Richard Strauss

Don Quixote op. 35

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Ein Sommernachtstraum op. 61

Cornelius Meister
Jean-Guihen Queyras
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Concert's gallery

Cornelius Meister is one of the most successful young German conductors of his generation. Recently a new demanding position has been added to his impressive artistic biography: With the start of the 2018.19 season, he was appointed General Music Director of the Staatsoper and Staatsorchester Stuttgart. In 2018 he was also awarded the OPUS Klassik as "Conductor of the Year". The open air concert in the Ettal Abbey is his debut at the Richard Strauss Festival. In the famous tone poem "Don Quixote", the cello plays the most important musical role next to the orchestra, as it characterizes the title character. Here the celebrated French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who will also be performing for the first time at the festival, shines with his virtuoso artistry and interpretative intensity, which have led him to the top of the international cellists.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream", the masterpiece of seventeen-year-old Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, has given the open air concerts their motto. The work leads into the mysterious fairytale world of the elves, the dancing bullies and the playful goblin Puck. The composer subtly and with all romantic attributes translates the magical atmosphere of Shakespeare's play with idyllic colours and poetic verve into the language of music. A highlight and at the same time the crowning finale of this year´s festival.

In case of bad weather we move the concerts from the inner courtyard of the Ettal Monastery to the Alpspitzhalle, Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum, Am Eisstadion 1, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Weather information on the day of the event: +49 . (0)8821 . 910 5 999

Bus transfer GAP - Ettal - GAP and Munich - Ettal - Munich can be booked separately.

We kindly ask for your understanding that it is not allowed to bring your own drinks and to consume them at the open air concerts - food is allowed.

Cornelius Meister Dirigent
Photo: Marco Borggreve
Cornelius Meister Dirigent Photo: Marco Borggreve

Cornelius MeisterCornelius Meister has been General Music Director of the Stuttgart State Opera and State Orchestra since this season. Since 2017 he has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. Among the prizes awarded to him in 2018 are the OPUS Klassik as “Conductor of the Year”, the International Classical Music Award in the category “Symphonic Recording” for the complete recording of the symphonies by Bohuslav Martinů as well as the Diapason d’Or and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for the DVD “Jules Massenet: Werther” (Zurich Opera).

In 2018 and 2019 he will conduct concerts at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Cologne Philharmonic, Vienna, Tokyo and Shanghai. As an opera conductor, he is responsible for the new production of Così fan tutte at the Zurich Opera and makes his debut with Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In the following seasons, in addition to his Stuttgart productions with Wagner and Richard Strauss at the Vienna State Opera, with Mozart at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Opéra de Paris, and with a world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera, he will also be present at the Vienna State Opera.

Jean-Guihen Queyras © François Sechet
Jean-Guihen Queyras © François Sechet

Jean-Guihen QueyrasCuriosity and diversity characterize the artistic work of Jean-Guihen Queyras, who devotes himself with passion to music while remaining completely unpretentious and humble towards the works, in the spirit of Pierre Boulez, with whom the cellists had a long collaboration.
With the same intensity, he takes on both early music – such as the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Concerto Köln – as well as contemporary works. Among others he has premiered compositions by Ivan Fedele, Gilbert Amy, Bruno Mantovani, Michael Jarrell, Johannes-Maria Staud and Thomas Larcher.

In November 2014 he recorded Peter Eötvös’s Cello Concerto on the occasion of his 70th birthday under the direction of the composer.

Jean-Guihen Queyras is still an active founding member of the Arcanto Quartet; he forms a permanent trio with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov. Alexander Melnikov and Alexandre Tharaud are also his piano partners.
His diversity has led many concert halls, festivals and orchestras to invite Jean-Guihen Queyras as Artist-in-Residence, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Vredenburg Utrecht, De Bijloke Gent and the Wigmore Hall London. Jean-Guihen Queyras is a regular guest with renowned orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Tonhalle Zurich. He has worked with conductors such as Iván Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jiři Bělohlávek, Oliver Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington.
Jean-Guihen Queyras is professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and artistic director of the festival “Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence” in Forcalquier. He plays a cello by Gioffredo Cappa from 1696, which the Mécénat Musical Société Générale makes available to him.


Prague Radio Symphony OrchestraThe Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the most eminent Czech orchestra’s today. From the 2018–2019 season the role of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director is taken by the leading German conductor Alexander Liebreich. At present its Principal Guest Conductor is Marek Šedivý.

In recent years the orchestra has worked with top Czech and foreign conductors and soloists, such as Petr Altrichter, Radek Baborák Jiří Bělohlávek, Tomáš Hanus, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil, Stephan Asbury, John Axelrod, Ion Marin, Wayne Marshall, Michał Nesterowicz, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gautier Capuçon, Sergey Khachatryan, Christian Lindberg, István Várdai, Elīna Garanča, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jonas Kaufmann, Vilém Veverka and Alina Pogostkina. Its Czech collaborators include such names as Jan Bartoš, Tomáš Jamník, Ivo Kahánek, Jan Mráček, Adam Plachetka and Lukáš Vondráček.

The orchestra regularly commissions and performs pieces by eminent contemporary composers (Jan Ryant Dřízal, Jan Klusák and Miroslav Srnka). The orchestra is a regular guest at international venues throughout Europe and in Japan.

The PRSO’s recording work includes a Janáček trilogy conducted by Tomáš Netopil. Two of those releases were named Editor’s Choice by the prestigious magazine Gramophone. Also the first complete recordings of Miloslav Kabeláč’s eight symphonies or the recording of all of Martinů’s piano concertos. The orchestra also recorded in a world premiere Dvořák’s Alfred and an album showcasing Vienna State Opera soloist Adam Plachetka.