Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros & Anna Netrebko Headline Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Bayerische Staatsoper announced its 2020-21 season which includes eight new productions and numerous revivals.


The first new production of the year will be “Die Vögel” by Walter Braunfels, who also penned the libretto. Ingo Metzmacher conducts a production by Frank Castrof that will star Wolfgang Koch, Günter Papendell, Caroline Wettergreen, Emily Pogorelc, Eliza Bloom, and Yajie Zhang, among others.

Performance Dates: Oct. 31, 2020-July 20, 2021

In its world premiere, Luca Francesconi’s “Timothy of Athens” will be directed by Andreas Kriegenburg with Kent Nagano conducting. Toby Spence takes on the title role with a cast that also includes Jochen Kupfer, Adrian Angelico, Nikolai Schukoff, Mian Silanjov, Mirjam Mesak, and Callum Thorpe.

Performance Dates: Nov. 29 -Dec. 12, 2020

Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischütz,” written by Friedrich Kind, will get a production by Dmitri Tcherniakov with Antonello Manacorda conducting. Golda Schultz leads a cast that includes Christian Rieger, Boris Prygl, Anna Prohaska, Kyle Ketelson, and Pavel Cernoch, among others.

Performance Dates: Feb. 7- July 5, 2021

Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” will star Marlis Peterson, Christof Fischesser, Samantha Hankey, Johannes Martin Kränzle, and Katharina Konradi in a new production by Barrie Kosky conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

Performance Dates: March 18-April 3, 2021

Aribert Reimann’s “Lear” gets a new production by Christoph Marthaler under musical direction by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Christian Gerhaher stars in the title role with Christian Riger, Ivan Ludlow, Michael Colvin, Thomas Blondelle, Georg Nigl, Andrew Watts, Atthias Klink, Angela Denoke, Ausrine Stundyte, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Graham Valentine, and James Ley among the cast members.

Performance Dates: May 23 – June 7, 2021

Miroslav Srnka and Tom Hollow’s space opera for young voices “Singularity” will have its world premiere in a production by Nicolas Brieger. Patrick Hahn conducts a cast that includes Eliza Bloom, Sarah Gilford, Juliana Zara, Daria Proszek, Yajie Zhang, and George Virban, among others.

Performance Dates: June 11-18, 2021

Krzysztof Warlikowski directs a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” under the musical direction of Kirill Petrenko. Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros star as the lovers with Mika Kares as King Marke.

Performance Dates: July 4-31, 2021

Dustin Klein directs a new production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” with Constantinos Carydis conducting. Matthew Polenzani headlines the title role with Emily D’Angelo as Idamante and Olga Kulchynska as Ilia. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller plays Elettra.

Performance Dates: July 19-26, 2021




Camilla Nylund and Benjamin Bruns lead Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” with Erik Nielsen conducting. The cast also stars Mirjam Mesak, Huw Montague Rendall, and Jane Archibald

Performance Dates: April 30-May 13, 2021

Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” is set to star Joseph Calleja, Vladislav Sulimski, Sondra Radvanovsky, Okka von der Damerau, and Elsa Benoit. Paolo Carignani conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 10-17, 2021

Ailyn Pérez sings her signature Mimi alongside Benjamin Bernheim’s Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Mirjam Mesak as Musetta and Davide Luciano as Marcello. Eun Sun Kim conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16-21, 2020

Ermonela Jaho leads Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” with a cast that also includes Kristian Paul, Miles Mykkanen, Doris Soffel, and Adrianne Pieczonka. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14-22, 2020

Iréne Theorin sings the title role of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” with Gabriele Schnaut, Vida Miknevičiūtė, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, and René Pape. Erik Nielsen conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 20-26, 2020

Pretty Yende, Galeano Salas, Andrei Zhilikhovsky, and Milan Siljanov star in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Francesco Angelico conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 2020

Sofia Fomina, Gloria Rehm, Pavol Breslik, Manuel Günther, Hans-Peter König, and Bernd Schmidt star in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with Ivor Bolton and Christopher Moulds conducting.

Performance Dates: June 12-23, 2021

Wolfgang Koch, Boris Pinkhasovich, Bogdan Volkov, Olga Bezsmertna, Elsa Benoit, Okka von der Damerau, and Dorottya Láng star in Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Pinchas Steinberg conducting.

Performance Dates: May 16-22, 2021

Markus Stenz leads Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with an all-star cast that includes Tareq Nazmi, John Lundgren, Klaus Florian Vogt, Anja Kampe, Franz-Josef Selig, Emily Pogorelc, and Dean Power.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 5, 2021

In time for the holiday New Year Johan Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will star Johannes Martin Kränzle in his signature Eisenstein, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Franz Hawlata, Okka von der Damerau, Galeano Salas, Michael Nagy, Ulrich Reß, and Sofia Fomina. Friedrich Haider leads the orchestra.

Performance Dates: Dec. 31-Jan. 7, 2021

Asher Fisch conducts one performance of Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Holländer” with Ain Anger, Anja Kampe, Tomislav Mužek, and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner.

Performance Date: July 7, 2021

Klaus Florian Vogt, Emily Magee, Michaela Schuster, Okka von der Damerau, Wolfgang Koch, and Miina-Liisa Värelä star in Richard Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten.” Sebastian Weigle conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 3, 2020

Tara Erraught, Corinna Scheurle, Maureen McKay, and Emily Pogorelc lead Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke and Kevin Conners as the Witch. Friedrich Haider conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11 & 13, 2020



Charles Castronovo and Carmen Giannattasio reprise Verdi’s “I Masnadieri” with Bálint Szabó and Giampaolo Bisanti conducting.

Performance Dates: April 29-May 7, 2021

Béla Bartók’s “Judith” & “Bluebeard’s Castle” returns with John Lundgren and Nina Stemme as well as Oksana Lyniv conducting.

Performance Dates: March 5-11, 2021

Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” is set to star Boris Pinkhasovich, Adela Zaharia, in the title role, Pavol Breslik, and Evgeniy Stavinsky with Antonino Fogliani conducting.

Performance Dates: March 17-26, 2021

Arsen Soghomonyan, Gerald Finley, and Anja Harteros sing Verdi’s “Otello” with Asher Fisch conducting. 

Performance Dates: July 21 & 24, 2021

Željko Lučić  and Simon Keenlyside share the title role in Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Liudmyla Monastyrska and Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth. Callum Thorpe, Alex Esposito, Roberto Tagliavini, Saimir Pirgu, and Pavol Breslik round out the cast. Pinchas Steinberg conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 24-Nov 4, 2020 & July 19-22, 2021

Aleksandra Kurzak, Alisa Kolosova, Roberto Alagna, and Markus Brück star in Puccini’s “Madama Buttefly” with Daniele Callegari conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 16-23, 2020

Sonya Yoncheva, Davide Luciano, and Stefano La Colla star in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” with Marco Armiliato conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 16-25, 2021

Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” will be led by Kirill Petrenko with Wolfgang Koch, Christof Fischesser, Kevin Conners, Christian Rieger, Martin Gantner, Michael Kraus, Zorn Ulrich, Dean Power, Caspar Singh, Christian Valle, Peter Lobert, Martin Snell, Tomislav Mužek, Benjamin Bruns, Julia Kleiter, and Claudia Mahnke.

Performance Date: July 29, 2021

Ludovic Tézier, Federica Lombardi, Rosa Feola, Alex Esposito, Emily Pogorelc, and Anne Sofie von Otter star in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Ivor Bolton conducting.

Performance Dates: July 16 & 18, 2021

Brandon Jovanovich sings the title role in Wagner’s “Parisfal” with Anja Kampe as Kundry, Simon Keenlyside in his signature Amfortas, Günther Groissböck as Gurnemanz, and Derek Welton as Klingsor.

Performance Dates: March 29-April 7, 2021

Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” is set to star John Lundgren, Milan Siljanov, Matthew Newlin, Benjamin Bruns, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Christof Fischesser, Ain Anger, Daniela Sindram, Mirjam Mesak, Judit Kutasi, Elsa Benoit, Samantha Hankey, and Jennifer Johnston. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Performance Dates: June 30 & July 3, 2021

Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, and Sofia Fomina lead Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Keri-Lynn Wilson conducting. Alisa Kolosova and Rafał Siwek round out the cast.

Performance Dates: Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 2021

Kristine Opolais reprises her star-making turn in Dvorak’s “Rusalka” alongside Dmytro Popov, Evgenia Muraveva, Günther Groissböck, and Helena Zubanovich.

Performance Dates: Feb. 14-19, 2021 & July 10 & 14, 2021

Marlis Petersen returns to Richard Strauss’ “Salome” with a starry cast that includes Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Michaela Schuster, Iain Paterson, and Pavol Breslik. Kirill Petrenko conducts the masterpiece.

Performance Dates: July 25 & 28

John Daszak, Tara Erraught, Dean Power, Thomas Blondelle, Andres Agudelo, Joshua Owen Mills, Thomas Hampson, Mojca Erdmann, Tim Kuypers, John Carpenter, Christian Rieger, and Sean Michael Plumb star in Miroslav Srnka and Tom Holloway’s “South Pole.” Marie Jacquot leads in the pit.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4-11, 2020

Klaus Florian Vogt leads Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” with Günther Groissböck, Georg Zeppenfeld, Christian Gerhaher, and Anja Harteros and Lise Davidsen alternating as Elizabeth. Simone Young leads the epic work.

Performance Dates: Feb. 21-March 13, 2021 & July 11, 2021

Hans Abrahamsen’s “The Snow Queen” returns a season after its world premiere with Barbara Hannigan, Rachael Wilson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Caspar Singh. Leo Hussain conducts.

Performance Dates: June 16-22, 2021

Puccini’s “Il Trittico” returns conducted by Bertrand de Billy. “Il Tabarro” is set to star Wolfgang Koch, Yonghoon Lee, and Elza van den Heever while “Suor Angelica” stars Ermonela Jaho and Michaela Schuster. “Gianni Schicchi” is set to star Ambrogio Maestri in the title role, Elsa Benoit, Michaela Schuster, and Galeano Salas.

Performance Dates: June 6-13, 2021

Anja Harteros, Anna Netrebko, and Kristine Opolais share the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca” with Stefano La Colla and Yusif Eyvazov as Cavaradossi, and Byrn Terfel and Ambrogio Maestri as Scarpia. Marco Armiliato and Asher Fisch conduct.

Performance Dates: Oct. 7-Dec. 4, 2020

Rosa Feola sings the title role of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Frédéric Antoun and Simon Keenlyside. Andrea Battistoni conducts.

Performance Dates: April 9-15, 2021

Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” with Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Yusif Eyvazov, and Golda Schultz. Jader Bignamini conducts.

Performance Dates: July 12 & 15, 2021

Malin Byström, John Osborn, George Petean, and Erwin Schrott lead Verdi’s rarely performed “Les Vêpres siciliennes” with Omer Meir Wellber conducting. 

Performance Dates: April 5-13, 2021

Simon Keenlyside, Anja Kampe, John Daszak, Tansel Akzeybek, and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke star in Berg’s “Wozzeck” with Vladimir Jurowski conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 14-25, 2020

The Munich opera house celebrates the holidays with Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” starring Georg Zeppenfeld, Martin Mitterrutzner, Bo Skovhus, Milan Siljanov, Nina Minasyan, Elsa Benoit, and André Schuen.

Performance Dates: Dec. 23, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021


The Munich Festival will present the Next Generation concert featuring Elsa Benoit, Angela Brower, Tara Erraught, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Golda Schultz, Selene Zanetti, Freddie De Tommaso, Tareq Nazmi, Long Long, Boris Prýgl, Galeano Salas, and Milan Siljanov.

Performance Date: July 23, 2021

There will also be the stars concert featuring Nikolaus Bachler, Ivor Bolton, Pavol Breslik, Constantinos Carydis, Asher Fisch, Christian Gerhaher, Anja Harteros, Ermonela Jaho, Anja Kampe, Jonas Kaufmann, Wolfgang Koch, Kent Nagano, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marlis Petersen, Kirill Petrenko, Anne Schwanewilms, Nina Stemme, Bryn Terfel, and Georg Zeppenfeld.

Performance Date: July 26, 2021