Former General Manager Sir Peter Jonas passed away
Sir Peter Jonas, the former Artistic Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, passed away on the evening of 22 April 2020 after a 45-year battle against cancer.
"The world of music and opera has lost a great man in Sir Peter Jonas. Over the decades, he has shaped music theatre and concert life with courage, originality, energy and an irrepressible appetite for risk," says General Manager Nikolaus Bachler. "The Bayerische Staatsoper was shaped by the London-born in a unique way, completely redefining its audience's feeling and understanding of music theatre and positioning this art form far beyond Munich in 21st century society. Thus Sir Peter Jonas was fortunate for Munich - with English humour, which often touched on the absurd, and with great discipline and British coolness, the "cinema fan", who was open to everything visual, created a new view of the art of opera here. Since the Jonas era, the audience in Munich has been listening (also) with their eyes. We will miss him and remember him with gratitude - all over the world and especially in Munich."