Closing Soirée

The Tyrol Festival Erl comes to an end with a musical firework display: in a three-part gala of ambitious dimensions many festival artists take the opportunity to look back over the past 20 years of festive musical happenings, celebrate the present and look forward with blissful anticipation in C major to the future. Highlights of the past years should of course not be missing, for instance the quartet from Rigoletto, an ensemble from Die Fledermaus and the overture to Die Hochzeit des Figaro. Grand arias from Don Carlo and Barbiere round off the opera section, before that Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Bruckner’s Locus iste, Webern’s opus 30 and much more can be heard. The evening is also an expression of gratitude to the public who have accompanied us along the way, and so music by Richard Wagner is an essential part of the evening. The Festwiese (meadow scene) from Act Three of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, performed scenically, brings the festival summer and this musical festivity to a close.

Program and cast

Orchestra and Choir Academy of the Tyrolean Festival Erl

Soloists Frederik Baldus, Joo-Anne Bitter,
Ferdinand von Bothmer, Iurie Ciobanu, Thomas Gazheli, Franz Hawlata, KS Oskar Hillebrandt, Hui Jin, Svetlana Kotina, Anna Lucia Nardi, Julian Orlishausen, Giovanni Battista Parodi, Anna Princeva, James Roser, Alena Sautier, Raphael Sigling, Andrea Silvestrelli, Bianca Tognocchi, Giorgio Valenta, Nicola Ziccardi and many others.


Conductors Andreas Leisner, Ekhart Wycik, Beomseok Yi


Piano Jasminka Stancˇul

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July 2019

Festspielhaus Erl



Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, the extraordinary structure boasts 862 seats (130 of which are flexible seats near the orchestra) and the world’s largest orchestra pit (160-sq meters). The total useable surface is 7,000-square meter. General contractor was STRABAG, project manager Ing. Georg Höger.


The new Festspielhaus respects and compliments the architecture of the old Passionsspielhaus and its natural surroundings in a unique way: in the summer, when the Tyrolean Festival Erl or the Passion Plays take place at the white Passionsspielhaus, the dark Festspielhaus will blend with the dark forest, allowing the Passionsspielhaus to be dominant. In the winter it is the other way round: while the white Passionsspielhaus will fade into the surroundings, the dark Festspielhaus will stand out against the white landscape.


The Festspielhaus offers the modern infrastructure that has been sorely missing at the Passionsspielhaus, including a foyer with cloakroom, modern stage machinery, several rehearsal rooms and plenty of space for administrative offices. The Festspielhaus provides the Tyrolean Festival Erl with the basic conditions it needs to ensure the Festival’s success will continue into the future.




The Passionsspielhaus in Erl, built between 1957 and 159 on plans by architect Robert Schuller, is an architectural and acoustic masterpiece. The structure blends with its surroundings and is a visual extension of the adjoining mountains.
Thanks to its striking shape the Passionspielhaus instantly became Erl’s greatest landmark. Austria’s largest orchestra theater accommodates up to 1500 visitors. The 25-meter wide stage is tiered and provides a spectacular backdrop for the 500 passion play actors as well as the orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which performs onstage as there is no orchestra pit. 


A café serving snacks and beverages was added in 1997 and an Art Room for 150 visitors was opened in 2003.  
When the Festspielhaus was renovated between October 2006 and April 2007 all sanitary facilities were upgraded; an “orchestra pit” with scissor lift and a substructure for the main stage were added; the auditorium got equipped with a deaf loop system and a new floor; the catwalk, the exterior design, the cellar beneath the donkey ramp, the refreshment stand, all electrical installations and the ventilation system were replaced; and the wardrobe and the stairway renovated.  






Germany, Eastern Austria
A8 Munich-Salzburg, Autobahndreieck Inntal, A 93, Motorway exit Nussdorf/Brannenburg or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf

Italy, Switzerland, Western Austria
Inntalautobahn A 12, motorway exit Kufstein Nord or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf; from Italy: after Brenner Pass take A 13 and A 12 (approx. 1 h 20 min to Erl); from the Swiss border it’s a 3 hour drive to Erl; the entire journey is on motorways and expressways.

In Austria, the use of motorways and expressways is subject to payment of a toll.

Munich – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Salzburg – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Innsbruck – Erl approx. 45 hour by car



All long distance and regional trains stop in Kufstein. 




Innsbruck (90 km),
Salzburg (90 km),
München (110 km).


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