The Bayerische Staatsorchester

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In 2023, the Bayerische Staatsorchester celebrated its five hundredth anniversary, making it one of the oldest and most traditional ensembles in the world. The orchestra, which is based at the Bayerische Staatsoper, has 144 members and performs both in the orchestra pit and on the concert podium. In 2022, the orchestra was voted Orchestra of the Year for the eighth time in a row in the Opernwelt magazine critics' poll and was also honoured at the Gramophone Awards in London for its recordings on the Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings label as an opera and symphony orchestra (for Die tote Stadt and The Snow Queen as well as for Mahler's Symphony No. 7) - an unprecedented success in the history of the Gramophone Awards.

In 1811, the members of the court orchestra founded the Musikalische Akademie e. V. (Musical Academy Association), which established Munich's first public concert series with the Academy Concerts. To this day, the activities of the Musikalische Akademie continue to shape the musical life of Munich and the Free State of Bavaria. The activities in Munich are complemented by numerous guest performances and concert tours that regularly take the orchestra to the world's most important music centres.

The Bayerische Staatsorchester has staged several world premieres, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Idomeneo and Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. Many of the most important musical personalities of their time presided over the orchestra as principal conductors: from Hermann Levi, Richard Strauss, Felix Mottl, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch to Sir Georg Solti, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko. The orchestra also enjoyed a close relationship with Carlos Kleiber. With the 2021/22 season, Vladimir Jurowski has taken over as General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsorchester.

500 Years Bayerisches Staatsorchester

The history of the Bayerische Staatsorchester began half a millennium ago. As early as 1523, there are the first employment records documenting the salaries of the permanently employed court musicians. From small beginnings in a courtly context, the orchestra gradually grew into a large opera orchestra, which soon also regularly performed symphonic works and, from the early 19th century, organized the first public concert series in Munich as part of the Musikalische Akademie. Today, the Bayerische Staatsorchester is one of the top international ensembles with members from twenty-four nations. In 2023, it celebrated its first 500 years  - music for all at the highest level.

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EUROPEAN TOUR 2023

500th Anniversary Tour

7.9.2023-23.9.2023

In addition to the Academy concerts in its home city of Munich, the Bayerische Staatsorchester also planned its own concert tours as part of its Musical Academy. For the orchestra, the trips are a welcome opportunity to raise its profile at home and abroad as a musical ambassador for the Free State of Bavaria and to develop itself further as an artistic collective. 

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Merano

7.9.23 

8.30 pm 

TO THE DATE

Luzern

8.9.23 

7.30 pm

TO THE DATE

Hamburg

10.9.23

8 pm

TO THE DATE

Berlin

11.9.23

8 pm

TO THE DATE

Bukarest

13.9.23

8 pm

TO THE DATE

Bukarest

14.9.23

7.30 pm

TO THE DATE

Munich - Opera for all

16.9.23

7 pm 

TO THE DATE

London

18.9.23

7.30 pm 

TO THE DATE

London

19.9.23

7.30 pm 

TO THE DATE

Paris

21.9.23

8 pm 

TO THE DATE

Linz

22.9.23

7.30 pm

TO THE DATE

Vienna

23.9.23

7.30 pm 

TO THE DATE
 
Merano © G. Schied
Merano © W. Hösl
Luzern © G. Schied
Luzern © G. Schied
Luzern © G. Schied
Hamburg © W. Hösl
Hamburg © W. Hösl
Berlin © G. Schied
Berlin © G. Schied
Bukarest © G. Schied
Bukarest © G. Schied
Munich © G. Schied
Munich © G. Schied
London © G. Schied
London © G. Schied
Paris © G. Schied
Paris © G. Schied
Linz © G. Schied
Linz © G. Schied
Vienna © G. Schied
Vienna © G. Schied
Vienna © G. Schied
Vienna © G. Schied
Vienna © G. Schied

What the press says

Hamburger Abendblatt


"This mountain tour with Jurowski was pure, sparkling pleasure."

VAN Magazine


"But the Strauss sound of the Bavarian State Orchestra is gigantic."

klassik begeistert


"This is orchestral culture in its purest form!"

rbb24


"Incredible splendor of sound" (Berlin)

"The Bavarian State Orchestra shows why it is one of the best opera orchestras in the world" (Berlin)

bachtrack


"The orchestra and conductor present themselves full of suspense and in love with detail, but never losing the central theme." (Berlin)

"Vilde Frang as soloist performs Berg's probably best-known orchestral work with elegant fragility and lyrical brilliance." (Berlin)

Theaterkompass


"Poetic moments were combined with ever new tonal attractions of the theme." (Bucharest)

bachtrack


"The Bayerische Staatsorchester scales the heights". (London)

"What a glorious sound."  (London)

BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER RECORDINGS

BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER RECORDINGS

Since May 2021, the Bayerische Staatsoper documents its excellence, versatility and tradition with a new in-house label: Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings (BSOrec). 

Discover selected opera productions and concert recordings as well as important archive recordings as CD or DVD/BD. 

More information about all releases and BSOrec can be found here.

ELIAS

This is the first historic recording from the archive on the Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings label:…

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MUNICH OPERA HORNS: VOYAGE

Under the title Voyager, the hornists embark on a sound journey from the origins of their instrument…

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OPERCUSSION: ORIGINAL GROO

Original Grooves is a journey to the origins and traditions of percussion. Especially in Latin…

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IGOR STRAWINSKY / PJOTR I.

The Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera on DVD for the first time! Together with the young…

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Awards

VLADIMIR JUROWSKI

Vladimir Jurowski, born in Moscow, began his musical training at the city’s conservatory, continuing his journey at the colleges of music in Berlin and Dresden. At the Bayerische Staatsoper he made his debut during the 2015/16 season at an academy concert featuring works including Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3 and went on to conduct a new production of the composer’s opera The Fiery Angel. Furthermore, during the 2020/21 season he conducted the new production of Der Rosenkavalier. He has been as the General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper since autumn 2021.

MUSICIANS of THE BAyerisches staatsorchester

 

ORCHESTRA BOARD
Christian Loferer (Chairman)
Dania Lemp (Vice-Chairman)
Matthias Kamleiter

MUSICAL ACADEMY
Martina Beck-Stegemann
Matjaž Bogataj
Giorgi Gvantseladze

MANAGING DIRECTOR BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER KONZERT GMBH, BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER RECORDINGS
Benedikt Don Strohmeier
Martin Fuchs

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD
Milena Viotti
Stefan Ambrosius
Claudio Estay
Yves Savary
Benedikt Don Strohmeier

GUEST CONDUCTORS
Here you will find a list of the international guest conductors and instrumental soloists who will be working with the Bavarian State Orchestra in the 2021/22 season. A "(D)" after the name indicates who is making their debut in Munich this year.

CONDUCTORS
Andrea Battistoni, Alexandre Bloch (D), Ivor Bolton, Gianluca Capuano (D), William Christie (D), Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Teodor Currentzis, Bertrand de Billy, Titus Engel (D), Antonino Fogliani, Mikko Franck (D), Edward Gardner (D), Valery Gergiev, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (D), Thomas Hengelbrock, Michail Jurowski, Gábor Káli (D), Lothar Koenigs, Francesco Lanzillotta (D), Fabio Luisi, Cristian Măcelaru, Antonello Manacorda, Ingo Metzmacher, Stefano Montanari (D), Daniel Oren, Evelino Pidò (D), Carlo Rizzi, Daniele Rustioni (1. guest conductor), Ulf Schirmer (D), Giedrė Šlekytė (D), Stefan Soltesz, Michele Spotti (D)

INSTRUMENTAL SOLISTS
Leif Ove Andsnes (D), Francesco Bearzatti (D), Francesco Diodati (D), Gabriele Evangelista (D), Isabelle Faust, Giovanni Guidi (D), Gerold Huber, Stephan Matthias Lademann, Enrico Morello (D), Sophie Pacini (D), Antonio Pappano, Gianluca Petrella (D), Christian Poltéra (D), Jean-Guihen Queyras (D), Enrico Rava (D), Timothy Ridout (D), Anne Katharina Schreiber (D), Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider (D), Danusha Waskiewicz (D).