The Capella Augustina is the resident orchestra of the Brühl Palace Concerts. Conducted by its founder, the early music specialist Andreas Spering, these internationally acclaimed musicians specialized in performance practice gather to rehearse and perform repertoire ranging from the Baroque Age to the 19th century, using period instruments and applying the specific musical styles that these works demand. The ensemble is led by its concertmaster, Armenian-French violinist Chouchane Siranossian.
Ever since the Brühl Palace Concerts attracted widespread notice by inaugurating the very first Haydn Festival in the Federal Republic of Germany, the works of Joseph Haydn have formed the centrepiece of the Capella Augustina’s concert programmes. In recent years they have performed Haydn’s operas ›Armida‹ and ›La vera costanza‹, as well as the oratorio ›Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze‹. In 2016, the orchestra performed the complete ›Paris Symphonies‹ of Joseph Haydn in Brühl, in 2017 Haydn’s last opera ›L’anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice‹; in 2018, it will present Haydn’s oratorio ›The Seasons‹.
The high standards of the ensemble’s ongoing work in Brühl have increasingly attracted attention outside the region as well. They have thus been invited to perform Haydn’s marionette opera ›Die Feuersbrunst‹ and his opera ›L’infedeltà delusa‹ at the Potsdam Music Festival, and the Lower Saxony Music Festival has featured the Capella Augustina in a production of Haydn’s oratorio ›Il Trionfo del Tempo‹. In addition, the Capella has been invited to perform at the two palaces in Hungary and in Austria that previously belonged to the House of Esterházy, Haydn’s employer for many years. The orchestra also presented a staged production of Mozart’s opera ›Così fan tutte‹ at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg. It has inaugurated a new concert hall for the Bavarian Forest Cultural Festival (Kulturwald) with Haydn’s ›Creation‹, and was invited to perform in the Kingdom of Bahrain in a production of Mozart’s ›Le Nozze di Figaro‹ staged by Aix-en-Provence Festival. In 2017, the Capella Augustina gave guest performances at the Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival, the Potsdam Music Festival and the European Festival Weeks in Passau. In 2018, the orchestra appears at the Händel Festival Halle, the Mozart Festival Würzburg, at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and – again – at the European Festival Weeks in Passau.
The ensemble has released several award-winning CDs, including the Handel opera ›Imeneo‹, the Haydn oratorios ›The Creation‹ and ›Il Ritorno di Tobia‹, und the Brahms serenades for orchestra.
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