Munich Opera Festival

The tradition of the Munich Opera Festival hails back to 1875 when a “Festive Summer” was organised for the first time. We will also continue this tradition in the future, and with the Opera Festival programme, will set an annually changing thematic priority. The first Opera Festival under the artistic direction of Serge Dorny puts three grand works of Richard Strauss front and centre, which of course reflect the most intrinsic medium of music across the art form of opera itself and across time. As a festival premiere, the programme presents Strauss’s last opera, Capriccio, which celebrated its world premiere in the Nationaltheater in 1942. Diana Damrau as the Countess and Michael Nagy as the Count can be enjoyed in David Marton’s staging. Conductor Lothar Koenigs takes to the podium. Barrie Kosky’s stagings of Der Rosenkavalier and Die schweigsame Frau complete the Strauss highlights.

A disconcerting topical piece can be seen for the first time in Munich as the Opera Festival’s opening premiere: Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera The Devils of Loudun deals with religious fanaticism, a priest’s bawdy excesses and an exorcism in the early 17th century. General Music Director Vladimir Jurowski conducts, Simon Stone directs. The Festival programme’s eight other opera productions feature singers including Anna Netrebko, Aida Garifullina, Marlis Petersen Anja Harteros, Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczała and Gregory Kunde. The lieder recitals also promise a crème de la crème cast with Sonya Yoncheva, Anja Harteros, Ian Bostridge, Christian Gerhaher and Jonas Kaufmann. Festival and chamber concerts complement the programme. In the Heute ist Morgen series the Bayerisches Staatsballett once again performs a new creation, which the Opera Studio presents in a festival concert and continues the tradition of a festival religious service. Five weeks full of music await audiences.