Guide to Opera, ballet and concerts in Munich

München-Panorama © David Kostner
München-Panorama
© David Kostner
our preview of Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2016-17 season

Love triangles and secret grottos

Munich is one of the top European destinations for opera tourists. It’s not difficult to see why. The Staatsoper's season is built around six new opera productions at the Nationaltheater, ranging from Rossini to Schreker. 
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MunichAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Oksana Lyniv; Robert Carsen; Bavarian State Opera; Peter Pabst; Falk Bauer; Karita Mattila; Jane Archibald

MunichThe Little Prince

Various: The Little Prince
Maged Mohamed; Bavarian State Ballet

MunichResidence Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Debussy, Beethoven
Maximilian Randlinger; Andreas Skouras

MunichDie Entführung aus dem Serail

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Constantin Trinks; Martin Duncan; Bavarian State Opera; Ultz; Lisette Oropesa; Sofia Fomina; Daniel Behle

MunichThe ConsulNew production

Menotti: The Consul
Bavarian State Opera; Selene Zanetti; Niamh O’Sullivan; Johannes Kammler; Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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Making Babylon great again: Semiramide in Munich

The Rossini masterpiece is brought to life by an inspired conductor and four first-class singers in a new, modern production by David Alden.
*****
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Lohengrin and Elsa build a house in Munich

Robert Dean Smith replacing an ailing tenor as Lohengrin was merely adequate but the rest of the cast and the superb orchestra made the modern production of Lohengrin in Munich memorable.
***11
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Thought-provoking Shostakovich

After Martinů's Memorial to Lidice Mariss Jansons and the BRSO left the listener speechless with Shostakovich's Seventh.
*****
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Première of a jarring spectacular on ice

Despite the starriest of casts the première of Miroslav Srnka's double opera South Pole falls behind the expectations created by the media hype, but is celebrated by the audience.
***11
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An infernal spectacular

Bavarian State Opera celebrate the opening of the 2015/16 season with Arrigo Boito's opera Mefistofele
***11
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