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Guide to Opera, ballet and concerts in Munich

München-Panorama © David Kostner
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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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MunichSouth Pole

Srnka: South Pole
Kirill Petrenko; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Katrin Connan; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; John Daszak; Tara Erraught

MunichLa Fille mal gardée

Hérold: La Fille mal gardée
Sir Frederick Ashton; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

MunichBoris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Marko Letonja; Calixto Bieito; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Dmitry Belosselskiy; Dmytro Popov

MunichDer Rosenkavalier

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Kirill Petrenko; Otto Schenk; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Anne Schwanewilms; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller


Strauss R.: Elektra
Simone Young; Herbert Wernicke; Bavarian State Opera; Doris Soffel; Nina Stemme
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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.
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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.
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An infernal spectacular

Bavarian State Opera celebrate the opening of the 2015/16 season with Arrigo Boito's opera Mefistofele
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Munich Don Carlo in fifty shades of black

Better conducting and supertitles would also help breathe life into this drab revival of Bayerische Staatsoper's Don Carlo.
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