I am very much looking forward to starting the new season with you and once again celebrating opera, dance and music in complete safety.

This year we are opening the season both at the National Theater and at other venues in the city and in the Free State of Bavaria. Together with our new General Music Director Vladimir Jurowski, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Bavarian State Orchestra and numerous artists and employees of the theater, we look forward to meeting you at such diverse venues as Karlsplatz in Ansbach, the Brunnenhof, the Cuvilliés Theater and the National Theater. It is a central concern of mine that we as the Bavarian State Opera reach out to people in Munich, in Bavaria and throughout the world - in ever new and creative ways.

We want to arouse the curiosity of an ever-widening audience for our fantastic work, for our diverse concerts, operas and ballets.

A city is a highly dynamic entity, and so is a theater. Both are constantly evolving, preserving traditions and responding to new impulses. I feel it is an important and inspiring task to keep looking for new points of contact and opportunities for encounters.

And so, after the concert in Ansbach with Piotr Beczala, we will open our doors and offer a wide range of different events and formats throughout the day. In addition to one act operas and jazz on the main stage, the Brunnenhof will become a fairground where you can talk to members of the house, look behind the scenes and listen to bands. Ballet can be experienced in the Cuvilliés Theater and the Prinzregententheater. On the second weekend of our September festival, major opera productions with soloists such as Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe and Piotr Beczala follow in the National Theater with "Der fliegende Holländer" and "La forza del destino". Christian Gerhaher can be heard with Isabelle Faust in a chamber concert.

Please note:
Due to an illness Jonas Kaufmann was forced to cancel his performance at this concert. We wish him a quick recovery. Fortunately, we were able to secure Piotr Beczala, who will take over this evening with great pleasure. There are no changes to the program.


As the season commences, the recently founded September Festival shows that excellence and openness do not have to be opposites. Highest artistic quality should be accessible to and experienced by the entire breadth of the population. This vision is one of General Manager Serge Dorny’s most important goals. To open the September Festival, Piotr Beczala sings live in Ansbach with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester’s Opera for All concert. For a full ten days we will then celebrate the opening of the season with a diverse programme, filled with surprises. Operas by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner and the ballet production Liaison with various choreographies will be enjoyed in the Prinzregententheater, the Nationaltheater and in the Cuvilliés Theatre. An Orchesterakademie chamber concert and a lieder recital with Christian Gerhaher complement the musical programme.


The first festival weekend invites one and all to a colourful September Festival in the Brunnenhof, which revitalises the tradition of royal festivals and tournaments in the Residenz’s Brunnenhof dating back to the 17th century. The location, which in times gone by was exclusively accessible to a select group of people, will now offer people of all social strata and all ages the opportunity to enjoy music, games and the fascination of opera in a tumultuous and diverse programme. But not only is the power of music at the core of our September Festival, it’s also about the individual. Everyone is a king or queen. Everyone hears differently. Everyone is welcome.

With: Donnerbalkan, DJ Tiefgeist, Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Sänger:innen aus dem Ensemble der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Tänzer:innen des Corps de Ballett

Our audience has applied with unusual aria ideas and we invite the best contributions to our stage. Look forward to fancy styled arias!

Flea market, photo box, children's tent, dramaturgical information about the season, exhibition of pointe shoes, prop stand, culinary offers.

All performances of the Septemberfest:

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