Watch "L'Orfeo" live on STAATSOPER.TV!

On Sunday, July 27, the Bayerische Staatsoper will be streaming the season's ninth and last performance on STAATSOPER.TV. This time, General Manager Nikolaus Bachler is presenting the work that is considered to mark the birth of opera as an art form: Claudio Monteverdi's "favola in musica" L’Orfeo.

In the new production by David Bösch, who was responsible for the stagings of Gaetano Donizetti's L’elisir d’amore or Wolfgang A. Mozart's Mitridate, rè di Ponto, Baritone Christian Gerhaher will be singing the title role. Baroque specialist Ivor Bolton is conducting the Monteverdi-Continuo-Ensemble.

The live audiovisual broadcast will start at 6 p.m. (CET) at The service is free of charge to viewers.

Claudio Monteverdi
Sun., July 27, 2014, 6 p.m. (CET)

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Verdi's "La forza del destino" on ARTE

La forza del destino: Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros
The 2014 Munich Opera Festival and thus the 2013/14 season will end with a revival of Martin Kušej’s new production of La forza del destino, which opened in December 2013.

Arte will be transmitting the show on July 28, with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann in the leads. The Bayerisches Staatsorchester will be conducted by Asher Fisch.

Giuseppe Verdi
La forza del destino
Mon., July 28, 2014, 9.50 p.m. (CET)
Live stream on ARTE Concert

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The 2014 Munich Opera Festival

Das Nationaltheater während der Münchner Opernfestspiele (Foto: Felix Löchner)
The Bayerische Staatsoper is opening its doors for the 2014 Munich Opera Festival. Alongside the premieres of Gioachino Rossini's Guillaume Tell and Claudio Monteverdi's L’Orfeo, the programme once again includes a wide range of repertoire performances and vocal recitals.

An innovation this year is the Festival in the Reithalle, an external venue in which the Bayerische Staatsoper will be presenting experimental musical theatre Projects.

The programme also includes Anna Netrebko's role début as Lady Macbeth along-side La Traviata with Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja. Anja Harteros will be interpreting works by Franz Schubert at her Solo Recital, additionally she will give her Munich role début as Tosca and will be presenting her celebrated interpretation of Leonora in La forza del destino. This production also features Jonas Kaufmann, who will further perform a solo recital on the stage of Bayerische Staatsoper. Edita Gruberova is returning to the Bayerische Staatsoper in her classic role of Donna Lucrezia Borgia in Donizetti's opera seria, with Pavol Breslik as Gennaro.


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The 2014/15 season at Bayerische Staatsoper

At the annual press conference, General Manager Nikolaus Bachler and General Music Director Kirill Petrenko presented the coming season's musical programme. The 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

STAATSOPER.TV 2013/14 season in high definition (Full HD)

Der Zuschauerraum des Nationaltheaters
In 2013/14, the Bayerische Staatsoper is presenting its second season of selected performances as live streams free of charge online with STAATSOPER.TV. These will also include all the new productions by the new General Music Director Kirill Petrenko.

Classical music fans from all over the world can thus follow six evenings of opera and two of ballet live from Munich – and, for the first time, in full HD. The first broadcasts were the audio-visual transmissions of Wozzeck, Die Frau ohne SchattenLa forza del destino and La clemenza di Tito.

These will be followed by live streams of these performances:

March 15, 2014
7.30 P.M. (C.E.T.)
La Bayadère
Choreography Marius Petipa / Patrice Bart
Music Ludwig Minkus
With Lucia Lacarra (Nikiya) and Marlon Dino (Solor) a.o.

May 31, 2014
7.00 P.M. (C.E.T.)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Die Soldaten
New production
Kirill Petrenko
Director Andreas Kriegenburg;
With Barbara Hannigan, Michael Nagy, Endrik Wottrich a.o.

June 21, 2014
7.30 P.M. (C.E.T.)
Les Ballets Russes - Les Biches / L'Après-midi d'un faune / Shéhérazade
Choreography Bronislawa Nijinska / Vaslav Nijinsky / Mikhail Fokine
Music Francis Poulenc / Claude Debussy / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

June 28, 2014
6 P.M. (C.E.T.)
Gioachino Rossini
Guillaume Tell
New production
Dan Ettinger
Director Antú Romero Nunes
With Michael Volle, Bryan Hymel, Günther Groissböck a.o.

July 27, 2014 
6 P.M. (C.E.T.)
Claudio Monteverdi
New production
Ivor Bolton
Director David Bösch
With Christian Gerhaher, Anna Bonitatibus a.o.


The new portrait gallery at the Bayerische Staatsoper

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There are some new additions to the historic portrait gallery at the National Theatre: 21 selected illustrious singers from the last five decades who are or have been closely associated with the Bayerische Staatsoper have each been depicted by the same number of contemporary visual artists.

The "ancestral portrait gallery" initially created in 1899 by Ernst von Possart, General Manager of the Residenztheater, has been looked after since 1963 by the Association of Friends of the National Theatre, which is also the partner and generous sponsor for the renewal of the gallery. There have only been a few new portraits since the 1960s; most recently, these were of Wolfgang Sawallisch and Sir Peter Jonas.

The visual artists were chosen for the new portrait gallery by the art historian Eva Karcher. Over the last two years, the artists have been working in various formats and a wide range of media, from classic drawing and painting through photography and video to embroidery and encaustic art. The project has also been made possible by a large number of patrons, who have become "portrait sponsors". The new works will be on display in the front building of the National Theatre from 16 October onwards, where they will form a fascinating dialogue with the historic portraits (including portraits by painters such as Franz von Lenbach and Franz von Stuck). 19 historic works will be stored in the Theatre Museum. The new portraits are not on loan; they will form part of the Bayerische Staatsoper's collection and will be on permanent display here.

Contemporary portraits will follow at irregular intervals from next year.
To take a look at the new portraits of Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Edita Gruberova, Hildegard Behrens or René Kollo by artists such as Elizabeth Peyton, David LaChapelle, Vik Muniz or Stephan Balkenhol click here.

Photo Gallery

The 2013/14 Season

To mark the 50th anniversary of the reopening of the National Theatre, the 2013/14 season focuses on the theme of "How one becomes what one is". As in 1963, the 2013/14 season will open with Richard Strauss‘ Die Frau ohne Schatten.

1943 – 1963 – 2013. These three dates mark turning points in the chequered, lively history of the Bayerische Staatsoper. The opera house is taking the anniversary as an opportunity to address a number of historic questions: "Commemorating 50 years of the restored National Theatre is bound to give rise, in particular, to questions about art and about ourselves. Where has our society moved on to since the Second World War? Where do we stand today? Who are we? We are reflecting these questions in both old and new works", comments Nikolaus Bachler.

Alongside the November premiere of Die Frau ohne Schatten directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski and conducted by Kirill Petrenko, the programme also includes Giuseppe Verdi's La forza del destino (directed by Martin Kušej) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's late work La clemenza di Tito (directed by Jan Bosse). In spring 2014, Kirill Petrenko will be conducting a new interpretation of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten. The 2014 Munich Opera Festival will open with a new production of Gioachino Rossini's Guillaume Tell, and a baroque opera, Claudio Monteverdi's L’Orfeo, will be introduced into the repertoire of the Bayerische Staatsoper in July 2014.

In addition, the schedule also includes 35 further productions, such as Babylon, Boris Godunov, La Calisto, L’Enfant et les sortilèges / Der Zwerg, Eugene Onegin, Rusalka, Salome, Il turco in Italia and Wozzeck. A Celebratory Concert to mark the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, the Anniversary Celebration commemorating 50 years since the reopening of the opera house and an Opera Studio production of Opera Studio production in the Cuvilliés Theatre complete the programme.

The Premieres

Richard Strauss
Die Frau ohne Schatten
Musical direction
Kirill Petrenko
Stage direction Krzysztof Warlikowski
Premiere on Nov. 21, 2013 in the Nationaltheater

Giuseppe Verdi
La forza del destino
Musical direction Asher Fisch
Stage direction Martin Kušej
Premiere on Dec. 22, 2013 in the Nationaltheater

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La clemenza di Tito
Musical direction Kirill Petrenko
Stage direction Jan Bosse
Premiere on Feb. 10, 2014 in the Nationaltheater

Production by the Opera Studio
Premiere on Apr. 30, 2014 in the Cuvilliés-Theater

Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Die Soldaten
Musical direction Kirill Petrenko
Stage direction Andreas Kriegenburg
Premiere on May 25, 2014 in the Nationaltheater

Gioachino Rossini
Guillaume Tell
Musical direction Dan Ettinger
Stage direction Antú Romero Nunes
Festival premiere June 28, 2014 in the Nationaltheater

Claudio Monteverdi
Musical direction Ivor Bolton
Stage direction David Bösch
Festival premiere on July 20, 2014 in the Prinzregententheater