Bavarian State Opera

The Bavarian State Opera (German: Bayerische Staatsoper) is an opera company based in Munich, Germany. Its orchestra is the Bavarian State Orchestra. The company's home base is the National Theatre Munich.


The parent ensemble of the company was founded in 1653, under Electress consort Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, when Giovanni Battista Maccioni's L'arpa festante was performed in the court theatre.[1] In 1753, the Residence Theatre (Cuvilliés Theatre) was opened as a major stage.[2] While opera performances were also held in the Prinzregententheater (completed in 1901),[3] the company's home base is the National Theatre Munich on Max-Joseph-Platz.[4]

In 1875, the Munich Opera Festival took place for the first time. Sir Peter Jonas became the general manager in 1993,[5] the first British general manager of any major German-speaking opera house. In 2008, Nikolaus Bachler became general manager of the opera company. The current general music direktor of the company is Kirill Petrenko, since 2013. In 2014, the Bavarian State Opera received the Opernhaus des Jahres (opera house of the year) award from Opernwelt magazine.[6] In October 2015, the company announced the extensions of the current respective contracts of Bachler and of Petrenko through August 2021. Petrenko is scheduled to work as a guest conductor with the company in the final year of his current contract, the 2020–2021 season.[7][8] Both Bachler and Petrenko are scheduled to stand down from their respective posts at the close of the 2020-2021 season. In March 2018, the company announced the appointments of Serge Dorny as its next general manager, and of Vladimir Jurowski as its next Generalmusikdirektor, both effective with the 2021-2022 season.[9]

General managers

General music directors

Famous world premieres

Date Opera Composer Libretto Location
2 October 1753 Catone in Utica Ferrandini Metastasio Residence Theatre
13 January 1775 La finta giardiniera Mozart Giuseppe Petrosellini(?) Salvator Theatre
29 January 1781 Idomeneo Mozart Giambattista Varesco Residence Theatre
1 February 1782 Semiramide Salieri Metastasio Residence Theatre
27 January 1807 Iphigenie in Aulis Franz Danzi Karl Reger Residence Theatre
4 June 1811 Abu Hassan Weber Franz Carl Hiemer Residence Theatre
23 December 1812 Jephtas Gelübde Meyerbeer Aloys Schreiber Residence Theatre
10 June 1865 Tristan und Isolde Wagner Wagner National Theatre
21 June 1868 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner Wagner National Theatre
22 September 1869 Das Rheingold Wagner Wagner National Theatre
26 June 1870 Die Walküre Wagner Wagner National Theatre
29 June 1888 Die Feen Wagner Wagner National Theatre
23 January 1897 Königskinder (Melodrama) Humperdinck Elsa Bernstein National Theatre
10 October 1897 Sarema Alexander von Zemlinsky Alexander and Adolf von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schönberg National Theatre
22 January 1899 Der Bärenhäuter Siegfried Wagner Siegfried Wagner National Theatre
27 November 1903 Le donne curiose Wolf-Ferrari Luigi Sugana (German by Hermann Teibler) Residence Theatre
19 March 1906 I quatro rusteghi Wolf-Ferrari Giuseppe Pizzolato (German by Hermann Teibler) National Theatre
11 December 1906 Das Christ-Elflein Hans Pfitzner Pfitzner and Ilse von Stach National Theatre
4 December 1909 Il segreto di Susanna Wolf-Ferrari Enrico Golisciani (German by Max Kalbeck) National Theatre
28 March 1916 Der Ring des Polykrates / Violanta Korngold Leo Feld and Julius Korngold / Hans Müller-Einigen National Theatre
12 June 1917 Palestrina Hans Pfitzner Pfitzner Prinzregententheater
30 November 1920 Die Vögel Walter Braunfels Braunfels (play by Aristophanes) National Theatre
24 July 1938 Friedenstag Richard Strauss Joseph Gregor and Stefan Zweig National Theatre
5 February 1939 Der Mond Carl Orff Orff National Theatre
11 August 1957 Die Harmonie der Welt Paul Hindemith Hindemith Prinzregententheater
9 July 1978 Lear Aribert Reimann Claus H. Henneberg National Theatre
6 July 1991 Ubu Rex Penderecki Penderecki and Jerzy Jarocki (play by Alfred Jarry) National Theatre
17 July 2003 Das Gesicht im Spiegel Jörg Widmann Roland Schimmelpfennig Cuvilliés Theatre
30 June 2007 Alice in Wonderland Unsuk Chin David Henry Hwang National Theatre
22 February 2010 Die Tragödie des Teufels Peter Eötvös Albert Ostermaier National Theatre
27 October 2012 Babylon Jörg Widmann Peter Sloterdijk National Theatre


  1. Warrack, John (2001). German Opera: From the Beginnings to Wagner, pp. 27–28. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521235324
  2. Brug, Manuel (16 June 2008). "München hat ein neues Rokoko-Prachtstück". Die Welt (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  3. Frank, Werner (10 March 2001). "Klein-Bayreuth an der Isar". Die Welt (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  4. Schönbauer, Sina (15 June 2016). "Die Bayerische Staatsoper ist die drittgrößte Bühne Europas". Focus (in German). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. Spahn, Claus (19 November 1993). "Die Droge Oper". Die Zeit (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  6. "Bayerische Staatsoper ist Opernhaus des Jahres" (Press release). Munich: Die Welt. dpa. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  7. "Kirill Petrenko und Nikolaus Bachler verlängern ihre Verträge" (Press release). Bavarian State Opera. 13 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  8. Matthias Wulff (13 October 2015). "Kirill Petrenko kommt später als erwartet nach Berlin". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  9. Michael Cooper (2018-03-06). "An Opera Powerhouse, Munich, Picks Its Next Leaders". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
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