Looking forward to autumn!

Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau. Ensemble Tosca: Zeljko Lucic, Anja Harteros W. A. Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Opernballett
The new season starts officially – after the Stage Dinner on 16 September – on 20 September with Gioacomo Puccini's Tosca with Anja Harteros in the title role.

This will be followed by revivals of Die schweigsame Frau, La clemenza di Tito and Simon Boccanegra. On 29 and 30 September, General Music Director Kirill Petrenko will conduct the 1st Academy Concert with works by Gustav Mahler. Olga Borodina will be singing the solo part in the Five Rückert Lieder.

Leoš Janáček's Věc Makropulos will be the season's first new production, from 19 October onwards. Janáček's last-but-one opera will be produced by Árpád Schilling and conducted by Tomáš Hanus. Nadja Michael will be making her role début in the title role.

The  Bayerische Staatsoper would like to thank you most warmly for your interest in the past season, and to wish you a restful summer!

The 2014/15 season at Bayerische Staatsoper

The 2014/15 season stands under the title of Glances Kisses Bites. "Inspired by Heinrich von Kleist, these three words very succinctly define the emotional world of opera. The dichotomy between love and hate that again and again constitutes the motif driving the pilot of operas will be the basic element of next season's premieres as well", according to Nikolaus Bachler.

General Music Director Kirill Petrenko will be conducting two new productions: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in the stage production of director Barbara Wysocka (with Diana Damrau and Pavol Breslik singing the main roles) as well as Alban Berg's Lulu with Marlis Petersen in the title role, staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. With the resumption of Der Ring des Nibelungen, the General Music Director will also for the first time interpret a work by Richard Wagner at Bayerische Staatsoper.

The season opens with a fresh staging of Leoš Janáček's Věc Makropulos
conducted by Tomáš Hanus with Nadja Michael in the title role (directed by Árpád Schilling). Following that will be the premiere of Puccini's Manon Lescaut (directed by Hans Neuenfels), where Anna Netrebko will for the first time be heard in a new production at Bayerische Staatsoper. Singing by her side will be Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux) and Markus Eiche (Lescaut); the conductor will be Alain Altinoglu. The 2015 Munich Opera Festival will open in Prinzregententheater with the premiere of Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande; Christiane Pohle is the producer and Constantinos Carydis will be on the podium at Bayerisches Staatsorchester. Anja Harteros will take on the title role of Arabella in Strauss's opera of the same name. In this final premiere of the season, Philippe Jordan will be conducting and Andreas Dresen will be the director.

An additional 37 productions are on the musical programme such as Elektra, La forza del destino, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Guillaume Tell, Norma, Roberto Devereux, Die schweigsame Frau, Simon Boccanegra, Die Soldaten and Tristan und Isolde. A Schubert cycle with Christian Gerhaher, six Academy Concerts, Le Comte Ory by the Opera Studio as well as a children's opera premiere of Pinocchio will round out the programme.

New productions 2014/15

Leoš Janáček
Věc Makropulos
Conductor: Tomáš Hanus
Production: Árpád Schilling
Premiere: October 19, 2014, Nationaltheater

Giacomo Puccini
Manon Lescaut
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Production: Hans Neuenfels
Premiere: November 15, 2014, Nationaltheater

Gaetano Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Barbara Wysocka
Premiere: January 26, 2015, Nationaltheater

Alban Berg
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Premiere: May 25, 2015, Nationaltheater

Claude Debussy
Pelléas et Mélisande
Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
Production: Christiane Pohle
Premiere: June 28, 2015, Prinzregententheater

Richard Strauss
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Production: Andreas Dresen
Premiere: July 6, 2015, Nationaltheater