Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Kampe & Anja Harteros Headline Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include eight new productions and a number of revival productions.

The season will also include a number of concert performances as well as recitals in the company’s summer festival. Here is a look at all the operatic events.

New Productions 

Amélie Niermeyer directs a new production of Verdi’s “Otello” with music director Kirill Petrenko conducting. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role after his acclaimed role debut in London alongside Gerald Finley as Iago and
Anja Harteros as Desdemona.

Performance Dates: Nov. 23-Dec. 21, 2018 

Smetana’s “The Barter Bride” gets a new production by David Bösch. Tomáš Hanus conducts a cast that includes Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Christiane Karg, Pavol Breslik, and Günther Groissböck.

Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2018-Jan 6, 2019

Bo Skovhus, Anne Schwanewilms, Gun-Brit Barkmin, and Okka von der Damerau star in a new production of the modern opera “Karl V.” by Ernst Krenek. La Fura dels Baus directs the production which will be conducted by Erik Nielsen.

Performance Dates: Feb 10-23, 2019

Anja Kampe takes on the lead role in Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” with John Lundgren as Jack Rance and Brandon Jovanovich as Dick Johnson. Andreas Dresen directs a new production with James Gaffigan conducting.

Performance Dates: March 16-April 2, 2019

Antonello Manacorda conducts the new production by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who also choreographs Glucks’ “Alceste.” Charles Castronovo sings the role of Admète while Dorothea Röschmann takes on the title role.  Michael Nagy is Le Grand-Prêtre d’Apollon and Hercule.

Performance Dates: May 26-June 13, 2019

Marlis Petersen makes her role debut in Strauss’ tragic “Salome.” Krzysztof Warlikowski directs the new production with Michaela Schuster, Wolfgang Koch, Pavol Breslik, and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke rounding out the cast which will be conducted by music director Kirill Petrenko.

Performance Dates: June 27-July 10, 2019

Alice Coote sings the title role in Handel’s “Agrippina” in a visually striking new production. Barrie Kosky directs an all-star cast that also includes Franco Fagioli, Elsa Benoit, Iestyn Davies, and Andrea Mastroni. Ivor Bolton conducts the new production.

Performance Dates: July 23-30, 2019

As part of the Opera Studio, the Bayerische Staatsoper opens a new double bill that includes Stravinsky’s “Mavra” and Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta.” Mirjam Mesak and  Noa Beinart star in Stravinsky’s work while Anaïs Mejìas takes on the title role in Tchaikovsky’s work.

Performance Dates: April 15-28, 2019


The following is in alphabet order by composer.

Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Kampe lead a revival of Calixto Bieto’s “Fidelio” with Günther Groissböck and Wolfgang Koch also headlining. Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s only opera.

Performance Dates: Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2019

Carmen Giannattasio and Sonya Yoncheva alternate the title role in Bellini’s “Norma” with Angela Brower taking on the role of Adalgisa. Josepha Calleja and Riccardo Massi alternate Pollione with Mika Kares as Oroveso. Daniele Callegari and Andrea Battistoni alternate at the put.

Performance Dates: Jan 5-12, 2019 & June 30-July 3, 2019

Gaëlle Arquez takes on the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen” with Joseph Calleja, Cristina Pasaroiu, and Christian Van Horn. Dan Ettinger conducts Linda Wertmuller’s classic production.

Performance Dates: Feb. 25, March 3, 2019

Pavol Breslik reprises his role as Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” He is joined by two different Adinas – Elsa Benoit and Pretty Yende. Levente Molnár and Mariusz Kwiecień alternate the role of Belcore while Alex Esposito and Ambrogio Maestri alternate Dulcamara. Daniele Callegari and Joana Mallwitz take turns at the pit.

Performance Dates: Feb. 3-8, 2019 & July 28-30, 2019

Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena team up for Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Quinn Kelsey and Alexander Tsymbalyuk. Antonino Fogliani conducts all three performances.

Performance Dates: June 9-15, 2019

Divas Sondra Radvanovsky and Edita Gruberova alternate the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux.” Charles Castronovo takes on the title role with Silvia Tro Santafé as Sara. Frederich Haider conducts the final Tudor work.

Performance Dates: March 17-27, 2019

Stefano La Colla takes on the title role in Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier.” Željko Lučić is Carlo Gerard and Anja Harteros reprises her acclaimed Maddalena. Asher Fisch conducts Philipp Stölzl’s production.

Performance Dates: July 21-25, 2019

Rachael Wilson and Tara Erraught alternate the role of Hansel while Elsa Benoit and Louise Alder sing Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Eun Sun Kim conducts the work which rings in teh holiday season.

Performance Dates: Dec. 4-18, 2018

Simone Young conducts Janacek’s final opera “From the House of the Dead” with  Peter Rose and Bo Skovhus headlining the cast.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19-26, 2018

Karita Mattila takes on the role of the Küsterin in Janacek’s “Jenufa” alongside Sally Matthews, who sings the title role. Pavel Černoch and Joseph Kaiser round out the cast conducted by Simone Young.

Performance Dates: Nov. 21-27, 2018

Ivor Bolton conducts an ensemble cast in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.” Federica Lombardi, Angela Brower, Sean Michael Plumb, Paolo Fanale, Tara Erraught, and Paolo Bordogna star in Mozart comic gem.

Performance Dates: Nov. 29- Dec. 3, 2018

Simon Keenlyside sings his signature Don Giovanni in Mozart’s masterpiece alongside Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Layla Claire, Alex Esposito, and Elsa Benoit. James Gaffigan conducts Stephan Kimmig’s production.

Performance Dates: March 5-14, 2019

Konstantin Trinks conduct’s Mozart’s “The Abduction of the Seraglio” with Albina Shagimuratova, Caroline Wettergreen, Daniel Behle, Manuel Günther, and Peter Rose.

Performance Dates: April 4-9, 2019

Christof Loy’s production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” returns with two starry casts. Ludovic Tézier and Mariusz Kwiecień alternate the Count while Federica Lombardi sings the Countess. Olga Kulchynska and Pretty Yende take turns as Susanna while Alex Esposito is Figaro. Rachael Wilson is Cherubino, while Anne Sofie von Otter sings Marcellina. Paolo Bordogna and Peter Rose alternate Bartolo.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22-28, 2018 & July 5-7, 2019

Tobias Kehrer, Benjamin Bruns, Nina Minasyan, and Golda Schultz headline a revival of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with Alexander Soddy conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 20, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019

Otto Schenk’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” returns with Ruzan Mantashyan singing the role of Mimi. Rosa Feola is Musetta and Atalla Ayan is Rodolfo. Sean Michael Plumb sounds out the cast with Giampaolo Bisanti conducting.

Performance Dates: June 17-23, 2019

Karel Mark Chicón conducts Ermonela Jaho in her signature role as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Annalisa Stroppa and Riccardo Massi round out the cast.

Performance Dates: April 5-10, 2019

Anja Harteros sings the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca” with  Stefano La Colla and John Lundgren rounding out the cast. Andrea Battistoni conducts the revival of Luc Bondy’s controversial production.

Performance Dates: May 4-10, 2019

Bertrand de Billy conducts the revival of Puccini’s “Il Trittico” with Yonghoon Lee, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Ambrogio Maestri, Ermonela Jago, Michaela Schuster, and Rosa Feola.

Performance Dates: May 25-June 2, 2019 

Anna Pirozzi and Nina Stemme alternate the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot.” Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Fabio Sartori, Stefano La Colla, and Golda Schultz also star. Pinchas Steinberg and Thomas Søndergård alternate at the pit.

Performance Dates: April 20-May 2, 2019 & July 13-16, 2019

Strauss’ “Arabella” returns with Anja Harteros in her signature role alongside Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Zdenka and Micahel Volle as the Mandryka. Constantin Trinks conducts Andreas Dresen’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan 14-25, 2019

Nicole Car, Pavel Černoch, and Boris Pinkhasovich headline a revival of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s gay-themed production of “Eugene Onegin.” Joana Mallwitz conducts. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 4-15, 2018

Paolo Carignani conducts Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Adrienne Pieczonka, Wookyung Kim, George Petean, and Okka von der Damerau.

Performance Dates: May 18-24, 2019

Dalibor Jenis takes on the title role in Verdi’s “Nabucco” with Piero Pretti, Roberto Tagliavini, and Anna Pirozzi in the demanding role of Abigaille. Andrea Battistoni conducts Verdi’s early masterwork.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9-19, 2019

Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Piero Pretti, Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Sofia Fomina.

Performance Dates: Oct. 20-Nov. 2, 2018

Two casts lead Verdi’s “La Traviata.” First  Kristina Mkhitaryan takes on the title role with Pavol Breslik and Leo Nucci and then in the summer, Ailyn Pérez takes on her signature role with Attala Ayan, and Plácido Domingo. Keri-Lynn Wilson and Marco Armiliato alternate at the pit.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2-12, 2018 & June 28-July 1, 2019

Russell Thomas takes on the title role in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Krassimira Stoyanova, Jamie Barton, and Igor Golovatenko. Ivor Bolton conducts the revival production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 7-17 2018

Paolo Carignani conducts a revival of Antú Romero Nunes’s production of Verdi’s “Les Vepres Siciliennes.” Bryan Hymel, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Erwin Schrott return to the production they created the previous season. Dimitri Platanias rounds out the cast.

Performance Dates: Nov. 11-20, 2018

Bryan Terfel takes on the title role of Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” with Hans-Peter König, Anja Kampe, and Wookyung Kim. Asher Fisch conducts.

Performance Dates: April 22-28, 2019

Wolfgang Koch takes on the role of Hans Sach with “Der Meistersinger von Nuremberg” Georg Zeppenfeld, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Julia Kleiter. Jonas Kaufmann, Christof Fischesser, and Sara Jakubiak sing later performances. Kirill Petrenko conducts all performances.

Performance Dates: Sept. 23-30, 2018 & July 27-31, 2019

Kirill Petrenko leads a revival of Pierre Audi’s production of Wagner’s “Parsifal.” Michael Nagy, René Pape, Burkhard Fritz, and Nina Stemme headline the revival.

Performance Dates: March 24-31, 2019

Klaus Florian Vogt sings the title role in Wagner’s “Tannhauser” with Ludovic Tézier, Elena Pankratova, and Lise Davidsen. Simone Young conducts.

Performance Dates: May 5-12, 2019


The season will also include numerous concert appearances by Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulman, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott, and Christian Gerhaher.