On Sunday, June 18, the 2nd Heidelberger Frühling Liedfestival came to an end with a birthday concert for the composer, clarinettist and conductor Jörg Widmann in the auditorium of the Old University of Heidelberg. For five days from June 14 to 18, 23 concerts at five venues in Heidelberg presented the diversity of the Lied: from classical song recitals in the auditorium of the Old University of Heidelberg to a four-day Lied.LAB at the Ethnological Museum by up-and-coming artists and the Liedakademie with its director Thomas Hampson to singer-songwriter concerts at the Karlstorbahnhof.
After 2022, this was the second edition of the Liedfestival, which had previously taken place as a Lied focus in the Heidelberger Frühling Musikfestival. Guest artists included Samuel Hasselhorn, Julia Kleiter, Mikhail Timoshenko, Gerold Huber, Wallis Bird, Spark - the classical band and Carolin Widmann. In addition, the Liedfestival stage belonged primarily to young up-and-coming voices such as Bella Adamova, Sophia Burgos, Kieran Carrel, Äneas Humm or Laurence Kilsby, as well as this year's cohort of the Liedakademie. Singing legend Thomas Hampson gave a series of lectures on the Lied at Neuburg Abbey as part of his honorary professorship at Heidelberg University.
The Liedfestival was sponsored by the City of Heidelberg and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne. As an artists' hotel, the Europäischer Hof Heidelberg became a central meeting place for artists from Germany and abroad.
The 3rd Heidelberger Frühling Liedfestival will take place from June 8 to 16, 2024.