The Munich Opera Festival 2018

Nationaltheater (Foto: Felix Löchner)
National Theatre (Pichture: Felix Löchner)

Show me your wound – this is the theme we have chosen for our programme, because the art of opera is to provide a space where humans – in all their longing, being and hope – lay themselves bare and where, finally, they find themselves. Wagner’s Parsifal belongs just as much to the 2018 Festival as the Festival Workshop project Zeig mir deine Wunder (Show me your miracles) by the opera collective „HAUEN.UND.STECHEN“, who engage with the mythical works from Wagner to Rimsky-Korsakov. Similarly, Haydn’s Orlando Paladino will be performed in the Prinzregententheater alongside the premiere of Die Vorübergehenden (The Passers-By) by Nikolaus Brass based on the verses of Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer in the Reithalle. For the first time ever, a new work by the young composer Samy Moussa will be performed at this year’s Festival Mass, before it will be played once again by the Munich Opera Horns in the Herz-Jesu-Kirche.

Premieres of the 2018 Munich Opera Festival

Opera Premieres

When Klingsor throws the holy Spear at Parsifal, the weapon remains hovering above his head – two central themes come together in this key scene of Wagner’s opera: wound and wonder. In-keeping with the season’s motto, “Show me your wound”, Pierre Audi will produce Wagner’s sacred opera with imposing stage-sets by the artist Georg Baselitz. 

Richard Wagner
Premiere: 28 June 2018 in the National Theatre
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Pierre Audi
With Christian Gerhaher, Bálint Szabó, René Pape, Jonas Kaufmann, Wolfgang Koch, Nina Stemme

The second festival premiere is a feast of tragi-comedy. Orlando Paladino, one of Joseph Haydn’s most successful operas in his day, sees the eponymous hero torn between heroism and unrequited love. Axel Ramisch is the director of this comical, dramatic character study.

Joseph Haydn
Orlando Paladino

Premiere: 23 July 2018 in the Prinzregententheater
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Production: Axel Ranisch
With Sofia Fomina, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Mathias Vidal

Ballet Premieres

After last year’s success, the Bayerisches Staatsballett will again be presenting their project Young Choreographers, where four young emerging choreographers create contemporary pieces for the soloists and ensemble of the Bayerisches Staatsballett.

Young Choreographers 2018
Premiere: 4 July 2018 in the Prinzregententheater 

Premieres of the Festival Workshop

Two works from the Festival Workshop series will be celebrating their premiere. The first, Show me your wonder, is an anti-salvation story based on the fantastical opera Snegurotchka (Snowflakes) by Rimsky-Korsakov. The composer took up the myth of the Snegurotchka girl at the same time as Wagner’s Parsifal.

Zeig mir deine Wunder (Show me your miracles)
Premiere: 26 June 2018 in the Reithalle
Opera collective HAUEN ∙ UND ∙ STECHEN

On the journey called life, the protagonist (known as “The Lover”) is reminded of various experiences and long-suppressed events. The way we deal with the past and our relentless self-questioning lies at the centre of Nikolaus Brass’ opera – here, life is seen as a mesh of fleeting encounters and fragmented relationships.

Die Vorübergehenden
(The Passers-By)
A commission for the Bayerische Staatsoper
Premiere: 13 July 2018 in der Reithalle
Conductor: Marie Jacquot

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„Der Ring des Nibelungen“ conducted by Kirill Petrenko

In 2012, the Bayerische Staatsoper opened Wagner’s anniversary year with Andreas Kriegenburg’s new production of the Ring. Now Der Ring des Nibelungen is back on the programme – conducted by the General Music Director Kirill Petrenko.

Richard Wagner
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Andreas Kriegenburg
With Wolfgang Koch, Markus Eiche, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, John Lundgren, Ekaterina Grubanova, Okka von der Damerau, Jonas Kaufmann, Ain Anger, Anja Kampe, Nina Stemme, Stefan Vinke, Hans-Peter König, Anna Gabler

Das Rheingold
Friday, 20 July 2018

Die Walküre
Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Friday, 27 July 2018

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Nine operas in six weeks

Le nozze di Figaro: Alex Esposito (Figaro)
Le nozze di Figaro: Alex Esposito (Figaro)

Nine operas will accompany the Ring and the two festival premieres on the festival programme. So you can enjoy all this season’s new productions again with the original premiere cast: Leoš Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro as well as Puccini’s Il trittico and Les Vêpres siciliennes by Verdi. Plus, experience performances by Anja Harteros as Arabella and Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca. Richard Wagner‘s Der fliegende Holländer returns to the programme as well as the classic operas Lʼelisir dʼamore and La traviata with Diana Damrau as Violetta.

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Contemporary opera and more in the Reithalle

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 again be taking place in the Reithalle.

One of the projects this season is Show me your wonder, where the opera collective HAUEN ⋅ UND ⋅ STECHEN unleashes composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s mythical materials.

The ghosts of the past are searching for the protagonist in Nikolaus Brass’ commissioned piece, Die Vorübergehenden (The Passers-By). Here, life is depicted as a mesh of fleeting encounters and fragmented relationships. 

A fast-paced concert await the audience of Match!. Somewhere between the concert hall and the stage, Mauricio Kagel has composed a brilliant battle between two string-players with a percussionist being the referee. The programme will also include two works for cello by Ellen Reid and Benjamin Britten.

Salvatore Sciarrino‘s Vanitas brings a “still-life” onto the stage, halfway between mini-opera and chamber cantata. In his work, the composer seeks to illuminate in mysterious ways the symbolism of human transience.

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The Bayerisches Staatsballett at the festival

Anna Karenina: Ksenia Ryzhkova (Anna Karenina), Matthew Golding (Graf Alexej Wronski), Erik Murzagaliyev (Alexej Karenin)
Anna Karenina: Ksenia Ryzhkova (Anna Karenina), Matthew Golding (Graf Alexej Wronski), Erik Murzagaliyev (Alexej Karenin)

On three July evenings, the Young Choreographers will be storming the stage of the Prinzregententheater and bursting through the door to the modern world. With great dynamism and energy, they will help themselves to atmospheric music and recorded sound impressions: fabulously groovy, well-structured and physically playful. 2018 will see Menghan Lou from the Nederlands Dan Theater performing in the group, among others.

Plus, you can enjoy the two ballet premieres of the season in the theatre once more: Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina as well as Portrait Wayne McGregor.

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Recitals and Festival Chamber Concerts

Anja Harteros (Foto: Marco Borggreve)
Anja Harteros (Foto: Marco Borggreve)

One singer, one pianist: wonderful, emotional music does not need anything more. Our recitals prove this in a special and, at times, very intimate way. Performing for our recitals at the Nationaltheater will be Anja Harteros, Rolando Villazón and Piotr Beczala. Günther Groissböck and Krassimira Stoyanova will be singing in the Prinzregententheater.

In addition, there will be two evenings dedicated solely to fantastic women: Edita Gruberova celebrates her 50th anniversary with the Bayerische Staatsorchester at the National Theatre and, in her programme for La femme c’est moi in the Prinzregententheater, Elisabeth Kulman will lend her voice to various female figures, from Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Pamina to Weill’s Pirate Jenny.

Known and unknown, old favourites and rare works: the Festival Concerts this year are, once again, extremely diverse. You can enjoy performances by Angela Brower or Gerold Huber with musicians from the Bayerischen Staatsorchesters, or listen to the double-bass players of the Bayerisches Staatsorchesters perform together with Andreas Martin Hofmeir on the tuba. The festival concerts in the Cuvilliés-Theater provide an especially magical finale to the concert season during the Munich Opera Festival. Please find an overview of the festival concerts here.

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„Opera for all“

Opera must/should/can be for all. Convinced by this, we’re delighted to invite you, together with BMW Munich, to this season’s two “Oper for all” open-air events at the Max-Joseph-Platz and the Marstallplatz:

We will be broadcasting Richard Wagner’s Parsifal live from the National Theater at the Max-Joseph-Platz on the 8th July 2018. General Music Director Kirill Petrenko takes on the musical directorship while Pierre Audi is responsible for the production. Others who will also be taking part are Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, René Pape, Christian Gerhaher, Wolfgang Koch and Bálint Szabó. You can watch the broadcast online via STAATSOPER.TV.

Two weeks later will be the festival concert Opera for all at the Marstallplatz. The Youth Orchestra ATTACCA will open the concert with Brahm’s Tragic Overture, followed by the Bayerisches Staatsorchester together with Sonya Yoncheva conducted by Michele Mariotti. Please click here for more information and dates.

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Information about the Advance Booking

First day of sale (ca. 450 tickets of the categories V to VIII): Sat 20 January 2018 (10am–7pm). On the first day of sales, you can purchase half-price tickets from category V-VIII for performances in the price category U to V. The Visitor Communication Office will publish more information about the Queueing Organisation closer to the date. 
The processing of all written orders for the Munich Opera Festival (Categories I to VIII) will begin on Thursday 1 February 2018. All the written orders that have been received up to this time will be treated equally. Confirmation or declinations will be sent out at the start of February for
Ring C (Festival). All other festival bookings will be processed by mid-March.
The sale of remaining tickets via the box office, phone or online will begin on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

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