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Guide to the Bavarian State Opera

« I was blown away by everything: the singing, the acting, and the playing »
Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Bachtrack
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Pleasure in pain: Munich's new season

New productions, including a stellar Parsifal starring Kaufmann and Gerhaher, mix with the standard rich repertory pickings in the Bavarian capital
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MunichUn ballo in maschera

Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Asher Fisch; Johannes Erath; Bavarian State Opera; Heike Scheele; Gesine Völlm; Jean-François Borras; Simone Piazzola

MunichLa Favorite

La Favorite
Donizetti: La Favorite
Giacomo Sagripanti; Amélie Niermeyer; Bavarian State Opera; Alexander Müller-Elmau; Kirsten Dephoff; Clémentine Margaine; Matthew Polenzani

MunichDer Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Kirill Petrenko; Otto Schenk; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Adrianne Pieczonka; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; Angela Brower
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MunichThe Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew
Scarlatti: The Taming of the Shrew
John Cranko; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

MunichLa Fille Mal Gardée

La Fille Mal Gardée
Hérold: La Fille mal gardée
Sir Frederick Ashton; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Osbert Lancaster

MunichAnna Karenina

Rachmaninov: Anna Karenina
Christian Spuck; Bavarian State Ballet; Jörg Zielinski; Emma Ryott; Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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A commedia del Kosky staging in Munich

Tara Erraught (Carlotta), Brenda Rae (Aminta) and Pavol Breslik (Henry Morosus) © Wilfried Hösl
Barrie Kosky’s clever direction enlivens a Strauss rarity at the Bayerische Staatsoper but the minimalist stage setting sinks HMS Schweigsame Frau.
***11
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A searing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Munich

Anja Kampe (Katerina) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Boris) © Wilfried Hösl
Harry Kupfer's vivid and enlightening production came alive by soprano Anja Kampe's courageous performance and by conductor Oksana Lyniv's briliant direction.
****1
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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Giselle © Wilfried Hösl
Giselle
© Wilfried Hösl