The Verbier Festival, part of the Euroradio Summer Festivals
For more than a quarter of a century, the Euroradio Summer Festivals have remained true to their goal of providing radio audiences with a selection of the best classical music. Many symphony concerts, operas and chamber music from European festivals, both prestigious and lesser-known, are broadcast live.
This season, the EBU is proud to be able to offer 311 concerts from 87 Festivals from all over Europe, thanks to the contribution of 29 radio organizations.
Amongst those offers, are to be found again the Verbier Festival, Lucerne, Bayreuth, Salzburg or the BBC Proms, but also a few unexpected gems:
Along with various Jubilee celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the Aldeburgh Festival has invited the BBC Singers to perform a collection of short choral pieces by English composers created to celebrate HM The Queen's coronation in 1953.
Rarely performed, Wagner’s early opera Rienzi will get to be rediscovered with a stellar cast conducted by Marc Albrecht at the Budapest Wagner Days.
For its 2022 edition, the Aix-en-Provence Festival co-commissionned a new opera to famous French composer Pascal Dusapin. Il Viaggio di Dante, on a libretto inspired by Dante’s Divina Commedia will be conducted by Kent Nagano.
Several Festivals decided to show support to Ukraine this year, such as the Kaunas Pažaislis Festival with conductor Oksana Lyniv, the Verbier Festival for an opening concert featuring pianist Anna Fedorova or the BBC Proms with the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.
Find all the 2022 Euroradio Summer Festivals offers here.
Summer Festivals Postcards
The EBU is also delighted to share the “Summer Festivals Postcards”: a 15-episode podcast series containing a collection of intriguing and interesting information about the Summer Festivals, in the form of an audio postcard, for use and adaptation by all EBU radio organizations.