history of Barroco na Bahia started when His Eminence Dom
Lucas Moreira Neves
invited Hans Bonisch to prepare the Barroco na Bahia project.
In 1991, Hans Bonisch founded in Germany the Barroco na Bahia
project. It was Formed
by a Christian group with the
objective of revitalizing sacred classical music in Salvador,
Brazil, as Dom Lucas Moreira Neves had asked. Between
1995 and 1996 Hans Bonisch, with the German Government and
the Schloss Raesfeld European Center, completed restoration
of the old residence of Dr. Ernesto Filho, which is
today the center of the Barroco na Bahia project. Since 1997
the Barroco na Bahia project has been working together with
a Brazilian university, UNIFACS, in the productions of operas.
of an opera was completed, the opera produced was “Fidelio”
by Ludwig van Beethoveen; in 1998, it was “The Magic Flute”
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert
Humperdinck was performed in 1999, and in 2000 “The Abduction
from the Seraglio” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In 2001
"Die Freischütz" by Carl Maria von Weber; in 2002, "Parsifal" by Richard Wagner; in 2003, "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a new production; in 2004, "The Bat" by Johann Strauss and in 2005, a new production of "Die Freischütz" by Carl Maria von Weber. All performances
were held at the Castro Alves Theater in Salvador.