Melk Abbey International Baroque Festival

From 29 May to 1 June 2020, the masters of early music will meet in the unique setting of Melk Abbey.

Under the slogan ‘ENG(EL)LAND’, Michael Schade, star tenor and artistic director of the festival, has put together an exciting programme that showcases the diversity of the age. Top class artists and musicians will show audiences how current and fresh Händel and Purcell still sound today.

Angelic sounds

Melk Abbey International Baroque Festival will once again prove how imaginative and strange baroque art is. ‘ENG(EL)LAND’ is the theme of the Baroque Festival 2020 – chamber singer Michael Schade and a host of heavenly musicians will descend on Melk from London to perform Händel, Purcell and Dowland. Alongside the outstanding artists, who travel to Wachau every year, what makes the Melk Abbey International Baroque Festival so special the wonderful backdrops for the music provided by the abbey, the Baroque cellar, the summer sacristy, the garden pavilion or even the nearby Pielach castle.

The stars of early music

In the artistic context of historic cities, you can now listen to the sounds of music by Fahmi Alqhai and his Accademia del Piacere, as well as the lautten compagney BERLIN, The Tallis Scholars, Luca Pianca and Giulia Genini, the gnes Palmisano Trio, the L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra led by Michi Gaigg and Paul Gulda Star tenor Michael Schade is responsible for the programme, which is enhanced by a team of Baroque music stars every year. Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Stefan Gottfriend, will resume their role as the resident orchestra at the International Baroque Festival.