Munich Opera Festival 2019 draws to a close

The Munich Opera Festival 2019 close on 31 July with Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by General Music Director Kirill Petrenko. We would like to thank you, our great audiences, for such a wonderful festival period. We experienced and enjoyed more than 80 events on 44 days together with you. More than 84,000 visitors attended our events and were enthralled by the festival opera premieres of Salome and Agrippina, as well as the À Jour ballet premiere. We’re also overjoyed that the Festival Studio was attended with such enthusiasm. With EVA UND ADAM, Z, DUO, Requiem für einen Lebenden and Selbstermächtigung four world premieres and a German premiere were celebrated in the Reithalle and the Pinakothek.

The weather couldn’t have been better this season on both of the Opera for All nights. The new production of Salome, conducted by Kirill Petrenko and staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski, was broadcast on Max-Joseph-Platz on 6 July. Some 10,000 viewers watched the broadcast live there and then. The General Music Director also conducted the Bayerisches Staatsorchester with the Opera for All concert on 20 July and delighted the audience together with soloists Golda Schultz and Thomas Hampson with a recital of Broadway classics. Admission to both events was free as always courtesy of the Munich Opera Festival's long-standing partner, BMW Munich. BMW’s generous support also allowed us to broadcast the concert on screens at the venue this time, and as a live stream to the entire world.

The STUFENBAR pop-up bar enjoyed its second outing during this season. The successful concept of turning the steps of the Nationaltheater into a bar was repeated for Festival 2019 and attracted passers-by, locals and tourists every day on Max-Joseph-Platz.

Munich Opera Festival 2019 – Impressions

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This year’s Munich Opera Festival commenced with a prologue on 18 June.
Selbstermächtigung (Empowerment) – a collaboration with Munich’s Pinakotheken art galleries.
EVA UND ADAM: The last part of the youth project with young people from Munich with and without migrant backgrounds.
The STUFENBAR was also opened once again this season.
Kirill Petrenko officially opened the Festival with the premiere of SALOME. Marlis Petersen celebrated her role debut.
Three choreographies celebrated premieres with À JOUR.
The UniCredit Festival Night was also held this year on Odeonsplatz with a music contest.

The chamber opera, “Z”, celebrated its German premiere as part of the Festival Studio.
OPERA FOR ALL on 6 July with SALOME.
Nanine Linnig created a choreography for the Bayerisches Staatsballett to the music of Hans Abrahamsen’s “Snow”.
Once again, of course, the Festival programme also featured lieder recitals, with Anna Netrebko among others.
The OPERA FOR ALL CONCERT was held on Marstallplatz. The programme included Broadway hits.
REQUIEM FÜR EINEN LEBENDEN celebrated a world premiere as the final Festival Studio production on 21 July.
The last new production of the season: AGRIPPINA as staged by Barrie Kosky.
Altogether more than 84,000 visitors attended over 40 events during the Festival.