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On August 2 and 3, 2014 the Bayerische Staatsoper will be streaming Claudio Monteverdi's L’Orfeo at on-demand.

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

The audiovisual broadcast will be available at on August 2 and 3. The service is free of charge to viewers. Due to technical difficulties during the live streaming on July 27, we will provide the recording exceptionally on-demand.

Claudio Monteverdi
August 2 and 3, 2014

Kindly supported by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Münchner Opernfestspiele e.V.

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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)

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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.

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