06:00 pm | Nationaltheater | Opera for all


Richard Wagner




Composer Richard Wagner. Libretto by Richard Wagner.

Romantic opera in three acts (1845)

recommended for 17 years and older

In German language. With English and German surtitles. Premiere 21.5.2017.

In context of Opera for all there will be a live broadcast on Max-Joseph-Platz at the same time as the performance of at the Nationaltheater.
Information concerning Opera for All: The local council has ruled that the following items may not be brought into the event: hard and bulky items, such as glass bottles, chairs and stools. Umbrellas are an exception. Please note that dogs are not allowed. We recommend travelling to the location via public transport. On 9th July 2017, for the duration of Opera for All (from around 3 pm - midnight), the number 19 tram will be diverted. The underground car park at Max-Joseph-Platz will be accessible until 7 pm, but closed during the event.

This performance will be broadcast via STAATSOPER.TV from 9.45 pm and at the same time via Arte.

Admission for Opera for all is free!

A case of man torn apart by dualism? Matter and mind, physical fulfilment and intellectual aspiration, earthly lust and heavenly transfiguration – for millennia, philosophers and religions have claimed the existence of conflicting principles. 

Tannhäuser, a metaphor for an artist or simply a man on a search, refuses to accept this separation and wanders between these antagonistic worlds. His goal is not to reconcile the contradiction, but rather to negate it with his determination to inhabit all worlds. He searches for answers to his yearning for fulfilment in spiritual mysticism, in love based on Christian teaching or in unadulterated sex. Yet, there is always something missing and his hunger is never stilled. For this reason, Tannhäuser never seems to settle. There is always something driving him further on. His sense of revulsion at himself becomes even greater than his rejection of mediocrity, of all those content to compromise (just as the Wartburg minstrels, with their anaemic art, do), rather than exploiting life's full potential. Tannhäuser is motion with no destination in sight. In the same way, Richard Wagner never seemed able to complete this work, no matter how often it was reworked.


  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper