Date: April 28 to May 27, 2017
Founded in 1952, the festival is held annually in the historical town of Schwetzinger in southwestern Germany. Situated in the Schwetzingen Castle, a beautiful 250-year-old palace and park near Heidelberg, concerts are mainly presented in the historic Schlosstheater Schwetzingen. The event is well-known for its world premiere of both new opera productions, as well as rediscovered operas from former centuries performed on period instruments. Apart from renowned artists such as Gidon Kremer and Cecilia Bartoli, the SWR stage has also witnessed the rising of artists including Barbara Hendricks, Fritz Wunderlich and Teresa Berganza.