Munich Opera Festival 2023
The Munich Opera Festival is an internationally renowned institution. During the summer months, the programme condenses an immense density of opera repertoire, crème de la crème casts, several premieres and an audience travelling from all over the world, united in a unique programme and ambiance.
The 2023 Munich Opera Festival unites new productions created on the basis of the current season’s guiding principles. Two apparently opposing complexes, war and love, are closely interwoven with one another. To close the Munich Opera Festival we focus on works by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, two antagonist composers in vision and temperament, at the helm of competing musical currents. With Aida, to be enjoyed as an “Opera for All” new production, Otello and Don Carlo by Verdi and Lohengrin, also a new production, Tristan and Isolde by Wagner, the programme features five of the world’s greatest operas. The state of love could not be considered more differentiated here. It becomes a wrestling of the Titans, a plea for love. The Festival’s two opera premieres, Hamlet by Brett Dean and Semele by Georg Frideric Handel, combine the earliest musical theatre with contemporary musical theatre. Further opera performances: War and Peace by Sergei S. Prokofiev, Così van tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dido and Aeneas / Expectation by Henry Purcell / Arnold Schönberg as further new productions of the current season and repertoire highlights such as Boris Godunov by Modest P. Mussorgsky and Salome by Richard Strauss. The ballet performance Sphären.01 | Goecke with contemporary choreographies celebrates its premiere at the beginning of the Festival, complemented by the new productions, Schmetterling by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and Tchaikovsky Overtures by Alexei Ratmansky.