Tyrolean Erl Festival
In 1997, Maestro Gustav Kuhn – a former student of the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan – established an independent music festival in the small Tyrolean village of Erl. Since 2005, the event has been run as a limited company which now encompasses its own orchestra, choir academy and costume workshop – all of which moved into the new Erl Festival Theatre building in November 2012.
Dr. Hans Peter Haselsteiner has been appointed Festival President, while the overall leadership is in the hands of Gustav Kuhn. At the core of the Tyrolean Erl Festival is the ability to compile a programme beyond the usual industry-specific confines. As a result, operatic and classical concerts are complemented by jazz and folk performances, along with 20th-century genres and contemporary interpretations of established styles.
With this philosophy, the Tyrolean Erl Festival has evolved into an artistically acclaimed and financially successful venture – centred around Wagner, Strauss and the Romantic period in summer, and a primary repertoire of Mozart, Bach, Belcanto and Italian classical pieces in winter.
Every year, the summer festival attracts up to 20,000 visitors – making it a significant contributor to the economy on an entire region. The German newspaper ‘Frankfurter Rundschau’ described the event as “a tightrope act of exceedingly ambitious projects”. This is doubtlessly based on Gustav Kuhn’s commitment to covering a broad creative spectrum. “Culture is more than just following one specific track. What we are trying to achieve is a festival of juxtapositions.”
Thanks to our partnership with the Tyrolean Erl Festival, five Festival Soirées with selected musical performances are held at the Kitzbühel Country Club each year.
See here for the latest Festival Programme
KCC Members attending concerts at the Festival Theatre in Erl benefit from the following advantages:
- 10% ticket discount
- Contingency tickets for sold-out performances on request
- Children under 10: free admission to all festival events
- Teens aged 11–18, students under 30, National and Civilian Service personnel, people with disabilities: Opera € 25 / Subscription (gallery seating) € 80, Concert € 15, Chamber Music € 10