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Festival: Munich Opera Festival

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© Wilfried Hösl
© Wilfried Hösl

June 27 – July 31, 2019

With the Munich Opera Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper has organized the annual highlight of Munich’s cultural summers since 1875. It is therefore one of the oldest festivals of its kind. It began under General Director Karl von Perfall, who held office from 1867 to 1893, and organized a festival summer for the first time in 1875 with operas by Mozart and musical dramas by Wagner.

With time the festival idea also encompassed an own festival theatre, and so under General Director Ernst von Possart the Prinzregententheater emerged within a year at the turn of the century, emboldened by the wishes of the people and supported by Prince Regent Luitpold. The opening on August 21, 1901 with the Meistersinger conducted by Hermann Zumpe was a true festival of the people and introduced a golden age of the Munich Opera Festival. Today visitors can enjoy a diversified repertoire of operas over five weeks. From the end of June to July 31, operas, ballets, concerts and enthralling music theater projects are presented in more than 70 events.Along with two festival premieres, the current new productions of the respective season can also be enjoyed on the Staatsoper’s stage.


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Reality and fantasy in Orlando Paladino in Munich

David Portillo (Pasquale) and Elena Sancho Pereg (Eurilla) © Wilfried Hösl
Axel Ranisch's production makes heavy use of film to tell a comic story of a medieval knight in love.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Instead of telling a story of spiritual enlightenment and ultimate redemption through faith, Pierre Audi's reading is bereft of mystery and magic.
****1
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MunichCastor et PolluxNew production

Castor et Pollux
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
Ivor Bolton; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Philipp Fürhofer; Reinhard von der Thannen; Emőke Baráth; Alix Le Saux

MunichConcerto for Orchestra / Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Concerto for Orchestra / Bluebeard's Castle
Bartók
Oksana Lyniv; Katie Mitchell; Bavarian State Opera; Alex Eales; Sussie Juhlin-Wallén; Nina Stemme; John Lundgren

MunichFestspiel-Liederabend: Pavol Breslik

Festspiel-Liederabend: Pavol Breslik
Pavol Breslik; Amir Katz

MunichI masnadieriNew production

I masnadieri
Verdi: I masnadieri
Michele Mariotti; Johannes Erath; Bavarian State Opera; Kaspar Glarner; Mika Kares; Diana Damrau

MunichFalstaffNew production

Falstaff
Verdi: Falstaff
Kirill Petrenko; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Wolfgang Koch; Aleksandra Kurzak