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Not to be missed in December 2018:
Magnificent month of December at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich marked by performances of Verdi's Otello with superstars Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. But as the tradition demands, the other productions are festive with mandatory works as the Nutcracker ballet in the choreography of John Neumeier or the famous Hänsel und Gretel of Humperdinck, a great opera that all the little Germans know. There are two other works on display: Mozart's marvelous production of Zauberflöte by August Everding and Smetana's Bartered Bride, a fundamental work of the opera scene perfectly distributed here.
All music lovers agree that the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich Opera) is by far the best. Here you will find the greatest lyrical artists and much acclaimed directors that are frequently talked about. Apprehending the new season is always with real excitement. The flip side of the coin is probably the number of productions that quickly sold out.
We cannot say this enough, but you must reserve your tickets as soon as possible to be sure to attend a performance at the Munich Opera. Jonas Kaufmann is a regular visitor. This season 2018-2019, he is on display with three major operas evidencing, if necessary, the immensity of his talent. In Verdi's Otello, Florestan of Beethoven's Fidelio, or Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, accompanied by the great conductor Kirill Petrenko, whom by himself already would be worth the trip to Munich. The future conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the finest and his sense of theater is wonderful for every production.
This season 2018-2019, he also directs Wagner's Parsifal with the extraordinary Nina Stemme and Salome by Richard Strauss, a golden role for the vibrant soprano Marlis Petersen. In Otello, another soprano superstar is playing. For years Anja Harteros has been enchanting her fans who know that the Bayerische Staatsoper is her home. Unforgettable Maddalena in Andrea Chénier by Giordano, she once again takes on this moving role this season with Arabella by Richard Strauss and Tosca by Puccini.
The list of great artists performing major roles is impressive. One can mention Sonya Yoncheva in Norma with Joseph Calleja who also appears in Don José alongside the incandescent Carmen of Gaëlle Arquez. Sondra Radvanovsky shares the role of Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux of Donizetti with Edita Gruberova. Diana Damarau is Lucia di Lammermoor, Sally Matthews, Jenufa. Ludovic Tézier plays the Count in the Nozze di Figaro, but also Wolfram in Tannhaüser, while Bryn Terfel stars in the Der fliegende Holländer.
We should mention so many other great artists such as Ermonela Jaho, Anna Pirozzi, Ailyn Perez, Krasimira Stoyanova, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Christian Gerhaher, Simon Keenlyside, Gerald Finley, Klaus Florian Vogt and Ambrogio Maestri ... and remember that Jonas Kaufmann sings three roles at the Munich Opera and nowhere else! But what builds the strength of an opera like the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich is the relevance of its repertoire with each time, the appropriate distribution.
Among the new productions at the Prinzregententheater, Ivor Bolton leads Haendel's Agrippina with Alice Coote and Franco Fagioli. The great choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is invited to give life to Alceste Gluck with Dorothea Röschmann and Charles Castronovo. Karl V, Ernst Krenek's dodecaphonic opera is on display as a tribute to one of the important composers of the twentieth century. Dance and concerts with Zubin Mehta, Patricia Kopachinskaja, Truls Mørk and Frank Peter Zimmermann are also worthy of mention ... The Bayerisches Staatsballett reserves an important space to classical works such as Raymonda, Jewels or Nutcracker, but equally more contemporary works like this evening dedicated to Wayne McGregor. The big names of the ballet also present in Munich like Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Wheeldon, John Cranko or John Neumeier.
The season of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich is once again outstanding and especially in 2018-2019 because the institution celebrates its 100th anniversary and the Nationaltheater, its 200 years!