Musicbanda Franui & The Strottern

Franzen Festivals
A Schubertiade


The musicbanda from the high Alpine region of Innervillgraten and the duo from the lowlands have long had an appointment for a summit meeting. It takes place in Erl under the heading Franzensfeste. This is an allusion not only to the village located not so far from Innervillgraten, it is also a festivity for Franz. That’s how all true musicians refer to their Schubert. The ‘Strottern’ and Franui got to know each other through Schubert. It was on an island in the Baltic Sea and it was winter. When the Strottern finished their song, the members of Franui said that it must have sounded like that when Schubert sang Die Winterreise for his friends. And when Franui played the final chord, the Strottern said that it must have sounded like that when Schubert played dance music for his friends in winter. A plan to create a new Schubertiad was quickly made. Songs, choruses, dances – the full programme.

Program and cast

The musicians


Musicbanda Franui
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet - Johannes Eder
Tuba - Andreas Fuetsch
Soprano and Alto Saxophone, Clarinet - Romed Hopfgartner
Double Bass, Accordion - Markus Kraler
Harp, Zither, Vocals - Angelika Rainer
Dulcimer, vocals - Bettina Rainer
Trumpet, Vocals - Markus Rainer
trumpet, vocals, musical direction - Andreas Schett
valve trombone, vocals - Martin Senfter
Violin - Nikolai Tunkowitsch

The Strotters
Vocals, Violin - Klemens Lendl
Vocals, Guitar - David Müller

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July 2019

Festspielhaus Erl



Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, the extraordinary structure boasts 862 seats (130 of which are flexible seats near the orchestra) and the world’s largest orchestra pit (160-sq meters). The total useable surface is 7,000-square meter. General contractor was STRABAG, project manager Ing. Georg Höger.


The new Festspielhaus respects and compliments the architecture of the old Passionsspielhaus and its natural surroundings in a unique way: in the summer, when the Tyrolean Festival Erl or the Passion Plays take place at the white Passionsspielhaus, the dark Festspielhaus will blend with the dark forest, allowing the Passionsspielhaus to be dominant. In the winter it is the other way round: while the white Passionsspielhaus will fade into the surroundings, the dark Festspielhaus will stand out against the white landscape.


The Festspielhaus offers the modern infrastructure that has been sorely missing at the Passionsspielhaus, including a foyer with cloakroom, modern stage machinery, several rehearsal rooms and plenty of space for administrative offices. The Festspielhaus provides the Tyrolean Festival Erl with the basic conditions it needs to ensure the Festival’s success will continue into the future.




The Passionsspielhaus in Erl, built between 1957 and 159 on plans by architect Robert Schuller, is an architectural and acoustic masterpiece. The structure blends with its surroundings and is a visual extension of the adjoining mountains.
Thanks to its striking shape the Passionspielhaus instantly became Erl’s greatest landmark. Austria’s largest orchestra theater accommodates up to 1500 visitors. The 25-meter wide stage is tiered and provides a spectacular backdrop for the 500 passion play actors as well as the orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which performs onstage as there is no orchestra pit. 


A café serving snacks and beverages was added in 1997 and an Art Room for 150 visitors was opened in 2003.  
When the Festspielhaus was renovated between October 2006 and April 2007 all sanitary facilities were upgraded; an “orchestra pit” with scissor lift and a substructure for the main stage were added; the auditorium got equipped with a deaf loop system and a new floor; the catwalk, the exterior design, the cellar beneath the donkey ramp, the refreshment stand, all electrical installations and the ventilation system were replaced; and the wardrobe and the stairway renovated.  






Germany, Eastern Austria
A8 Munich-Salzburg, Autobahndreieck Inntal, A 93, Motorway exit Nussdorf/Brannenburg or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf

Italy, Switzerland, Western Austria
Inntalautobahn A 12, motorway exit Kufstein Nord or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf; from Italy: after Brenner Pass take A 13 and A 12 (approx. 1 h 20 min to Erl); from the Swiss border it’s a 3 hour drive to Erl; the entire journey is on motorways and expressways.

In Austria, the use of motorways and expressways is subject to payment of a toll.

Munich – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Salzburg – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Innsbruck – Erl approx. 45 hour by car



All long distance and regional trains stop in Kufstein. 




Innsbruck (90 km),
Salzburg (90 km),
München (110 km).


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