Season start with Kirill Petrenko
The new 2018/19 season begins for our General Music Director by conducting Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on 23 September 2018. The premiere will be celebrated as part of the anniversary festival week. Mr Petrenko will then conduct two further performances of Wagner's only comic opera. The main roles are performed by Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther von Stolzing), Wolfgang Koch (Hans Sachs), Georg Zeppenfeld (Veit Pogner) and Julia Kleiter (Eva).
In October Kirill Petrenko conducts with the 2nd Academy Concert. For the first time he will perform a piece by Arnold Schönberg with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester – the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 36. The soloist is violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73 can be enjoyed in the second part of the programme. The General Music Director has been working intensively on the piece by Brahms for some years now. With the programme of the 2nd Academy Concert the Bayerisches Staatsorchester will then give a guest performance in Lugano on 17 October 2018 with its General Music Director.
Kirill Petrenko will also conduct the first premiere of the coming season: Amélie Niermeyer stages Giuseppe Verdi's Otello with Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Gerald Finley (Iago) in the main roles. The new production celebrates its premiere on 23 November 2018 and will also be broadcast live on radio by BR-Klassik.