2019 Festival Studio

„Match“, a festival studio production of 2018

As part of our festival programme, we’re always on the look-out for the new and unusual. Our showcase for this is our Festival Workshop, which will be taking place in the Reithalle and Alte Pinakothek.

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Personal Empowerment

Alte Pinakothek during a chamber concert

A musical tour of the Utrecht, Caravaggio und Europa exhibition in the Alte Pinakothek

Personal empowerment means seizing the right to do something, as Jesus did by seizing the right to chase the sinners from the temple. The young Caravaggisti took the liberty in their search for identity and individuality to break with the standards of the day with chiaroscuro stagings of lifelike and life-sized figures. On six evenings, singers of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera Studio will perform in the exhibition as part of a musical and scenic performance in front of the inspiring paintings and bring the Caravaggesque, deeply touching world of images to life. The extreme emotional states dramatically depicted by the painters and religious content with means of expression using music, movement and atmospheric lighting moods are innovatively interpreted and therefore a unique experience for the audience.

Personal Empowerment
Musical rehearsal: Tobias Truniger
Stage design: Georgine Balk
Dramaturgy: Benedikt Stampfli

With Anna El-Khashem, Natalia Kutateladze, Caspar Singh, Oleg Davydov

Dates and Tickets

Tue, 18 June 2019, 8 pm Premiere
Wed, 19 June 2019, 8 pm
Fri, 21. June 2019, 8 pm
Sat, 22. June 2019, 8 pm
Tue, 25. June 2019, 9 pm
Wed, 26. June 2019, 9 pm

Alte Pinakothek, Barer Straße 27; (Entrance Theresienstraße) After the event, the exhibition will be open exclusively to visitors of the performance.

» Tickets (Standing room only) € 37,‒ / 10,‒


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Moses: Ensemble
The second part of the trilogy, "MOSES", premiered in 2018

Musical theatre project with young refugees and Munich’s youth with and without migrant backgrounds

The trilogy that started with NOAH and continued with MOSES now proceeds with a project series that tackles religious thematic stories. For the third part of the cooperation with young people that have fled to or are native to Munich we go back to the origins of human history. In the creation myth a world view is constructed, in which an Almighty Father creates a man as the first human and from his ribs creates a woman for him, who is responsible for the subsequent expulsion from paradise. This Christian story-telling tradition struggles here with the Jewish and Islamic way of representing our origin. Beginning with biographies of young people searching for their place in the world, EVA UND ADAM asks the question about a new start in a strange world and the possibility of an emancipated co-habitation, not just for the two genders, but also for different religious communities. The musical theatre project combines music and arrangements from Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with new compositions and musical ideas of the young people.


Composition: Benedikt Brachtl
Production: Jessica Glause
Stage: Valerie Liegl
Costumes: Lena Winkler-Hermaden
Lighting: Benjamin Richter
Dramaturgy: Lukas Leipfinger
Education: Ursula Gessat

Dates and Tickets

Wed, 19 June 2019, 8 pm Premiere
Thu, 20 June 2019, 5 pm
Thu, 20 June 2019, 8 pm
Fri, 21 June 2018, 6 pm

» Tickets € 20,‒ / 10,‒

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Musical theatre in German for chamber orchestra, singers and choir. Libretto by Vangelis Hatziyannidis in the German translation by Michaela Prinzinger

A politically motivated murder, revealing the pitfalls and vulnerability of the bourgeois state:  Doctor and member-of-parliament Grigoris Lambrakis – named Z – was murdered in the middle of the street on 22 May 1963. The brutal contract slaying was only solved thanks to the tireless research of the examining magistrate, Christos Sartzetakis, who later became the Greek President – a thriller made famous by Costa Gavras’ film of Vassilis Vassilikosʼ novel. Minas Borboudakis, the Greek composer now living in Munich, has now prepared it for the operatic stage. His opera celebrated its German language world premiere in Athens in 2018. He addresses the issue of the foundations of common good in a staging by young director Kevin Barz.


Composer and conductor: Minas Borboudakis
Production: Kevin Barz
Costumes and Stage: Anika Wieners
Lighting: Benedikt Zehm
Dramaturgy: Rainer Karlitschek, Nikolaus Stenitzer

WithSimon Bailey, Joshua Owen Mills, Oğulcan Yılmaz, Boris Prýgl, Noa Beinart
Extrachor der Bayerischen Staatsoper

Dates and Tickets

Mon, 1 July 2019, 8 pm Premiere
Wed, 3 July 2019, 8 pm
Fri, 5 July 2019, 8 pm
Sat, 6 July 2019, 5 pm

» Tickets € 32,‒ / € 10,‒

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Hans Abrahamsen (Photo: Lars Skaaning)

A choreography for 16 dancers to music by Hans Abrahamsen (born 1952)
Ten canons for nine instruments (2008)

Hans Abrahamsen has been writing music on the snow theme for many years now, surrounded by terms such as “winter and transience, fairy tales and dreams”; his chamber orchestra piece Schnee (2006–2008) forms the centrepiece of a body of work that will mark a new highpoint with the premiere of his first opera, The Snow Queen, in winter 2019 at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Although strictly planned, his music sounds both flexible and agile: “First I design the structure to then see what might be in it.” Beginning with the musical canon structure of the composition, in close artistic cooperation with architect and visual artist Alexandros Tsolakis, Dutch choreographer Nanine Linning designs a world that gets to grips with the interactions of associated principles: Question and answer, chaos and structure, impulse and echo, hesitation and expectation. While above all, time ticks as endless experience.

Schnee (WT)
Conductor: Gregor A. Mayrhofer
Concept / Choreography: Nanine Linning
Stage /Visual Arts: Alexandros Tsolakis
Lighting: Benedikt Zehm
Dramaturgy: Carmen Kovacs, Malte Krasting

Dancers of the Bayerisches Staatballetts
Musicians of the Bayerisches Staatsorchesters


Dates and Tickets

Fri, 12 July 2019, 8 pm World premiere
Sat, 13 July 2019, 8 pm
Sun, 14 July 2019, 6 pm

» Tickets € 24,‒ / € 10,‒

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Requiem für einen Lebenden

Musical theatre for three performers, flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, drum and live electronics

Time stands still in the death cell. The death cell is a waiting room. Time does not move, it has stopped. Routines structure the undetermined limbo between the sentencing and its enforcement. Composer Felix Leuschner, librettist Reto Finger and director Manuel Schmitt travelled together to Texas for research purposes, to come closer to the life situation of a prisoner sentenced to death. Found guilty of murder, for 13 years now he has been isolated from society, his environment and family, awaiting the state-ordered death.  These impressions produce a piece for two singers and one actor, characterised by personal encounters with those affected and the different real lives of people on both sides of the bars. The staging will pose questions about our understanding of freedom and social co-habitation and provide visual, acoustic and intellectual insights into the emotional journey of the project team.

Requiem für einen Lebenden
Libretto by Reto Finger

Composer: Felix Leuschner
Concept and Production: Manuel Schmitt
Stage: Daniel Angermayr
Lighting: Christian Kass
Dramaturgy: Benedikt Stampfli

With Salome Kammer
Ensemble Interface
Live-Electronics Felix Leuschner

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 21 July 2019, 8 pm World premiere
Mon, 22 July 2019, 8 pm
Tue, 23 July 2019, 8 pm
Wed, 24 July 2019, 8 pm

» Tickets € 24,‒ / € 10,‒

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The Location: Reithalle Munich

Heßstrasse 132
80797 Munich
Here you find a map.

How to get there with public transportation:

  • U2 till Theresienstraße or Josephsplatz, after that about 20 minutes by foot
  • U2 till Hohenzollernplatz, after that with tram 12 or Bus 53, exit Infanteriestraße
  • Tram line 20/21, exit Lothstraße 
  • Bus 154, exit Infanteriestraße Süd

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The Location: Alte Pinakothek

Barer Straße 27
Eingang Theresienstraße
80333 München
Find a map of the Postpalast layout  here 

Arrival on Public Transport. For example:

With the Subway U2 Station Königsplatz oder Theresienstraße, U3 | U6: Station Odeonsplatz or Universität, U4 | U5 Station Odeonsplatz
or Tram 27, 28 Stop Pinakotheken or Bus line 100 stop Pinakotheken


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