Dear Festival visitors

Sanssouci, maison de plaisance and Prussian Arcadia has certainly never just been the refuge of a world-enraptured philosophy-king. However, Frederick II did create a space for encounters, for philosophical discourse and visions, a place where people would gather whose ideas continue to have an effect even today. This is where musicians, philosophers, scientists, architects, writers, sculptors, painters as well as gardeners, chefs and craftspeople from all over Europe came together. And this is even truer for all of Prussia, which admitted and welcomed strangers in the spirit of tolerance and where strategists and powerful leaders decided the welfare and the suffering of people as they discussed war and peace. The fate and the history of Europe have been decided in this very place several times.

The Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci has always been aware of its responsibility: telling stories and history of the past for the present and the future. Dr. Andrea Palent’s directorship saw the Festival become a meeting point for international artists, the best and most interesting ones of their respective genres. However, the Festival’s greatest asset is still its wonderful venues: the palaces and gardens in and around Potsdam the beauty and importance of which is attested to by their status as UNESCO world heritage. A heritage that is open to everyone, a heritage we can experience and grasp with our hearts, our minds and all our senses.

The fact that the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci 2019 is characterized by the MUSES as mythical embodiment of arts and sciences, states the leitmotif for the Festival’s future: it is to be a summery summit of the arts annually creating an event celebrating the inspired interplay of creative powers with Potsdam as its enabling force driven by the integrating power of music and leading this interplay into the future. At the same time the focus is on historically informed performances of past eras and placing them in a dramaturgical concept with new constellations and productions specially created for the Festival. Thus this year a baroque opera rarity meets current dance theatre – dancing and its Muse Terpsichore are at the core of this Festival edition. We are also very much looking forward to international Early Music stars as well as representatives of the contemporary avant-garde, vocal stars such as Vesselina Kasarova or Andreas Scholl and excellent up-and-coming artists who present their skills not only at the newly created lunchtime concerts. Join the Bicycle Concert tracing »Today’s Muses«, follow Euterpe’s call to the FLUTE DAY and join Thalia with her entertaining entourage as they take up residence in the New Palace for the COMMEDIA NIGHT.

A very warm welcome to Potsdam’s summit of the Muses!

Dorothee Oberlinger