Our premieres and repertoire performances in autumn
From September to December 2017 at the Bayerische Staatsoper
‘Show me your Wound’ is next season’s motto. The first premiere, Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a testament to the deep wounds only love can inflict. In Giacomo Puccini’s Il trittico, conducted by Kirill Petrenko, death is a guest in all three one-acters, which make up the opera. The General Music Director will be touring Asia with the Bayerische Staatsorchester before the start of the season, conducting three different concerts as well as Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser.
Director Christof Loy sees the first premiere of the season, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, as a study of humanity’s perennial fear of being unloved. “I wouldn’t describe Le nozze di Figaro as a comedy. I’d say it’s more of a melancholy opera,” says Alex Esposito, who will be taking on the leading role under the musical directorship of Constantinos Carydis. Anett Fritsch sings the part of Cherubino, and soprano Olga Kulchynska gives her debut at the theatre in the role of Susanna. Performing as the Countess and Count di Almaviva are Federica Lombardi (giving her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper) and Christian Gerhaher.
The second new production of the season and the General Music Director’s first Puccini premiere is Il trittico. Lotte de Beer will be staging the three one-act parts: Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. This triptych comprises of three historical highpoints, from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century. They unite the death motifs – the deaths of relatives, and of an illegitimate and long-lost child, as legacy hunting or genocide. “It’s no coincidence that this piece was written while the First World War was raging in Europe”, says de Beer, who’s producing an opera for the Bayerische Staatsoper for the first time. Wolfgang Koch, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Yonghoon Lee make up the love-triangle in Il tabarro. Ermonela Jaho and Ambrogio Maestri take on the other main roles, Sister Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
The season will open with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte conducted by Constantin Trinks. Omer Meir Wellber conducts Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and Anita Rachvelishvili sings the leading role. Following on from this is Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District with Anja Kampe conducted by Oksana Lyniv.
Igor Zelensky will open his second season at the Bayerisches Staatsballett with John Cranko’s choreographic arrangement of Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. From October, two classics of ballet history, Giselle and La Bayadère, will continue the programme. Christopher Wheeldon’s magical on-stage choreography in Alice in Wonderland will remain part of the repertoire.
From 19th of November, Anna Karenina will be the first work by Christian Spuck ever to be performed by the Bayerisches Staatsballett. The choreographer, who is also jointly responsible for the staging, sets the story of this tragic heroine in the aristocratic, historical Russia, which he defamiliarizes lyrically. This version of the ballet was first performed in Zürich in 2014.