LOVED AND HATED – anniversary year at the Bayerische Staatsoper

200 years of Nationaltheater, 100 years of Bayerische Staatsoper

The Bayerische Staatsoper commenced its anniversary year in 2018 with a grand New Year's Eve party. We have two anniversaries to celebrate: The Nationaltheater, which houses the grand stage, that is the heart for both opera and ballet performances, was built 200 years ago.
In addition to that, we celebrate the moment, that took place 100 years ago, when in 1918 the Bayerische Staatsoper was handed over from the Bavarian monarch into the custodial care of the young Bavarian republic.

The Bayerische Staatsoper has since been a point of regular discussion, of rejection and approval, but hopefully never of indifference. It is both loved and hated – alternating, concurrent, and mostly for an entire life long.
Hailing the title, LOVED AND HATED, spread over the anniversary year in 2018 there will be various special events, projects and installations, as presented herein.


21 - 30 September 2018: A festival week for the anniversary

We will celebrate this anniversary with a festival week at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. The program features three festival concerts with music ranging from classical to modern. Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by General Music Director Kirill Petrenko and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro will also take to the stage. Christian Gerhaher can be enjoyed with a lieder recital. The Festival Week will close with two performances of Christian Spucks Anna Karenina by the Bayerisches Staatsballett.

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November 2018: Gym for the emotions, for 40 years of The Magic Flute

August Everding's production of The Magic Flute at the Bayerische Staatsoper will be 40 years old. The Frl. Wunder AG performance group presents the result of a major research project incorporating all those that are experts of the Magic Flute tradition. It deals with relationships, emotions and questions connected with timelessness, or which perhaps have only emerged over time.

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Past events


31 December 2017: New Year's Eve at the Bayerische Staatsoper

The year of the anniversary starts with a boom! With LOVED, HATED AND SUPERFUNKYPARTYTIME the Bayerische Staatsoper celebrates New Year's Eve together with the audience and artists. A versatile and surprising programme of classical, electronical and pop music, dance and not always seriousely meant actions will guide visitors and employees into 2018. 

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5 February 2018: The Impossible Encyclopedia No. 40: Scar

The Impossible Encyclopaedia (Unmögliche Enzyklopädie) also celebrates an anniversary, so the perfect opportunity for an anniversary edition. Under the very brilliance of its surface, the building's history does indeed bear numerous scars, which also see the light of day from time to time – sometimes more, sometimes less. Reason enough to illustrate them in astonishing ways. With The Impossible Encyclopaedia, the department of dramaturgy of the Bayerische Staatsoper invites visitors to take a look at some terms and terminology that impose themselves when perusing the content of the pieces performed during a season. A journey of discovery, together with our opera's performers and musicians, and with experts of the most diverse professions and passions.

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15 Juni 2018: Festival studio opening party
Mirko Borsche's office has been shaping the opera's image for ten years now. And this too has been praised and debated just as much as the opera itself. Together and shortly before the Munich Opera Festival commences we will be taking over the Reithalle for the big pre-opening of the Festival Studio. There will be music from the stage and the decks, with video and light installations, performances, drinks and lots and lots of fog.

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  • 100 Jahre Freistaat und 200 Jahre Verfassungsstaat Bayern


During festival week the Bayerische Staatsoper will open its doors for an "Erlebnistag" – a great day out for all ages, big and small alike. Perfectly timed for this year's double anniversary, "200 Years of the Nationaltheater" and "100 Years of the Bayerische Staatsoper", we'll provide a detailed peek behind the scenes and a totally new way to discover the venue. Participants are guided through the building, finding out all about the ballet and orchestra room, rehearsal stages and many other areas to boot, which you would otherwise never see. Members of the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Bayerisches Staatsballett, the children's choir, technicians and many others show you just what goes on behind the scenes.


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V-Aria - A Virtual Opera Experience

A chair, VR glasses, and you are ready for an opera experience of the very latest kind. Take this virtual journey and you'll see the opera from truly extra special points of view – directly from the orchestra pit during a rehearsal, for example, or from the stage during a performance. The Bayerische Staatsoper brings this virtual experience into the world, where everybody can immerse themselves in the world of opera, without having to even enter the Nationaltheater.

Find the video and all dates here: 

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