Guide to the Bavarian State Opera

« I was blown away by everything: the singing, the acting, and the playing »
Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Bachtrack

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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MunichDie schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman)

Strauss R.: Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman)
Stefan Soltesz; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Esther Bialas; Brenda Rae; Lavinia Dames

MunichSimon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Bertrand de Billy; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Bavarian State Opera; Elena Zaytseva; Željko Lučić; Vitalij Kowaljow

MunichAndrea Chénier

Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Marco Armiliato; Philipp Stölzl; Bavarian State Opera; Heike Vollmer; Anke Winckler; Jonas Kaufmann; George Petean
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MunichAnna Karenina

Rachmaninov: Anna Karenina
Christian Spuck; Bavarian State Ballet; Jörg Zielinski; Emma Ryott; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

MunichAlice in Wonderland

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


Khachaturian: Spartacus
Yuri Grigorovich; Bavarian State Ballet; Karen Durgaryan; Simon Virsaladze; Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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A commedia del Kosky staging in Munich

Barrie Kosky’s clever direction enlivens a Strauss rarity at the Bayerische Staatsoper but the minimalist stage setting sinks HMS Schweigsame Frau.
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A searing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Munich

Harry Kupfer's vivid and enlightening production came alive by soprano Anja Kampe's courageous performance and by conductor Oksana Lyniv's briliant direction.
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

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.
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