From its creation in 1972 when the abbey was still in ruins to the experimental “LABO” of last year, 2020, from the pioneering years of the “Festival de Musique Ancienne” to the “Academies Musicales”, the Festival de Saintes has never ceased to evolve, maintaining its unwavering ambition for musical excellence.
For this particular edition, the Festival de Saintes will be a communal celebration with greater accessibility, open to all whatever their knowledge, their specialty, their desire. Everyone is welcome to sample the ‘Abbaye aux Dames’ experience and its music.
This fiftieth edition will be instrumental in the continuity of the style and atmosphere of the festival which adapts constantly in keeping with the changes at the Abbaye aux Dames itself. Beauty, purity and excellence are key influences. These essential values will characterise this edition, a relentless quest for talent, rarity, new interpretations and the reexamination of compositions.
In the programme for this 50th edition: L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Le Banquet Céleste, Vox Luminis, Le Caravansérail, Les Ambassadeurs, Gli Angeli Genève, le Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye, Inalto Ensemble, Voces Suaves, l’Académie baroque d’Ambronay, l’Ensemble Correspondances…