Kirill Petrenko three times at the saison's beginning
The first conducting of Kirill Petrenko in the new season is the 1st Academy Concert. Together with its General Music Director, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester will perform Má vlast (My Fatherland) by Bedřich Smetana. Smetana composed the six-part cycle after losing his hearing. While the second part of the symphonic poem, The Moldau, is quite well known, the entire cycle with six parts is performed somewhat less. Following two performances with this programme in Munich, the orchestra and its General Music Director will then give a guest performance at Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
Richard Strauss’s Salome celebrates its season premiere in October. As already during the Munich Opera Festival, Kirill Petrenko also conducts here. Marlis Petersen repeats her acclaimed portrayal of Princess Salome, Wolfgang Koch sings the role of the Prophet Jochanaan once again, and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke is Herodes. Doris Soffel takes on the role of Herodias, and Evan LeRoy Johnson embodies Narraboth.
Kirill Petrenko will also conduct the first new production of the new opera season: Erich Korngold’s Die tote Stadt celebrates its premiere on 18 November. Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Paul in a staging by Simon Stone. Marlis Petersen embodies the role of Marietta at his side. The boundary between dream and reality increasingly dissolves as Paul, mourning his dead wife Marie, meets the dancer Marietta. With her looks so similar to Marie’s, Marietta becomes the object of the projection of Paul’s erotic desires. His grief has the traits of a ritual: The carefully composed strands of his dead wife’s hair are guarded like a relic. Following a nerve-racking “vision” with cathartic effect, Paul is finally reeled back to reality.