Castle Gars: “Don Carlo” a major success – through August, 8th

Verdi’s “Don Carlo”, Johannes Wildner’s second production as artistic director of the Oper Burg Gars Festival, found a rapt audience which celebrated the bravura première performance with repeated ovations. “Gars has a winner! […] What they are doing at the castle of Gars is more than fit to be seen and heard, it is truly astonishing,” says Gernot Zimmermann in the ORF Radio 1 “Morning Edition,” while comments that “Reinhardt’s staging impresses […] with gripping drama and tension.

A large part of tonight’s success is due to the Klangvereinigung Vienna – the orchestra of the Oper Burg Gars, conducted by festival director Johannes Wildner himself in a very singer-friendly manner. Thanks to intense rehearsals, the orchestra astonishes with its very nuanced and sophisticated sound. The subtle and colourful orchestral language and the tension-laden tone all come into their own …. The audience is enthusiastic and celebrates the participants with frenetic applause.”

The Tiroler Tageszeitung and APA write: “A persuasive ‘Don Carlo’ at the Oper Burg Gars […] With this production, Gars has regained its name as a high-end opera venue,” and the Kurier recommends: “Up, up and to the Kamp valley! A psychological drama on an immense stage […].” Peter Dusek, posting at the Online Merker, considers “Don Carlo as a breathtaking opera spectacle […]. Brilliant!” while Die Presse notes that “[t]he set is artless and striking, and director Johannes Wildner as conductor offers an expressive performance of Verdi’s musical score.”

Meanwhile, the Kleine Zeitung remarks on costumes and music: “The ensemble, clad in resplendent historical costumes, holds to high standards […]. The Klangvereinigung Wien, conducted by director Johannes Wildner, plays […] with nuance, colour and a sense of the dramatic. Enormous acclaim!” In the Volksblatt, Ingo Rickl is delighted that “[i]n the second season of his reign as artistic director in Gars, Johannes Wildner already achieves a perfectly successful opera summer. […] With Wildner conducting, not the smallest facet of Verdi’s brilliant score is left out, and singers as well as orchestra disdain artificial amplification. Truly refreshing!

And Peter Skorepa, also in the Neuer Merker, sums it up: “This is how beautiful summer opera can be.

Further information and tickets:



22 May 2019, 19:00

Deutsches Haus, Flensburg

Sønderjyllands symphony orchestra with the

Schleswig-Holsteinischen symphony orchestra
Mahler: Symphony no. 6


23 May 2019, 19:00 

Concert hall in  Alsion, Sonderborg

Sønderjyllands symphony orchestra with the 
Schleswig-Holsteinischen symphony orchestra
A. Deutscher: Siren sounds (Waltz) (world premiere)
Mahler: Symphony no. 6


18. Juli 2019, 20.00

Oper Burg Gars - Premiere

L.V. Beethoven: Fidelio
further performances

20, 23, 25, 27 July 2019
1, 3, 6, 8 10 August 2019