The tradition of the Munich Opera Festival dates back to 1875, when a "Festive Summer" was organized for the first time. This tradition will continue 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 Munich Opera 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 four works by the two composers, which are also among the most important operas in the repertoire: In addition to Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser and Parsifal, Giacomo Puccini's Tosca and La fanciulla del West will be presented. Puccini's Tosca will also be featured as a audiovisual live-broadcast on Max-Joseph-Platz at the Opera for All event during the 2024 Munich Opera Festival. Numerous chamber concerts and song recitals complete the program. The ballet evening Sphären.02 | Preljocaj will also premiere during the Munich Opera Festival with contemporary ballets by choreographers of the younger generation and Angelin Preljocaj. The Bayerische Staatsballett also revives the two new productions of the season, Le Parc by Angelin Preljocaj and an evening that will be created by Nacho Duato, Andrew Skeels and Sharon Eyal.

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Opera in two acts (1978) | Premiere on June 28, 2024
Composer György Ligeti. Libretto by György Ligeti and Michael Meschke based on the play La balade du Grand Macabre by Michel de Ghelderode.


Drame lyrique in five acts (1902) | Premiere on July 9, 2024
Composer Claude Debussy. Text by Maurice Maeterlink.


Contemporary ballet | Premiere on July 18, 2024
Contemporary ballets by Angelin Preljocaj and choreographers of the younger generation, curated by Angelin Preljocaj (2024)



"And there was nothing more tender on earth ...": In his novel The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann has Hans Castorp cranking the gramophone and raving about Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, but also pays tribute to Richard Wagner's secretly loving minstrel Wolfram von Eschenbach. Puccini's admiration for Wagner goes so far that he quotes the "Tristan" chord in Manon Lescaut. But does the Italian composer, whose depiction of love is so effective, also draw on the love discourses of Wagner, whom Theodor W. Adorno once described as "the most famous erotic artist of the bourgeois world"? After the festival focuses of the last two opera festivals were dedicated to Richard Strauss and time as a "strange thing" as well as Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner and the future of opera, the focus of the Munich Opera Festival 2024 revolves around the depictions of various facets of love in Giacomo Puccini and Richard Wagner and thus around one of the most central topoi of opera in general. A diverse supporting program complements the performances of Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Tosca and La fanciulla del West. The Quartet of Critics series will continue in the Nationaltheater with Eleonore Büning, Markus Thiel, Kai Luehrs-Kaiser and Serge Dorny. In lectures and discussions, topics such as love rehearsals, love prohibitions, love feasts and love nights will be examined in more detail and the compositional affinities between Wagner and Puccini will be highlighted.





For all premieres (ballet and opera) of the current season, there are introductory matinees on the main stage with members of the respective production team. The matinees take place on a Sunday before the respective premiere.

National Theatre / Prinzregententheater
Tickets €10 / free admission for holders of the Offstage Card


For performances of Die Fledermaus, Duato / Skeels / Eyal, Le Grand Macabre, Le nozze di Figaro, Le Parc, Die Passagierin, Pique Dame (with the exception of the respective premieres), a public introduction will take place one hour before the start of each performance in the vestibule of the Royal Box, 1st tier.
For the performances of Pelléas et Mélisande, there will be a public introduction in the Gartensaal of the Prinzregententheater one hour before the start of each performance, except for the premiere.

Duration: approx. 20 minutes

Admission free / only in combination with a ticket for the following performance; limited seating available


Orders for the Munich Opera Festival (via online form) are already possible. Processing will begin on Thu, 1.2.24 and is expected to be completed by mid-March. The online festival form can be found directly next to the performances or here. Here you will immediately receive confirmation of receipt of your order and can check all the data again. In the customer details of the online form, you can also indicate whether you are a member of the Freunde des Nationaltheaters e. V., a sponsor of the Munich Opera Festival or whether you have a subscription, an offstage ticket or the dance ticket. Please send us your order only once. So that we can process your order even if your preferred price category is sold out, we recommend that you specify alternatives or a price limit. All orders received by Thu, 1.2.24 will be given equal priority. If demand exceeds the available ticket contingent, the decision will be made by drawing lots.
Please note that wheelchair places will only be processed via written requests.


On Sat, 20.1.24, the traditional first sale of the Munich Opera Festival will take place exclusively at the box office at Marstallplatz 5. On this day, you can purchase tickets for the lower-priced categories of all festival performances (V - VIII at the Nationaltheater) before anyone else. To shorten your waiting time, the canteen will be open for you from 8 am. In the Friends' Foyer of the National Theatre, artistic program items and first-hand information about the Festival await you from 9 am. 

As experience has shown that there is a large rush for the Festival's first sale, waiting numbers will be allocated by telephone, online and at the box office from Mon, 15.1.24, 9.30 am via the Bayerische Staatsoper. One waiting number will be issued per customer. Please have your customer number ready.


The sale of all remaining tickets begins on Sat, 23.3.24, 10 am. From this date, you can purchase any remaining tickets online, by telephone or directly at the box office. All further information on ticket sales can be found here.

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80539 Munich
Opening hours: Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 19.00 hrs

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The festival artist for the 2024 Munich Opera Festival is Australian artist Jonny Niesche. Based on the visual frame of reference of the glam rock era and its cosmetics-driven counterculture, Niesche creates paintings, sculptures and installations that deal intensively with the perception of color, surface and spatiality. Jonny Niesche's works can be seen on the posters for the Munich Opera Festival 2024. Niesche is also designing the Nationaltheater's portal to the opera festival.

Photos © Courtesy of Jonny Niesche and Zeller van Almsick, 2023

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