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Cappella Aquileia

Originally an offshoot of the Heidenheim Opera Festival, the Cappella Aquileia has taken on an independent existence, touring with and recording non-operatic music. Although not a historical performance group, the Cappella Aquileia performs in chamber dimensions that often resemble those of the ensembles for which 19th century orchestral music was intended. The Heidenheim Opera Festival was founded in 1977 in Heidenheim an der Brenz, a town in southern Germany's Baden-Württemberg state, near the Bavarian border and the city of Ulm. The festival took its present name in 1988. At first, operatic productions were mounted in the ruins of Hellenstein Castle, where minstrels had sung as far back as the Middle Ages. Later, full-scale operas were presented at the Heidenheim Concert Hall. In 2011, Heidenheim native and veteran opera director and educator Marcus Bosch succeeded Marco-Maria Canonica as the artistic director of the festival. Under his leadership, the musicians of the festival orchestra became a more coherent group. The Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra served as the festival orchestra from 1985 to 2012; members of the Stuttgart Philharmonic took over this role in 2013. A subgroup of festival orchestra players began to perform together in 2011, and in 2016, Bosch formalized them as the Cappella Aquileia. The group began to perform concerts of instrumental music independently of the opera festival, touring Switzerland, France, and Italy. It continues to perform at the opera festival under the name Orchester des OH! The orchestra continues to perform a New Year's concert and several other concerts annually under Bosch's direction in Heidenheim, with a resumption of concert activity planned for 2021. In Heidenheim, the group performs at various venues, including the Festspielhaus Congress Centrum and the Pauluskirche Heidenheim. The orchestra made its recording debut under Bosch in a performance of Verdi's I Lombardi on the Coviello Classics label in 2019. In 2020, the group released three recordings: one of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, with violinist Lena Neudauer; one of Beethoven's late incidental music (both of these were on the CPO label); and one of Schumann's Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 39, and Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, on Coviello Classics.
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