After doing The Rake’s arias in Amsterdam in 2014 it seemed very tempting to dream about a full version of Rake’s. Barbara had meanwhile been invited by the Ojai Festival in California as music director for it’s 2019 edition. Also she founded the Equilibrium Young Artists Programme, which focuses on young musicians who are finished with their training and in the first substantial phase of their professional career, with special attention to singers. A semi staged production of The Rake’s Progress was created in 2019 In collaboration of Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and LUDWIG with Barbara as conductor/music director, soloists from the Equilibrium Programme and Linus Fellbom as stage director.
The Rake’s Progress toured Europe and was part of the Ojai Festival and Aldeburgh Festival in 2019. In both festivals, various other programmes were performed by LUDWIG, a.o. Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Stravinsky Pulcinella, Grisey Quatre Chants, Gershwin Girl Crazy Suite, Haydn symphony 49, Waltons Façade.