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Munich13th Monday Concert

Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsorchester © Wilfried Hösl
Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Mahler, Strauss R.
Bayerisches Staatsorchester; Kirill Petrenko; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchesterakademie des Bayerischen Staatsorchesters

MunichDer FreischützNew production

Pavel Černoch (Max), Golda Schultz (Agathe) and Kyle Ketelsen (Kaspar) © Wilfried Hösl
Weber: Der Freischütz
Antonello Manacorda; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Bavarian State Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Gleb Filshtinsky; Lukas Leipfinger; Golda Schultz

MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Alessandro Carletti; Nikolaus Stenitzer
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Petrenko compares and contrasts revolutionary symphonists in Munich

Kirill Petrenko conducting the Bayerisches Staatsorchester © Wilfried Hösl
What links the keys of C major and F minor, and the years 1800 and 1925? The first symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich respectively.
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Tcherniakov's new Freischütz a brilliant piece of theater in Munich

Pavel Černoch (Max), Golda Schultz (Agathe) and Kyle Ketelsen (Kaspar) © Wilfried Hösl
Dmitri Tcherniakov updates the "German Romantic Opera" into a modern-day thriller with interesting twists in a musically splendid performance in Munich.
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Ardent Desire: Zubin Mehta and Camilla Nylund in Munich

Camilla Nylund and Zubin Mehta © Wilfried Hösl
The catchy title of Ardent Desire signposted the Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera's latest Monday evening live streamed concert: two pieces of high Romanticism from Schubert and Strauss. 
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Koležnik's casino Falstaff redeemed by a powerful ending in Munich

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of Falstaff makes the mistake of turning a comedy into a slapstick, but the fine ensemble have the last say as they stand in silence and defiance to face the empty auditorium.
***11
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An indulgent end to the Bavarian State Opera’s lockdown series

Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsorchester © Wilfried Hösl
The Bayerische Staatsorchester saved the best for last with its season finale, a generous programme of Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Mahler.
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Sometimes a flute is just a flute: Die Zauberflöte in Munich

Die Zauberflöte © Wilfried Hösl (2017)

The Bayerische Staatsoper revives once again a beloved production, with a first rate cast.

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