Looking back the Munich Opera Festival 2018

The Munich Opera Festival 2018 concluded on 31 July with Richard Wagner's Parsifal. We would like to thank our wonderful audiences warmly for supporting us and experiencing almost 70 events with us on 38 days. More than 87,000 viewers visited our performances and applauded with the premieres of Zeig mir deine Wunder, MATCH!, Die Vorübergehenden, Vanitas, our Young Choreographers Ballet Evening, Parsifal and Orlando Paladino. The Festival Workshop in the Reithalle was opened this year with a special event: With LOVED, HATED AND CELEBRATED the audience experienced a combination of vernissage and concert in a laid-back summer atmosphere.

In radiant weather and as part of Opera for All, Richard Wagner's Parsifal as staged by Pierre Audi, with a stage set by Georg Baselitz and conducted by Kirill Petrenko, was broadcast live on the big screen in front of the opera house. Admission to this year's 22nd Opera for All was free courtesy of the Munich Opera Festival's long-standing partner, BMW Munich. With the Opera for All concert two weeks later unfortunately the weather was not so kind to us. Despite the rain showers and overcast skies, however, the turnout was high with many visitors coming to hear the concert programme conducted by Michele Mariotti. The first part featured opera pieces by Giuseppe Verdi, with soprano Sonya Yoncheva interpreting three arias. The Bayerisches Staatsorchester played Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88 in the second part.

Another highlight of the festival was the  LOVED, HATED AND 360° virtual reality project: Two opera chairs, fitted with modern VR technology, went on tour all over Munich to bring the enchanting world of opera to the whole city. From today you can now also try out our VR film at home. You'll find out how here.

The pop-up bar set up together with a trendy eatery on the steps of the Nationaltheater generated even more life and a warm festival atmosphere. The STUFENBAR with its yellow seat cushions invited people in for some cool lounging around on Max-Joseph-Platz.