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Austria-wide boom of early music festivals

The 34th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music came to a successful end with Vivaldi's "Ottone in Villa"

Vienna (OTS) - The rediscovery of baroque music can already look back on almost twenty years of festival experience with a corresponding crowd. The International Baroque Days in Melk since 1991, the successful "Resonanzen" in Vienna since 1993 - this year with over 10,000 visitors in the Wiener Konzerthaus - have contributed significantly to this, along with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music as the oldest festival. In addition to Nikolaus Harnoncourt, there is also the recently honored organist, conductor and university professor Martin Haselböck with his "Vienna Academy" and his commitment to Austrian baroque operas. Last Sunday, Vivaldi's first opera "Ottone in Villa" was the last premiere of the 34th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Vivaldi's "Ottone in Villa" showed an infantile, juvenile Ottone, who did not bear the trace of the threat that Monteverdi's Nerone exuded in "Incoronazione di Popea". The lovers of his beloved Cleonilla are dancing on his nose. His "Obersthofmeister" Decio, who - like Leporello to Don Giovanni and anyone who wants to hear it - presents him with Cleonilla's list of lovers and calls to mind the reason of state, falls on deaf ears. Pier Paolo Bisleri has designed an impressive set that combines Giorgio de Chirico's surreal moments with Mondrian's exact tendencies. The directing team, led by Deda Cristina Colonna, has taken the last remnants of melancholy and pathos from the story. The Innsbruck Festival Weeks 2010, which had the motto "A piece of happiness", achieved a total occupancy rate of 96 percent.

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