Guide to the Bavarian State Opera

« one of the most breathtaking performances of any opera I've ever seen; music and drama combined perfectly »
Matthew Lynch, Bachtrack

Pleasure in pain: Munich's new opera & ballet 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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Verdi: Nabucco
Paolo Carignani; Yannis Kokkos; Bavarian State Opera; Dimitri Platanias; Liudmyla Monastyrska

MunichLa Cenerentola

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Giacomo Sagripanti; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Bavarian State Opera; Javier Camarena; Levy Segkapane

MunichTannhäuserNew production

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Kirill Petrenko; Romeo Castellucci; Bavarian State Opera; Klaus Florian Vogt; Anja Harteros
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MunichAlice in WonderlandNew production

Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Christopher Wheeldon; Bavarian State Ballet; Myron Romanul; Nicholas Wright; Bob Crowley; Bayerisches Staatsorchester


Bavarian State Ballet

MunichSpartacusNew production

Khachaturian: Spartacus
Yuri Grigorovich; Bavarian State Ballet; Karen Durgaryan; 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.
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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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Giselle © Wilfried Hösl
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