Munich Opera Festival 2017

Nationaltheater (Foto: Felix Löchner)
Nationaltheater (Foto: Felix Löchner)

What follows – this was the title of our 2016/17 Season. Everyday we explored questions that surround the consequences of our actions, and these questions are also at the heart of our two festival premieres:  Die Gezeichneten ('The Stigmatized') by Franz Schreker and Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon, The Elf King. The Bayerische Staatsballett is also looking to the future with its evening dedicated to the work of young choreographers – premiere on the 30th July in the Prinzregententheater. Alongside this, the Festival Workshop productions provide a contemporary take on this season's wide-ranging theme.  

The Munich Opera Festival 2017 presents a total of 36 evenings of opera and ballett at the National Theatre and Prinzregententheater as well as a series of star-studded song evenings and concerts. The opening concert on the 24th June will take place on the Max Joseph Platz as part of  Opera for all. On the 9th July, there will be a live broadcast of Romeo Castellucci's production of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser with General Music Director Kirill Petrenko on the podium – entry is free as always thanks to support from BMW Munich.


Performances with Kirill Petrenko conducting

Kirill Petrenko in Juni 2016 (Foto: Wilfried Hösl)
Kirill Petrenko in Juni 2016 (Foto: Wilfried Hösl)

Alongside the premieres, the programme also includes fourteen repertoire performances with stellar casts. General Music Director Kirill Petrenko will direct three works: Tannhäuser, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Lady Macbeth von Mzensk. He will also conduct the Festival Concert by the Orchestra Academy in Prinzregententheater.

 

 


Repertoire and recitals

Lady Macbeth von Mzensk: Anja Kampe (Katerina Lwowna Ismailowa) und Misha Didyk (Sergej)
Lady Macbeth von Mzensk: Anja Kampe (Katerina Lwowna Ismailowa) und Misha Didyk (Sergej)

As every year, the premiere cast of this year's season returns completely: Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros reprise their premiere run role in Philipp Stölzl's new production Andrea Chénier;  Elīna Garanča and Matthew Polenzani take on the roles in La Favorite. Anja Kampe, Sergey Skorokhodov and Anatoli Kotscherga return in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk and Joyce DiDonato as Semiramide. In addition, Georg Zeppenfeld sings alongside Klaus Florian Vogt and Christian Gerhaher in Tannhäuser.

This year's festival programme also includes four recitals, featuring the singers Thomas Hampson (28th June), Anja Harteros (12th July), Christian Gerhaher (17th July) und Diana Damrau (20th July).