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The Barock-Fest


The Barock-Fest at the Schwetzingen Palace Rokokotheater has been introducing audiences to rare Baroque operas for over fifteen years.

The festival is by now firmly established in the German cultural landscape, with performances having repeatedly been prized as the »rediscovery of the year« by media in the field. Each festival centres around a new production of one particular piece as well as offering high quality concerts in the rooms of the elector's summer residence, where famous guests such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Friedrich Schiller are known to have been received in the past.

While the first years were focused on works by Antonio Vivaldi, a range of Neapolitan operatic works enjoyed their cyclical rediscovery from 2011 onwards. Since 2019, artistic directors Ulrike Schumann and Thomas Böckstiegel have trained the spotlight of the Winter in Schwetzingen festival on the rediscovery of German Baroque composers.