Opernpremieren 2018/19


Premiere 11|23|18

Giuseppe Verdi 1813 — 1901

Opera in four acts • 1887 
Libretto by Arrigo Boito based on the play with the same title Othello by William Shakespeare

In Italian with German and English surtitles 

Conductor Kirill Petrenko, Asher Fish (06.12.2018)
Production Amélie Niermeyer
Stage Christian Schmidt
Costumes Annelies Vanlaere
Light Olaf Winter
Choreographic Collaboration Thomas Wilhelm
Choir Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgy Malte Krasting

• Otello Jonas Kaufmann
• Jago Gerald Finley 
• Cassio Evan Leroy Johnson 
• Rodrigo Galeano Salas
• Lodovico Bálint Szabó
• Montano Milan Siljanov 
• Ein Herold Markus Suihkonen
• Desdemona Anja Harteros
• Emilia Rachael Wilson 

Fri,     23.11.18, 7 pm, Prices U Premiere BR
Wed,  28.11.18, 7 pm, Prices S Abo
Sun,  02.12.18, 7 pm, Prices T
Thu,  06.12.18, 7 pm, Prices S Abo
Mon, 10.12.18, 7 pm, Prices S
Sat,   15.12.18, 7 pm, Prices T
Fri,     21.12.18, 7 pm, Prices T

Fri,     12.07.19, 7 pm, Prices U
Mon, 15.07.19, 7 pm, Prices U

Prices in Euro
S 243 / 213 / 183 / 143 / 102 / 67 / 21 / 16
T 264 / 230 / 190 / 148 / 104 / 69 / 28 / 20
U 293 / 263 / 228 / 183 / 128 / 75 / 32 / 23

Introductory matinee
Sun,  18.11.18, 11 am
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast 
live on BR-KLASSIK.

Like an outcry the elemental force of the orchestra shatters the silence, the storm on the coast of Cyprus rages incessantly. The wind whips, lightening cuts through the roaring skies. Giuseppe Verdi anticipated the sedition in the hearts of his characters in the revolting nature. His penultimate opera, with which he once again produced musical drama after a longer creative break, takes the listener by the throat and holds them so until the inevitable end. As Othello, the great general and commander becomes entangled in Iago's web of machinations; as the calamitous seed of jealousy germinates and Othello's love for his wife Desdemona begins to decay, even on their wedding day; as Desdemona, "nevertheless insists, although she senses or feels that this harm comes her way, and that Othello in his jealousy is really capable of killing her" (Amélie Niermeyer) – with his Otello Verdi created an operatic drama, the likes of which had never before been so tight, so direct, so intensive and so beautiful, and still today unmatched.

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Premiere 12|22|18

Bedřich Smetana 1824 — 1884

Operá comique in three acts • 1866
Libretto by Karel Sabina

In German with German and English surtitles

Conductor Tomáš Hanus
Production David Bösch
Stage Patrick Bannwart
Costumes Falko Herold
Light Michael Bauer
Choir Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgy Rainer Karlitschek

• Kruschina, ein Bauer Oliver Zwarg
• Kathinka, seine Frau Helena Zubanovich
• Marie, beider Tochter Selene Zanetti
• Micha, Grundbesitzer Kristof Klorek
• Agnes, seine Frau Irmgard Vilsmaier
• Wenzel, beider Sohn
  Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
• Hans, Michas Sohn aus erster Ehe Pavol Breslik
• Kezal, Heiratsvermittler Günther Groissböck
• Zirkusdirektor Ulrich Reß
• Esmeralda, Tänzerin Anna El-Khashem
• Muff, ein als Indianer verkleideter Komödiant
  Oğulcan Yılmaz

Sat,   22.12.18, 6 pm, Prices S Premiere BR
Tue,  25.12.18, 6 pm, Prices M Abo
Sat,   29.12.18, 6 pm, Prices M Abo
Mon, 31.12.18, 6 pm, Prices S
Thu,  03.01.19, 6 pm, Prices L Abo *
Sun,  06.01.19, 6 pm, Prices L Abo

Fri,     19.07.19, 6 pm, Prices M
Mon, 22.07.19, 6 pm, Prices M

Prices in Euro
L 163 / 142 / 117 / 91 / 64 / 39 / 15 / 11
M 193 / 168 / 142 / 117 / 90 / 64 / 16 / 14
S 243 / 213 / 183 / 143 / 102 / 67 / 21 / 16

Introductory matinee
Sun,  16.12.18, 11 am
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast
live on BR-KLASSIK.

* Family performance:
10-Euro-Tickets for children over 12 years

Seeing his love succeed against the will of the parents is pretty difficult in a rural setting. Especially when he is also considered an outsider, things do not look good with the parents-in-law, and there's a lot of money in the mix as well. But what Hans negotiates with Kezal the marriage broker, without discussing it with his beloved Marie, certainly requires a very special kind of chutzpah, and it very nearly goes all wrong – bartering his loved one to a certain person, which turns out through rhetorical trickery to be himself, only becomes evident as a good idea at the end. Which once again proves: The comedy is only a tragedy avoided at the very last minute.

The story from Smetana's successful opera The Bartered Bride of 1866 evolved into a hit around the globe via something of a detour – it is not the Czech original that made it into the repertoire, but rather and in particular the German translation by Max Kalbeck, which has the right popular song qualities. And the interplay between seriousness and comedy is as if made for director David Bösch, who is more than happy with ..., "I know a girl, she's got the money".

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Premiere 02|10|19

Ernst Krenek 1900 — 1991

Stage work with music in two parts • 1938
Libretto by the composer

In German with German and English surtitles

Conductor Erik Nielsen
Production, Stage Carlus Padrissa ‒
La Fura dels Baus

Stage, Costumes, Video Lita Cabellut
Special effects Thomas Bautenbacher
Choir Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgy Benedikt Stampfli

• Karl V. Bo Skovhus
• Juana Okka von der Damerau
• Eleonore Gun-Brit Barkmin
• Ferdinand / Ein Anhänger Luthers Dean Power
• Isabella Anne Schwanewilms
• Francisco Borgia Scott MacAllister
• Franz I. Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
• Frangipani / Hofastrolog / Pizarro Kevin Conners
• Luther Markus Eiche
• Sultan Soliman Peter Lobert

Sun,  10.02.19, 6 pm, Prices L Premiere BR
Wed, 13.02.19, 7:30 pm, Prices K Abo
Sat,   16.02.19, 7:30 pm, Prices K Abo
Thu,  21.02.19, 7:30 pm, Prices K Abo
Sat,   23.02.19, 7 pm, Prices K Abo

Sun, 14.07.19 6 pm, Prices K Abo

Prices in Euro
K 132 / 115 / 95 / 74 / 52 / 30 / 14 / 10
L 163 / 142 / 117 / 91 / 64 / 39 / 15 / 11

Introductory matinee
Sun, 03.02.19, 11 am
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast
live on BR-KLASSIK.

Ernst Krenek's theatrical piece Karl V. consisting completely of twelve-tone series should have premiered at the Vienna State Opera. The political situation in the Vienna of 1933 and the fact that Krenek was despised by the Nazis because of this Jazz opera Jonny spielt auf, prevented the première. It only took place five years later in Prague, however Krenek had already emigrated to the USA. Karl V was the last emperor to hold to the idea of a Christian empire in which the sun never set, although its downfall was always inevitable, for numerous reasons. For the second production of Karl V. in the Nationaltheater, Carlus Padrissa in particular seeks out political power systems that are highly topical, and so very precisely analyses the treatment in the theatrical piece. At the core of the intellectually and linguistically highly qualified libretto, written by the composer himself, Karl V. reflects on his life and makes his confession to a young monk below Titian's The Last Supper.

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Premiere 03|16|19

Giacomo Puccini 1858 — 1924

opera in three acts • 1910
Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini
based on the play The Girl of the Golden West
by David Belasco

In Italian with German and English surtitles

Conductor James Gaffigan
Production Andreas Dresen
Stage Mathias Fischer-Dieskau
Costumes Sabine Greunig
Light Michael Bauer
Choir Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgy Rainer Karlitschek

• Minnie Anja Kampe
• Jack Rance John Lundgren
• Dick Johnson Brandon Jovanovich
• Nick Kevin Conners
• Ashby Alexander Milev
• Sonora Tim Kuypers
• Trin Manuel Günther
• Sid Bálint Szabó
• Bello Milan Siljanov
• Harry Galeano Salas
• Joe Long Long
• Happy Christian Rieger
• Larkens Andrea Borghini
• Billy Jackrabbit Markus Suihkonen
• Wowkle Noa Beinart
• Jake Wallace Sean Michael Plumb
• José Castro Oleg Davydov
• Ein Postillon Ulrich Reß

Sat,  16.03.19,6 pm, Prices M Premiere BR
Tue,  19.03.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Fri,    22.03.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Tue,  26.03.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Sat,  30.03.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Tue, 02.04.19, 7 pm, Prices  L Abo

Fri,    26.07.19, 7 pm, Prices M
Mon, 29.07.19,7 pm, Prices M

Prices in Euro
L 163 / 142 / 117 / 91 / 64 / 39 / 15 / 11
M 193 / 168 / 142 / 117 / 90 / 64 / 16 / 14

Introductory matinee
Sun,  10.03.19 11 am
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast
live via BR-KLASSIK.

Gold rush, poker and gunfights at the foot of the Sierra Nevada: Puccini's naturalistic opera based on the drama, The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco, has everything that makes the classic American western so irresistible. It is therefore also a great love story: Minnie, the landlady of the gold digger's saloon, the "Polka", has given her best years to the rough fortune seekers of the Sierra Nevada as barmaid, teacher, figure of authority and beloved. Now she herself seeks happiness and finds it in the person of Dick Johnson, a newcomer to the gold digger camp. The dark secret he hides is a problem, which only first becomes toxic through another conflict. Jack Rance, who has long announced his interest in Minnie, is also the local sheriff. Andreas Dresen, who with The Girl of the Golden West presents his second work as a director at the Bayerische Staatsoper following  Arabella (2015), focuses justifiably on the "hardness" of the material – and on the almost Utopian promise of love in the middle of an inhospitable world.

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Premiere 05|26|19

Christoph Willibald Gluck 1714 — 1787

Tragédie-opéra in three acts • 1767 / 1776
Pariser Fassung
Libretto by Marius-François-Louis Gand Lebland,
Bailli Du Roullet after Ranieri de’ Calzabigi

In French with German and English surtitles

Conductor Antonello Manacorda
Direction, Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Stage Henrik Ahr
Choir Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgy Benedikt Stampfli

• Admète Charles Castronovo
• Alceste Dorothea Röschmann
• Le Grand-Prêtre d’Apollon / Hercule Michael Nagy
• Évandre Manuel Günther
• Un Hérault d’armes / Apollon Sean Michael Plumb
• Coryphée Anna El-Khashem
• L’Oracle / Un Dieu infernal Callum Thorpe

Sun, 26.05.19, 6 pm, Prices M Premiere BR
Wed, 29.05.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Sat, 01.06.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Thu, 06.06.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo
Mon, 10.06.19, 6 pm, Prices L Abo
Thu, 13.06.19, 7 pm, Prices L Abo

Thu, 18.07.19, 7 pm, Prices L

Prices in Euro
L 163 / 142 / 117 / 91 / 64 / 39 / 15 / 11
M 193 / 168 / 142 / 117 / 90 / 64 / 16 / 14

Introductory matinee
So, 19.05.19, 11 am 
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast
live via BR-KLASSIK.

 The title character in Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Alceste demonstrates an almost superhuman willpower. To save her husband's life, Alceste sacrifices her own. The compositional reforms in his dramatic works show how much he was ahead of his contemporaries in both the themes he addressed in his operas and in his musical arrangements. The recitatives of the singers are no longer accompanied by the harpsichord alone – strings also come along now. A new connection between music and text has never been created so colourfully and with such instrumental diversity. The piece was first performed in Vienna's Burgtheater, and sung in Italian. When he revised it in 1776 for Paris he not only changed the language, he also rearranged numerous scenes and focused on the story of the ruling couple. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who staged Rameau's Les Indes galantes at the Munich Opera Festival 2016, focuses in his interpretation on the connection between dance and song: "When I see opera singers singing, I feel that they are dancing." 

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Premiere 06|27|19

Richard Strauss 1864 — 1949

musical drama in one act based on
Oscar Wilde's poem of the same title • 1905

In German with German and English surtitles 

Conductor Kirill Petrenko
Production Krzysztof Warlikowski
Cooperation staging Marielle Kahn
Stage and Costumes Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Light Felice Ross
Choreography Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy Malte Krasting

• Herodes Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
• Herodias Michaela Schuster
• Salome Marlis Petersen
• Jochanaan Wolfgang Koch
• Narraboth Pavol Breslik
• Ein Page der Herodias Rachael Wilson
• Erster Jude Scott MacAllister
• Zweiter Jude Michael Porter
• Dritter Jude Kristofer Lundin
• Vierter Jude Kevin Conners
• Fünfter Jude Peter Lobert
• Erster Nazarener Callum Thorpe
• Zweiter Nazarener Ulrich Reß
• Erster Soldat Kristof Klorek
• Zweiter Soldat Alexander Milev
• Ein Cappadocier Milan Siljanov

Munich Opera Festival
Thu,  27.06.19, 7 pm, Prices S Premiere BR
Tue,  02.07.19, 8 pm,  Prices L Abo
Sat,   06.07.19, 8 pm, Prices M
Wed, 10.07.19, 8 pm, Prices L

Prices in Euro
L 163 / 142 / 117 / 91 / 64 / 39 / 15 / 11
M 193 / 168 / 142 / 117 / 90 / 64 / 16 / 14
S 243 / 213 / 183 / 143 / 102 / 67 / 21 / 16

Introductory matinee
Sun, 23.06.19, 11 am
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast
live via BR-KLASSIK.

"The secret of love is greater than the secret of death" (Salome)

"How beautiful Princess Salome is tonight!". Oscar Wilde's French drama, arranged as opera text by the composer himself, was a stroke of genius of the fin de siècle, a scandal on one hand and an absolute hit on the other, both an artistic and a financial success which allowed Richard Strauss to buy his villa in Garmisch. Salome demands the head of the prophet, John the Baptist, who has rejected her, from her lustful stepfather – and bound by an oath, he cannot deny her. And so the zealous admonisher dies, and with him the princess is undone – "Kill this woman!". Krzysztof Warlikowski is convinced that Salome recounts many of the contradictions of the period of origin, that in this piece, however, much is also dismissed of that which at the time was still the future: "It's not just what's in the work of art itself that is important, whether it be Oscar Wilde or Richard Strauss, but rather the whole context, which Christianity and the history of the 20th century add to this piece."

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Premiere 07|23|19

Georg Friedrich Händel 1685 — 1759

Dramma per musica in three acts • 1709
Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani

In Italian with German and English surtitles 

Conductor Ivor Bolton
Production Barrie Kosky
Stage Rebecca Ringst
Costumes Klaus Bruns
Light Joachim Klein
Dramaturgy Nikolaus Stenitzer

• Claudio Gianluca Buratto
• Agrippina Alice Coote
• Nerone Franco Fagioli
• Poppea Elsa Benoit
• Ottone Iestyn Davies
• Pallante Andrea Mastroni
• Narciso Eric Jurenas
• Lesbo Markus Suihkonen

Munich Opera Festival
Tue,  23.07.19, 6 pm, Prices PA Premiere BR
Fri,    26.07.19, 6 pm, Prices PB
Sun, 28.07.19, 6 pm, Prices PB
Tue,  30.07.19, 6 pm, Prices PB

Prices in Euro
PA 161 / 125 / 89 / 47 / 35
PB 132 / 104 / 76 / 42 / 32

Introductory matinee in the Prinzregententheater
Sun, 14.07.19, 11 am
Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

BR The premiere will be broadcast
live via BR-KLASSIK.

In this breathtaking political thriller, Handel's second composition based on a Nero story and only his third opera, everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina therefore seizes the moment for Nero, her son from her first marriage, to ascend to the throne. Indeed the librettist Vincenzo Grimani, in ancillary professions also a cardinal and emperor's ambassador at the Vatican, among other positions, turned his experiences at the court of Pope Clemens XI and his precise knowledge of the Annals of Tacitus and Suetonius's De vita Caesarum into a libretto that is not only historically precise, but which also twists and turns with the most diverse watershed moments and chicanery surrounding the Vatican throne, so much that, at the end the question here is practically – are there winners, losers and a lieto fine, or happy end, here at all? Director Barrie Kosky sums up: "This opera shows what the best operas are made of – a combination of eroticism and power."


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Premiere: 15|04|19

Igor Strawinsky 1882 — 1971 
Operá comique in one act • 1922

• Parascha  Anna El-Khashem
• Deren Mutter Noa Beinart
• Nachbarin N.N.
• Basil N.N.

Peter I. Tschaikowsky 1840 — 1893 
Lyrical opera in one act • 1892

• König René Markus Suihkonen
• Robert Boris Prýgl
• Vaudémont Long Long
• Ibn-Hakia Oğulcan Yılmaz
• Almerik Caspar Singh
• Bertrand Oleg Davydov
• Jolanthe Mirjam Mesak
• Martha Noa Beinart
• Brigitta Anaïs Mejìas

Opernstudio der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Mon, 15.04.19, 7 pm, Prices CEE Premiere
Thu,  18.04.19, 7 pm, Prices CE
Sat,  20.04.19, 7 pm, Prices CE
Mon, 22.04.19, 7 pm, Prices CE
Thu,  25.04.19, 7 pm, Prices CE
Sun,  28.04.19, 7 pm, Prices CE

Prices in Euro
CE 44 / 40 / 32 / 22 / 14 / 7
CEE 55 / 50 / 38 / 24 / 14 / 7

Introductory matinee at Wernicke-Saal
Sun, 07.04.19 11 am

Tickets € 10,– / € 0,– Drama Plus

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Igor Stravinsky: Mavra

The young Parasha's mother is pleased, as she seems to be the perfect replacement for the cook that has just died. Mavra is happy with little wages and asks for little else. But why does she behave so strangely? Is she stealing from the distrustful mother, as she suspects, or do she and Parasha share a completely different secret at the end? 
Stravinsky's Opera is based on the verse poem The Little House in Kolomna by Alexander Pushkin and is a comedic love story built on travesty. The piece from Stravinsky's neo-classical period (the première was in Paris in 1922) nevertheless refers to Russian Romanticism, and even appears at times to let a little ragtime ring out.

Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta

Princess Iolanta's sadness is based on her intuition: By order of her father King René she is kept from knowing she has been blind from birth. Sequestered for the most part in a remote castle in Provence, she also knows nothing of her noble lineage – but senses that something is being kept from her. With the appearance of the Moorish doctor Ibn-Hakia and two knights with differing intentions, events that will change Iolanta's life on every level begin to happen.
Tchaikovsky's last opera premiered in Moscow in 1892 together with his ballet, The Nutcracker; the piece was first performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 1847, and has not been performed there since. Time for a comeback!

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