Festivals 2023


Our productions and our festivals are as just as diverse and varied as our audiences. Throughout and beyond the entire season, prominent highlights are emphasized with various artistic focus points.
Browse through the festival programmes and secure the coveted tickets in good time!


One week nothing but dance! Munich’s rich-in-tradition and internationally renowned company has been inspiring audiences with a diverse ballet programme ranging from classical to modern dance, since 1960.
Further infos on the Ballet Festival Week


Together with other Munich cultural institutions, for the first time in May 2023, we will combine contemporary musical theatre with theatre, visual arts and dance genres.
Further information on Ja, Mai – the new festival 


The Munich Opera Festival is the glamorous highlight and at the same time, the culmination of the opera year, and in June and July brings opera enthusiasts from all over the world to Munich. Opera, ballet, lieder recitals and festival concerts with an alternating topical focus point are presented over five weeks, while the season’s premieres are also brought back to the stage.
Further information on the Munich Opera Festival 

Festivals 2024


Since the 2021-22 season, the UniCredit Septemberfest has been held every year at the beginning of the season. In line with the vision of State Director Serge Dorny, the highest artistic quality is made accessible to and experienced by a wider public. The idea is to open up to the city and region and to celebrate the start of the new season of the Bayerische Staatsoper together with all interested parties.  After the Opera for All concert on Marstallplatz on Friday, September 16, 2023, the front building and forecourt of the National Theater and the FÜNF HÖFE will be transformed into an agora to mark the start of the season in September 2023. There will be flash mobs, PopUp events, children's programs, games to participate in, and activities for everyone interested in the various art forms of the Bayerische Staatsoper. A special focus is on singing: children's choirs, opera choirs, school choirs, district choirs, the UniCredit Opera Choir and many more present their programs and invite young and every:n to sing along. On Saturday and Sunday, ballet and opera performances will take place on stage, there will be access to the in-house costume flea market from Maximilianstraße throughout the weekend, and on Saturday evening a jazz program invites visitors to the Rheingoldbar.
More info on the UniCredit Septemberfest 2023


Ballet Festival Week in April 2024 opens with ballet director Laurent Hilaire's new modern three-parter, combining works by Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, and a new creation by Canadian Andrew Skeels. A programmatic counterpoint to the dance languages usually seen on the stage of the National Theater will be presented by the Belgian dance theater ensemble Peeping Tom with the three-part program Tryptich: The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor as part of the Ballet Festival Week 2024.
More information about the Ballet Festival Week 2024



The tradition of the Munich Opera Festival dates back to 1875, when a "Festive Summer" was organized for the first time. This tradition continues under the directorship of Serge Dorny. The 2024 Munich Opera Festival will showcase the new productions of the season, based on the central theme of "A Fountain That Looks to Heaven." The Festival's two opera premieres, Le Grand Macabre by György Ligeti and Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy, present contemporary opera and a masterpiece of musical impressionism. One focus of the 2024 Munich Opera Festival will be on works by Giacomo Puccini and Richard Wagner. The program includes five works by the two, which are also among the most important operas in the repertoire: In addition to Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser and Parsifal, Giacomo Puccini's Tosca (a new production for the 2023/24 season), Il trovatore and La fanciulla del West will be featured. Puccini's Tosca will also be available as a live audiovisual broadcast on Max-Joseph-Platz at Opera for All during the 2024 Festival. Numerous chamber concerts and song recitals complete the program. The ballet evening Sphären.02 | Preljocaj will also premiere during the Festival. This will be complemented by the productions Le Parc by Angelin Preljoca and an evening created by Nacho Duato, Andrew Skeels and Sharon Eyal.
More info on the Munich Opera Festival 2024




Summer, sun and an open-air opera: pack your picnic blankets and enjoy music outdoors, whether a broadcast live from the National Theater or an open-air concert. Admission to Opera for All is free. Discover all events here