Press release: Season start at the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Debuts in October

The Bayerisches Staatsballett opens its 2018/19 season on 1 October 2018 with Christian Spuck’s ballet drama Anna Karenina as part of the Bayerische Staatsoper anniversary week. Ksenia Ryzhkova, Jonah Cook and Emilio Pavan will be here to enjoy in the main roles.
October also heralds a number of debuts: Principal Laurretta Summerscales and first soloist Alexey Popov will dance Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky for the first time on 3 October 2018.
Sergei Polunin and Osiel Gouneo will also celebrate their debut as the noble crusader knight, Jean de Brienne, and Abderakhman in Ray Barra’s Munich version of Raymonda. Ksenia Ryzhkova dances the title role.

Jewels premiere approaches

The Bayerisches Staatsballett celebrates its first premiere of the 2018/19 season on 27 October 2018 with George Balanchine's Jewels. The ballet produced in 1967 is considered the first full-length abstract ballet in dance history. Besides the New York City Ballet, the Bayerisches Staatsballett is the only company worldwide to present Peter Harvey’s stage set from 2004 – he was already responsible for the stage set for the Jewels world premiere. In the coming weeks, the ballet masters sent by the Balanchine Trust, Patricia Neary (Rubies), Ben Huys (Emeralds) and Elyse Borne (Diamonds) will rehearse George Balanchine’s Jewels with the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
A detailed press release on Jewels will be published in October 2018.

Look forward to the 2018/19 season

The 2018/19 season will open with Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, which celebrated its Germany premiere with the Bayerisches Staatsballett just last season.
The first premiere is already on the programme in October: With Jewels the Bayerisches
Staatsballett presents a full-length ballet by George Balanchine for the first time. A further premiere follows in June 2019: For À Jour – Zeitgenössische Choreographien (previously Young Choreographers), Igor Zelensky invites artists/performers that bring Munich audiences up to date with their ideas and work.
Fittingly for Marius Petipa’s 200th birthday, Igor Zelensky puts The Nutcracker, John Neumeier’s homage to this magnificent choreographer, on the programme in December 2018.
And to celebrate John Neumeier’s 80th birthday a revival of his ballet The Lady of the Camellias will also be staged at the beginning of the year.
The Ballet Festival Week 2019 will be held from 11 to 18 April – it opens with George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels. A number of international guests will be here to enjoy for the Ballet Festival Week.
A total of seven repertoire pieces can also be seen during the 2018/19 season: Along with Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus and Portrait Wayne McGregor, all productions that Igor Zelensky has brought to the Bayerisches Staatsballett since his first season in 2016/17, the Petipa classic Raymonda revised by Ray Barra and the John Cranko classics Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew, all three revivals of the 2017/18 season, can also be enjoyed.


The coming season hails the title "ALL THINGS JUST" and commences with a festival week LOVED, HATED AND CURTAIN UP to celebrate the double anniversary of 200 Years of the Nationaltheater and 100 Years of the Bayerische Staatsoper. The opera was discussed then as it is today: it is loved, but sometimes also hated. This year one thing is certain – it will be celebrated.
The focus of the festival week are the house's three defining composers. The week commences with a festival concert with music by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven, which will also include the world premiere of Drei Märchenbilder aus der Schneekönigin from Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen. Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will be put on stage under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and will also be offered via free livestream on STAATSOPER.TV. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro will also be performed and Christian Gerhaher can be enjoyed with a lieder matinee.

With LOVED, HATED, RIGHT THROUGH THE BUILDING, on 29 September the Bayerische Staatsoper opens its doors for a journey through its history and exclusive looks behind the scenes. In the evening one and all then have the opportunity with LOVED, HATED AND OPEN STAGE to actually stand on the stage of the Nationaltheater: Singing, dancing, story-writing or making music – everyone could apply for this "Open Stage" until the end of July. The Festival Week closes with two performances of Anna Karenina by the Bayerisches Staatsballett.