die Mitglieder von Recreation auf der Stiege im Grazer Congress Recreation - Das Orchester takes on cantatas 4 to 6 from Johann Sebastian Bach 1746, mit Rätselkanon (Ölgemälde von Elias Gottlob Haußmann) Johann Sebastian Bach's wonderful cycle Christmas Oratorio.

Short-term cast change

Jordi Savall had to cancel his participation in the project "Christmas Oratorio" on 5 and 6 January 2022 in the Minoritensaal in Graz with a heavy heart due to an illness that makes it impossible for him to travel to Austria at the moment. Styriarte would like to thank Michael Hell for taking over the direction of this production at such short notice.

In place of the alto Raffaele Pe, who was also unable to attend, Ms. Margot Oitzinger stepped into the production at very short notice.


What to expect:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 4 to 6 from “Christmas oratorio”, BWV 248

Maria Ladurner


Excellent stylistics and a brightly shining vocal sound are the qualities with which Maria Ladurner has rushed from success to success in the baroque and classical repertoire. In addition to guest appearances at numerous European houses, she also made her Styriarte debut in 2020 at the Festival opening with the leading role in J. J. Fux's "Gifts of the Night".

Margot Oitzinger


The mezzo-soprano has a love for early music: the Graz-born singer has made a name for herself both as a concert singer and as an opera interpreter and works with renowned conductors such as the exceptional talent Jordi Savall. Polyphonic and early baroque ensemble singing are as much a part of her daily routine as the works of high baroque masters as a soloist.

Markus Volpert


The baritone Markus Volpert is well known for his broad repertoire and impresses with his experience as concert singer, which he gained by working with renowned conductors.

Camerata Styria


Meister:innen fallen selten vom Himmel. Der Camerata Styria ist unter Sebastian Meixners Leitung genau dieses seltene Kunststück gelungen. Seit seinen ersten Konzerten im Gründungsjahr 2020 begeistert der junge Chor sein Publikum mit Klangpracht und dynamischem Reichtum.

Sebastian Meixner


Der studierte Musikerzieher und Informatiker, dessen Hauptinstrument das Klavier ist, besitzt ein Goldhändchen für das Führen singender Menschengruppen. Das beweist er als Mitgründer des Jugendchors nota bene ebenso wie mit seinem brandneuen Ensemble, der Camerata Styria, die er aus ehemaligen Stimmen des Landesjugendchors Cantanima gebildet hat.

Michael Hell

Leitung, Cembalo, Blockflöte

Michael Hell, geboren in Nordrhein-Westfalen, ist sowohl auf der Blockflöte als auch am Cembalo ein Virtuose, dessen Ruf weit über seine Grazer Wahlheimat hinausreicht. Zudem ist er führender Experte für Generalbass und historische Aufführungspraxis, der Regeln und Geschichte(n) seiner Kunst mit ansteckender Begeisterung zu vermitteln weiß.

Recreation - Das Orchester


Recreation is special in many ways: consisting of musicians whose nationalities range from Japan to Venezuela, most of the members received part of their training in Graz. After its formation in 2002, the collective played unique halls such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt and worked with outstanding conductors.


between New Year and Epiphany

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in January? Recreation under Michael Hell's direction brings Parts 4 to 6 at the right time, between New Year and Epiphany. Those in the know have always maintained that these parts are just as deserving of recognition as Parts 1 to 3. Parts 4 to 6 contain the most rewarding arias for tenor Gernot Heinrich und soprano Maria Ladurner. Camerata Styria can look forward to singing three of Bach’s most beautiful opening choruses and wonderful chorales.

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