Managed and directed by Choir Master Stellario Fagone and with 97 singers, the Bayerische Staatsoper Choir is one of Germany’s biggest opera choirs. As a salaried ensemble, the opera choir is part of the Bayerische Staatsoper, and in various compositions primarily performs choral parts in operas, however it also increasingly performs on stage in concerts with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester or the annually staged festival religious service.

THE HISTORY OF THE BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER CHOIR

The Bayerische Staatsoper Choir’s history hails right back to 1523. Wilhelm IV, Duke of Bavaria, commissioned 19 professionally trained singers to form a choir specifically according to the bass, tenor and alto voice ranges.

By 1773, the choir had 44 singers, in 1825 it had risen to 64 and during the reign of King Ludwig II it grew to almost its current size. It was during this period that legendary world premieres of Richard Wagner’s musical dramas, Tristan and Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) and Parsifal (1882) were performed in Bayreuth. Further world premieres ranging from Richard Strauss, Franz Schreker, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Paul Hindemith and Josef Rheinberger through to Unsuk Chin (Alice in Wonderland, 2007) and Jörg Widmann (Babylon, 2012) followed.

The choir enjoyed an extraordinarily prolific artistic period during the era of Choir Master Udo Mehrpohl from 1985 to 2003. The sound of the Bayerische Staatsoper Choir was shaped and characterised by outstanding conductors such as Bruno Walter, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Peter Schneider, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko, and right now by Vladimir Jurowski.

The choir’s repertoire encompasses far in excess of 100 works from the entirety of international opera literature, from Monteverdi through to contemporary commissioned works.

It also constantly expands its classical concert repertoire. Numerous concert programmes also saw premieres of Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Robert Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri, Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and Gustav Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 3, to name but a few.

The Choir is also regularly invited to guest performances, in Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and most recently in Oman, and other locations of course.

Today the Bayerische Staatsoper Choir is the proud home of 97 members from 23 different countries.
Since 2019, Choir Master Stellario Fagone has dutifully performed the task of maintaining and further developing the Choir’s outstanding vocal and artistic standard.

CHOIR MEMBERS

CHOIR MANAGEMENT
Choir Master/Children's Choir Management: Stellario Fagone
Assistant Choir Management: Kamila Akhmedjanovan

RÉPÉTITEUR
R. Florian Daniel

1. SOPRAN

2. SOPRAN

1. ALT

2. ALT

1. TENOR

2. TENOR

1. BASS

2. BASS