Thanks to the Saintes Festival the site is maintained.
1981 – 2002
Artistic direction by Philippe Herreweghe
The original programme was based on a repertoire of baroque music. It then widened to renaissance, contemporary and wordlwide. Always keeping an eye on the quality and authenticity of artistic excellence.
Philippe Herreweghe remains an emblematic figure on the festival scene. Now the artistic direction is assured by Stephan Maciejewski who calls upon the following principle musical partners : Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent, but also Paul Van Nevel, Vanessa Wagner…
The Abbaye aux Dames becomes la cité musicale. The Saintes Festival is one of the main ways in which it spreads its influence.