The programme features two Extra Festival Concerts on 23 and 30 July, both revolving around the season theme, POINT OF INFLECTION. Fire – Next Generation celebrates the return of singers that began their international careers at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera Studio, featuring, among others, Elsa Benoît, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Golda Schultz, Galeano Salas and Tareq Nazmi. Jordan de Souza conducts (house debut). On 30 July some of the most important singers of recent years will then deliver a, “final performance on the end and beginning theme”, together with General Manager Nikolaus Bachler: the Point of Inflection. Ivor Bolton, Constantinos Carydis, Asher Fisch, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko conduct the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. The programme is arranged with lieder, arias, poetry and opera scenes concerning beginning and end as understood by Rainer Maria Rilke. Singers include Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe, Anna Netrebko, Marlis Petersen, Nina Stemme, Pavol Breslik, Christian Gerhaher, Jonas Kaufmann, Wolfgang Koch and Bryn Terfel, among others.