its first modern revival in the historic Goethe Theater Bad Lauchstädt and "Fernando, Re di Castiglia" a veritable world premiere.

Handel Festival Halle © Thomas Ziegler

Handel Festival Halle © Thomas Ziegler

Innovative and exciting events that transcend all musical boundaries of E and U, as well as the special exhibition "Fireworks and Halle-luja - 100 years of Handel Festivals in Halle" in Handel's birthplace, allow visitors to look beyond the Baroque period and at the same time delve deeper into the tradition of the festival. There will also be a joyful reunion with numerous Handel Prize winners from previous years, who will not miss the opportunity to congratulate "their" festival: Audience favorites such as Jordi Savall, Philippe Jaroussky, Vivica Genaux or Romelia Lichtenstein, but also countertenor Axel Köhler, who continued to accompany the festival as a director after his retirement from the stage.
The fact that Handel's music has lost none of its fascination and appeal in the 21st century is demonstrated by accompanying projects such as the popular "Bridges to Classics" open-air festival, as well as encounters with the jazz scene and a poetry slam. - A festival with its finger on the pulse of the times, built on tradition.
May 27 to June 12, 2022