In the summer of 2017, LUCERNE FESTIVAL focuses on a theme that is highly topical and political: “Identity.” We plan to explore the musical manifestations of this concept – a concept that acquires new significance amid today’s heated discussions of globalization, migration, and isolationism.
He combines high tech with emotional power: the Dutch artist Michel van der Aa is a composer, filmmaker, and director, all in one. He uses innovative digital technologies to bring music theater into the 21st century.
The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the young cellist Jay Campbell are the two “artistes étoiles” we have invited: artists who follow their own distinctive paths and who radically re-examine the very identity of classical music in fresh ways.
450 years ago saw the birth of Claudio Monteverdi. Sir John Eliot Gardiner celebrates “ll divino Claudio,” as his contemporaries called him, by conducting all three of his surviving operas over a five-day period.
A Sunday full of music: the big Special Event Day on 27 August offers a chance to immerse yourself in the colorful world of the Festival from morning to evening. We’ve put together a total of 14 concerts exploring this year’s theme of “Identity.”
Adults and youngsters from across Switzerland who come from a refugee or immigrant background will visit the Festival for a day, at the conclusion of which they produce an hour-long radio program.
Four-and-a-half weeks of world class music: experience the legedary conductors, the solo virtuosos, and of course the matchless "parade" of top international orchestras.
Bring youngsters to the concert for free
What could be lovelier than introducing young listeners to the enchanting world of classical music? When you buy a ticket for selected events of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, you will receive a free ticket allowing you to share the concert with a young guest.
Special Offers & Discounts for students
School and university students can obtain discounted tickets for CHF 20 at the box office right before the concert and when buying tickets in advance. And with the "5 for 4" voucher, five discounted ticket vouchers can be purchased for the price of four. Tickets for selected concerts at a reduced price of CHF 20 are now on sale at the end of June. An up-to-date list of current specials as well as further information on how to order can be found on this page.