Baritone Benjamin Appl opened Germany’s festive season with a starring role in Dresden’s annual ZDF Adventkonzert. The German singer performed together with Diana Damrau and Christian Thielemann at the Frauenkirche, with other stars including Tuuli Takala, Helmut Fuchs and the State Chorus Opera Dresden. Appl performed two arias in Mendelssohns cantata Vom Himmel hoch, the duet of Adam and Eve and the last hymn from Haydn’s The Creation.

The annual concert, now a beloved tradition which marks the beginning of the Advent season in Germany, was broadcast on Sunday 3rd December on German national TV. The broadcast is available to stream on zdf.de until 1/1/18 – please click here to view the broadcast.

Photo credit: ZDF / Robert Michael