Die Macht der Musik

Alfredo Bernardini dirigiert das Zefiro Barockorchester bei er Styriarte
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The lively Zefiro Baroque Orchestra and the fantastic Die Frauen des Arnold Schönberg Chors singen Arnold Schoenberg Chor bring Handel's oratorio hit "Alexanderʼs Feast" to blooming life at the start of the Styriarte. Conducted by Alfredo Bernardini blickt in die Noten Alfredo Bernardini .


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Getting off to a good start with Handel: in London in 1736, the Baroque genius celebrated the power of music with his oratorio about Alexander the Great, one of the greatest successes of his life. Covent Garden was never so full as on the evening of the premiere. For this original English version, Alfredo Bernardini unites the fantastic voices of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir with his lively Zefiro Orchestra. Daniel Johannsen lends Timotheus, the singer of ancient times, his sonorous voice, Damien Gastl gives a brilliant performance as the drunken Alexander, and Miriam Kutrowatz, as Alexander’s lover Thais, beguiles the ruler of the world.


George Frideric Handel: Alexanderʼs Feast or The Power of Music, HWV 75

Duration: around two hours with an intermission


Prices: EUR 36 / 72 / 108

U27 (for all under 27) & Ö1 Intro: 50 % reduction

Miriam Kutrowatz


The freshness and expressiveness of her singing, combined with exceptional acting skills, predestine the 1997-born Viennese for opera. Her stunning Zerlina was a highlight of the semi-concert "Don Giovanni in Nöten" at the Styriarte 2020. Her repertoire already ranges from Handel to Humperdinck.

Daniel Johannsen


The Viennese learned from all-time legends such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig and Robert Holl. He is undoubtedly one of the most important interpreters of the Lied by Franz Schubert, with which he also delights and touches the Styriarte audience time and again. In addition, his lyric tenor is in demand internationally in oratorio and opera productions.

Damien Gastl


The youthful, vital baritone left a lasting impression on the Styriarte audience at his brilliant "Don Giovanni" debut in 2020. Only a little later, in autumn 2020, he made the leap into the opera studio ensemble of his hometown of Strasbourg. In addition, the young Frenchman has already made guest appearances in oratorio productions by renowned German orchestras.

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.

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.