THE PROGRAM OF THE MUNICH OPERA FESTIVAL 2022
The first opera festival under Serge Dorny's directorship will focus on three great works by Richard Strauss that reflect on the art form of opera itself and on time, music's very own medium. Strauss' last opera Capriccio, premiered at the National Theater in 1942, is on the program as a Festival premiere. David Marton's production features Diana Damrauas the Countess and Michael Nagy as the Count. Conductor Lothar Koenigs will be on the podium.Barrie Kosky's productions of Der Rosenkavalier and Die schweigsame Frau complete the Strauss focus.
A startlingly topical work will be seen for the first time in Munich as the opening premiere of the Opera Festival: Krzysztof Penderecki's opera The Devils of Loudun is about religious fanaticism, a priest's debauchery and an exorcism in the early 17th century. Music Director Vladimir Jurowski conducts, and Simon Stone directs. The eight other opera productions in the festival program will feature singers such as Aida Garifullina, Marlis Petersen or Anja Harteros and singers such as Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczała and Gregory Kunde.
The recitals with Sonya Yoncheva, Anja Harteros, Ian Bostridge, Christian Gerhaher and Jonas Kaufmann are also top-class. Festival and chamber concerts round out the program.
The Bayerische Staatsballett will once again present new creations in its Heute ist morgen series, the Opera Studio will present itself in a Festival concert, and the tradition of our Festival Service will continue. Five musically rich weeks await the audience.