Musikfestspiele Potsdam SanssouciFestival
The Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival is a festival with music ranging from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic in historically accurate performances. In recent years the program has been expanded to include jazz, world music, and new music releases. The festival is held annually for three weeks in June, featuring about 80 performances set in the UNESCO world heritage of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens in Potsdam and Berlin, as well as in Potsdam’s historical centre and its surroundings. The festival is supported by the Capital City of Potsdam and the State of Brandenburg and is staged in cooperation with the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.
There are up to three opera productions, Palace Concerts, Open-Air concerts, and a Bicycle Concert. Also featured are guided tours, lectures, and innovative music-cultural concepts for audio conveyance. Child projects are also to be performed – most of these are either in-house productions or especially thematically arranged for the festival. Every year sees at least one new performance format.
Since 2018, recorder player and conductor Prof. Dorothee Oberlinger has been the Artistic Director of the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. The managing directorship was taken over by Heike Bohmann in the same year. Under Dorothee Oberlinger’s artistic directorship the overall ensemble of Prussian arts will continue to be presented as a summer gathering for international artists with opera, music, and changing themes imaginatively containing the historic connections to the City of Potsdam and the State of Brandenburg.