Founder Sir Georg Solti

Conductors Valery Gergiev
Sir Donald Runnicles
Sir Karl Jenkins

Patron Emeritus Lady Solti

Director and Co-founder
Charles Kaye

World Orchestra for Peace back to home
The WOP Recordings

18 April 1998 - Baden-Baden, GERMANY

World Orchestra for Peace

Conductor - Valery Gergiev


MENDELSSOHN Overture and Scherzo 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

BARTOK Suite 'The Miraculous Mandarin' Op. 19

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


Inaugural concert of the new Festspielhaus

The new Festspielhaus had commissioned a programme from this orchestra to demonstrate, from its first concert, that Baden-Baden intended to reach out artistically to the world and to welcome the best of the world’s artists to its stage.


The programme chosen by Solti was designed to display, once again, the quality and brilliance of the somewhat larger (85 players, 51 orchestras, 25 countries) World Orchestra for Peace - and concluded with Brahms, a composer who spent much of his holiday and composing time in Baden-Baden.

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World Orchestra for Peace performing in Baden-Baden in 1998

World Orchestra for Peace performing in Baden-Baden

Photo: Courtesy Festspielhaus Baden-Baden