Amor und Psyche


Baroque spectacle Beleuchteter Schlosshof von Eggenberg bei einem styriarte Fest in the courtyard of Eggenberg Palace. Adrian Schvarzstein in der Produktion Il Ciarlatano Adrian Schvarzstein stages J. J. Fux's opera "Psiche", Alfredo Bernardini blickt in die Noten Alfredo Bernardini Schoenberg Choir, Zefiro Baroque Orchestra and exquisite soloists complete the happiness.



Johann Joseph Fux: Psiche, K 313 (Baroque opera)

Carlotta Colombo, Venere (soprano)
Monica Piccinini, Psiche (soprano)
Raffaele Pe, Amore (countertenor)
Christopher Ainslie, Mercurius (countertenor)
Giacomo Nanni, Giove (basso)

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (study: Erwin Ortner)
Zefiro Barockorchester
Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini

Staging: Adrian Schvarzstein
Equipment: Lilli Hartmann

Welcome at the picnic lawn: Spafudla

Carlotta Colombo


Über „Gefühle in der Musik“ weiß die Sopranistin aus der Lombardei, Jahrgang 1992, nicht nur aus der Praxis genauestens Bescheid, sondern auch dank ihres gleichnamigen Forschungsschwerpunkts im Studium der Philosophie. An Italiens Häusern ist sie in vielfältigen Rollen zu hören – von Monteverdi und Rameau bis zu Mozart und Rossini.

Monica Piccinini


Her intimately flowing, gently glowing voice is one of the most beautiful you could imagine for the affect songs of Monteverdi, Pergolesi or Handel. No wonder that Monica Piccinini's lyric soprano is not only acclaimed at Italy's great houses and highly esteemed by stars such as Jordi Savall or Fabio Biondi.

Raffaele Pe


His enormous expressiveness makes him one of the most important countertenors in Italy. Raffaele Pe, born in Lauden in 1985, shines in great baroque roles under star conductors such as René Jacobs or Jordi Savall.

Christo­pher Ainslie


Einen „Rockstar der Barockoper“ nennt ihn die New York Times. Dabei arbeitete Christopher Ainslie, 1978 in Kapstadt geboren, zunächst als Wirtschaftsprüfer, bevor ihn seine außergewöhnliche Countertenorstimme in den Olymp der internationalen Musikwelt trug. Heute gehört er zu den führenden Interpreten des barocken und klassischen Repertoires.

Giacomo Nanni


Der junge Römer war als Spross einer musikalischen Familie bereits unterwegs zu einer Karriere als Pianist und Geiger, als seine außergewöhnliche Bassstimme entdeckt wurde. Mittlerweile hat er sich mit dem Concerto Romano der Wiederbelebung von Roms vergessenen Barockschätzen verschrieben – und singt außerdem Partien aus Klassik und Moderne

Arnold Schoenberg Chor


The differentiation and plasticity with which Erwin Ortner's hand-picked ensemble of voices realises choral works from all epochs is unrivalled. The Arnold Schoenberg Choir, founded in 1972 and a regular guest at the Styriarte festival for decades, has won countless prizes - including the Grammy in 2002 for a St Matthew Passion under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Erwin Ortner


The doyen of Austrian choral music has been closely associated with the Styriarte festival for decades - also thanks to the congenial, "Grammy"- and "Echo"-award-winning collaboration of his Arnold Schoenberg Choir with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Erwin Ortner is also Hofkapellmeister in Vienna and was the rector of the Vienna University of Music for many years.

Zefiro Baroque Orchestra

Baroque Oorchestra

The top Italian ensemble is one of the Styriarte's closest friends - it is impossible to imagine our season-long project of rediscovering Fux's operatic jewels without it. Zefiro concentrates on the music of the 18th century and is considered a worldwide reference especially in the concert repertoire with solo wind instruments.

Alfredo Bernardini

Oboist & Conductor

His incredibly lively and sonorous performing has made the Roman Alfredo Bernardini the leading baroque oboist of our time. As a soloist and conductor, he appears worldwide with top ensembles such as Hespèrion XXI or the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. His own ensemble Zefiro is also a celebrated public favourite at the Styriarte festival.

Adrian Schvarzstein


Wherever this man appears, he guarantees to surprise us. Adrian Schvarzstein, born in Buenos Aires in 1967, is not only an actor and clown of international renown, but with his directing works inspired by commedia dell'arte, street art and circus, he turns every musical theatre piece into an adventure for audience and artists alike.

Lilli Hartmann

Stage designer

The opulence and playfulness of her sets never cease to amaze: Lilli Hartmann plays a decisive role in shaping the look of the Styriarte. The versatile artist from Rosenheim in Bavaria studied in London and worked for a long time in Madrid, outside the theatres she is also represented internationally with exhibitions and short films.



Ein "Spafudla" ist ein seltsamer Artgenosse: Selbst wenn er nur den Lichtspan zu halten hat, fuchtelt er lieber damit herum. Spafudla sind eben verspielte kreative Geschöpfe voll unbändiger Spielfreude, und so klingt auch ihre Musik – auf den Tanzböden der steirischen Heimat ebenso wie in den Konzertsälen dies- und jenseits der Grenze.


Baroque splendor in the magnificent courtyard of Schloss Eggenberg.

Alfredo Bernardini is conducting his fourth opera by Johann Joseph Fux at the styriarte festival: Psiche, an especially dramatic score from 1720. Love and lust, desire and despair, jealousy and clemency all add to the thrilling story of beautiful Psyche, the bride of Amor (Cupid), who is almost destroyed by the machinations of Venus. Raffaele Pe and Monica Piccinini lead a brilliant quintet of soloists, enveloped in the opulent sound of the Zefiro orchestra and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor. Baroque opera with everything an audience could wish for on a wonderful summer evening.

Prices: EUR 44 / 99 / 135

Ö1 Intro: the "Kultüröffner" for everybody younger than 30
U27: 50% off for people younger than 27


Welcome on the picnic lawn

Before the opera there will be welcome glass of Harkamp sparkling wine in our new stretch tent on the picnic lawn at the time given for the beginning of the concert. The event lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes altogether.

In case of bad weather or high humidity, the performances will take place in the Helmut List Halle. The decision about the weather situation will be taken at 4pm or 6pm and will be posted on our website.

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