07:30 pm | Nationaltheater


Krzysztof Penderecki




Composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Libretto by the composer based on The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley in the dramatization by John Whiting using the German translation of Erich Fried’s drama (1968/69, revised in 2011/12).

Opera in three acts (1969)

recommended for 17 years and older

In German. With German and English surtitles.

with the brass players
Horn: Christian Loferer
Trumpet: Andreas Kittlaus, Frank Bloedhorn
Trombone: Sven Strunkeit
Tuba: Steffen Schmid

Come and talk to the members of the Bayerische Staatsorchester when they answer your questions after the performance and a short musical contribution in the RHEINGOLD bar-bistro.

The name Simon Stone, an insider's tip five years ago, has become a trademark in the world of musical theater. The director, who was born in Basel and grew up in England and Australia, has quickly gained a reputation for his detailed, realistic operas, which are consistently translated into modern visual and living worlds. While still in school, he founded his own theater academy, with which he adapted dramas by Chekhov and Ibsen and developed his concept of "overwriting" old stories in a modern-day setting. Since 2012, the international theater world has taken notice of his work with invitations to festivals, and in 2015 he made his first feature film, followed by the second, The Dig, in 2021.  Simon Stone's signature is unmistakable, whether he is working with Ralph Myers as set designer (as in Dead City, his first opera work, shown in Basel in 2016 and Munich in 2019) or, as in Devils of Loudun, with Bob Cousins (stage) and Mel Page (costumes) - the latter two are longtime partners in a collaborative effort that dates back to student productions in Australia and extends to acclaimed premieres at the Salzburg Festival (Lear, Médée). The musical direction of the Munich premiere of Penderecki's first opera is in the hands of GMD Vladimir Jurowski, who has already championed the work once - at the Dresden Music Festival almost exactly 20 years before the Munich premiere: the best conditions, therefore, for the teamwork around the Devils of Loudun.


  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus and extra chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

Our opera The Devils of Loudun wins the OPER! AWARDS in the category "Best Performance".


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