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The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (FBO) looks back on almost 30 years of musical success: in 1987, within a few years, an internationally sought-after orchestra was formed which now regularly performs in the most important concert and opera houses. In addition to the diversity of its repertoire from early baroque to the present, the special sound culture of the FBO, which plays on historical instruments, is especially praised. Since May 2012 the orchestra, together with its colleagues from ensemble recherche, has had an internationally unique domicile: the Ensemblehaus Freiburg, a musical workshop and think tank for two top ensembles of older and new music under one roof.

 The FBO works with important artists such as René Jacobs, Andreas Staier, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Christian Gerhaher and Pablo Heras-Casado and is closely associated with the label harmonia mundi.

Under the artistic direction of Gottfried von der Goltz and Kristian Bezuidenhout as well as under the baton of selected conductors, the FBO presents itself as a self-governing ensemble with about one hundred performances per year in various formations ranging from chamber to opera orchestra, with its own concert series in the Freiburg Konzerthaus, the Stuttgart Liederhalle and the Berlin Philharmonie as well as with tours around the world.

In the 2018/19 season, for example, French arias with Sandrine Piau, Christmas cantatas by A. Scarlatti with the Freiburg Baroque Consort and Dorothee Mields, Rameau's opera Hippolyte et Aricie at the Berlin Staatsoper under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, and Mozart's Don Giovanni as part of an Asian tour under René Jacobs were performed. In addition, the FBO has performed at London's Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, at the Bachfest Leipzig, together with Julian Prégardien at the Mozartfest Würzburg, and with Figaro's Wedding in Granada.

In the 2019/20 season, the FBO will again shine with varied and top-class concert programmes from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. In addition to Handel's Messiah under the baton of Trevor Pinnock, virtuoso cantatas with Regula Mühlemann, Beethoven's piano concertos in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Seoul, Bach's St. Matthew Passion will be performed together with the Belgian Vocal Ensemble in Bruges, Madrid and Cuenca. Finally, the FBO will make guest appearances at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Stuttgart Music Festival and the Kasseler Musiktage.  


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