Open air, unplugged: Johannes Wildner and “The Magic Flute” at the Oper Burg Gars – from July 13th

“The Magic Flute” is, according to artistic director and conductor Johannes Wildner, “the starting shot for the European Enlightenment society that spans the past 200 years.” Whether Enlightenment and the associated ideals are still applicable to the deep crisis that Europe currently finds itself in – that is the question that director Kurt-Josef Schildknecht asks in his staging just as Wildner and the rising stars in the fresh, international, ensemble ask it in their interpretation of Mozart’s music.
Details regarding cast, performance dates, shuttles from Vienna, and more are available at the Oper Burg Gars web site. By the way, the mediaeval Burg Gars is not only the perfect stage for both this opera and the question posed by the production. The castle’s excellent acoustics also make the Oper Burg Gars festival one of the very few that need not and will not use electronic amplification.




World premiere! Johannes Wildner presents Friedemann Katt’s “De rerum natura” – May 28th

To celebrate a hundred years of Lions Club International, the Lions Club Ried is causing a stir with a noteworthy world premiere: “De Rerum Natura – Of the Nature of Things”, Franz Xaver Frenzel’s broadest work so far, and his most comprehensive. The composer describes the work as “philosophical – romantic – modern; yet, just like a baroque-era painted ceiling, entertaining.” The Festival-Sinfonietta Orchestra Linz, with Johannes Wildner conducting, will present this world premiere on May 28th at Ried im Innkreis.


Recording: Johannes Wildner extends the Braunfels-series – May 15th–17th

Johannes Wildner returns to London to continue Dutton Records’ successful series of recordings of Walter Braunfels’s music. As with the preceding instalments, Wildner will conduct the excellent BBC Concert Orchestra. Volumes 1-3 are already available.





Concert: Johannes Wildner and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra – May 5th

On May 5th, Johannes Wildner, praised for his authentic, captivating and elegant interpretation of the works of the Vienna Classical period, will conduct the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra with Brahms’ “Variations on Theme by Haydn” op. 56a, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C with Liwei Qin as soloist, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.



Greetings from Vienna: Johannes Wildner conducting works by Berg and Schubert in Sofia – Apr. 2nd

Following up on a highly acclaimed performance of Slavic music this past season, Johannes Wildner and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra are presenting Viennese works on April 2nd. Wildner will conduct Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (dedicated “To the memory of an angel”), with Albena Danailova, concert master with the Vienna Philharmonic, as soloist, and Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat major.









6 May 2017

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Brahms:  Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56a
Joseph Haydn:  Cello Concerto No.1, C-major , Hob VIIb:1 (Cello: Liwei Qin)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. , c minor, op. 67


15 -17 May 2017
BBC-Concert Orchestra

Walter Braunfels, vol. 4.


28 May 2017

Gala Concert - Ried i. Innskreis

Franz Xaver Frenzel: Oratorio (world premiere)


13 July 2016
Oper Burg Gars

The Magic Flute - Premiere

Further performances:
July 15, 18, 21, 23, 27, 29,
August: 4, 5,