Covid-News around the Bayerische Staatsoper

Here you will find news and background information on the current situation at the Bayerische Staatsoper, your visit and the rehearsal situation during the Corona Pandemic.
You can find our current visit information » here.

Recent Developments

26 October 2020: Application for exemption from the latest Ordinance on Infection Protection Measures

On 26 October 2020, the Bayerische Staatsoper submitted a request for a derogation from the latest infection control regulation of last week and the upper limit of 50 visitors in a justified case. You can read more information here.

23 October 2020: Open letter to Minister Söder

In an open letter, the artistic directors of various Bavarian stages insist on being allowed to continue the play with 200 and 500 spectators respectively, even if the incidence value is 100 or more. You can read the whole letter here.

21 October 2020: State Ballet in quarantine

Unfortunately, the performances of Swan Lake at the Bavarian State Ballet on 27 and 30 October 2020 cannot take place after a person from the Bavarian State Ballet first tested positive for the corona virus as part of the testing strategy. In the suspect test which followed immediately afterwards, five further cases were identified and isolated. As a safety measure and to protect all other employees of the company, training and rehearsal operations will be suspended for the entire company until further notice.

14 October 2020: Positive conclusion of the pilot project (blog)

The pilot project with 500 visitors in the Nationaltheater has already been running for six weeks, and the team of experts and the audience agree that cultural events do not pose an increased risk of infection if a conclusive hygiene concept is in place. Find more information here.

12 October 2020: Renewed compulsory masks during the performance

Due to the fact that the threshold value of new infections in Munich has been exceeded again, masks are again compulsory for a transitional period during our performances. You can find our current information for visitors here.

2 October 2020: No more compulsory masks during the performance

Due to the lower incidence rate in Munich, the obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover during the performance will be abolished as of today's performance. If possible, however, we ask you to wear the mask during the performance as well.

29 September 2020: 500 vistors also in October

Following the positive experience of the pilot project "500 visitors", 500 people will also be able to attend performances at the National Theatre in October. Remaining tickets can be found in our October performance schedule.

24 September 2020: Interim report pilot project "500 visitors" handed over to Ministry

The Bayerische Staatsoper has submitted an interim report on the pilot project "500 visitors" to the Ministry of Science and Art. This report provides comprehensive findings on the increase in the number of spectators from 200 to 500 in the National Theatre from 1 September 2020. A central finding of the interim report: the previous fixed maximum number of 200 visitors does not do justice to the actual conditions of the venues. Due to the different conditions on site, sometimes very high ventilation rates and the disciplined behaviour of the audience, the National Theatre and other venues can be held responsible for significantly higher visitor numbers. "We hope that this report will find a hearing in the Council of Ministers and that we will soon be able to set individual maximum visitor limits - not only for the National Theatre, but also for all other cultural venues throughout Bavaria," said Intendanet Nikolaus Bachler.

20 September 2020: Masks compulsory during the performance

Due to the fact that the threshold value of new infections in Munich has been exceeded, a temporary mouth and nose cover must be worn during our performances. Thank you very much for your understanding!

1 September 2020: 500 visitors at the Nationaltheater

Just in time for the start of the season and the world premiere of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, a further 300 visitors will be admitted to the National Theatre from 1 September. The State Ministry for Science and Art will start a pilot test at the Bavarian State Opera on 1 September: this means that a total of 500 spectators will be allowed in the Nationaltheater for each performance in September.

28 September 2020: Our hygiene concept at the start of the samples (Blog)

Shortly before the start of the new season, we report on the challenges of maintaining an opera house and its operations during a pandemic: Read our blog article "Normality in an exceptional situation? Our hygiene concept at the start of rehearsals.

30 June 2020: Looking back

Behind us lie difficult, unusual, but also particularly creative weeks. In our  video, we look back on all the actions and programme points that we were able to realise during the initial phase of the pandemic together with all our staff, artists and our audience in order to keep art alive.


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