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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MunichThe Fiery AngelNew production

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Michail Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Evgeny Nikitin; Ausrine Stundyte

MunichSemiramideNew production

Rossini: Semiramide
Michele Mariotti; David Alden; Bavarian State Opera; Paul Steinberg; Buki Shiff; Joyce DiDonato; Alex Esposito

MunichRomeo and Juliet

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Leonid Lavrovsky; Bavarian State Ballet; Robertas Servenikas; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

MunichSpartacusNew production

Khachaturian: Spartacus
Yuri Grigorovich; Bavarian State Ballet; Karen Durgaryan; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

MunichJenůfa

Janáček: Jenůfa
Tomáš Hanus; Barbara Frey; Bavarian State Opera; Bettina Meyer; Bettina Walter; Hanna Schwarz; Stuart Skelton
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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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