Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Anja Harteros & Christian Gerhaher Lead Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(In collaboration with Dejan Vukosavljevic)

The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2021-22 season featuring new productions and revivals as well as concerts.

Here is a look at the new season.


Shostakovich’s “The Nose” will get a new production by Kirill Serebrennikow. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the cast that includes Boris Pinkhasovich, Sergei Leiferkus, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Andrey Popov, Sergey Skorokhodov, Anton Rositskiy, Aleksandra Durseneva, Mirjam Mesa, Doris Soffel, Laura Aikin, and Tansel Akzeybek

Performance Dates: Oct. 25, 2021-July 20, 2022

Daniel Behle stars in Lehár’s “Giuditta” in a production by Gábor Káli and Christoph Marthaler conducting. The cast also includes Vida Miknevičiūtė in the title role, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Kerstin Avemo, and Jochen Schmeckenbecher.

Performance Dates: Dec. 18, 2021-Jan. 6, 2022

Barrie Kosky directs Janácek “The Cunning Little Vixen” with Wolfgang Koch leading the cast and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducting. The opera will also star Yajie Zhang, Jonas Hacker, Martin Snell, Milan Siljanov, Caspar Singh, Elena Tsallagova, Mirjam Mesak, Angela Brower, Lindsey Ammann, Armando Elizondo, and Eliza Boom

Performance Date: Jan. 30-Julu 16, 2022

Britten’s “Peter Grimes” will be conducted by Edward Gardner and directed by Stefan Herheim. Stuart Skelton stars in the title role alongside Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Iain Paterson, and Claudia Mahnke.

Performance Date: Feb. 28-July 12, 2022

Haydn’s “L’infedeltà delusa” will be conducted by Giedre Slekyte and directed by Marie-Eve Signeyrole. Jasmin Delfs, Emily Sierra, Jessica Niles, Armando Elizondo, and Joel Williams star.

Performance Date: March 19-29, 2022

Christophe Honoré directs a new production of “Les Troyens” by Berlioz starring Stéphane Degout as Chorèbe, Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cassandre, Gregory Kunde as Énée, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Didon. Daniele Rustioni conducts a cast that also stars Eve-Maud Hubeaux, Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Brandon Jovanovich.

Performance Dates: May 9-July 10, 2022

Claus Guth directs “Bluthaus – Lamento della Ninfa, Il ballo delle ingrate.” Titus Engel conducts a cast that include Vera-Lotte Böcker, Nicola Beller Carbone, and Bo Skovhus.

Performance Dates: May 21-29, 2022

Romeo Castellucci directs “Koma – Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.” Teodor Currentzis conducts.

Performance Dates: May 22-29, 2022

Georg Friedrich Haas and Claudio Monteverdi’s “Thomas – Lamento d’Arianna” will be conducted by Alexandre Bloch and directed by Anna-Sophie Mahler. Holger Falk, Konstantin Krimmel, Hagen Matzeit, Randall Scotting, Caspar Singh, Yajie Zhang, Daria Proszek, and Lini Gong star.

Performance Dates: May 23-29, 2022

Penderecki’s “Die Teufel von Loudun” will be directed by Simon Stone with Vladimir Jurowski conducting and Ausrine Stundyte leading the cast.

Performance Dates: June 27-July 7, 2022

Strauss’ “Capriccio” will be conducted by Lothar Koenigs and directed by David Marton. Diana Damrau and Pavol Breslik star in the production alongside Michael Nagy, Vito Priante, Kristinn Sigmundsson, and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

Performance Date: July 17, 2022


Puccini’s “Il Tabarro” and “Gianni Schicchi” will be performed in a double bill starring Wolfgang Koch, Yonghoon Lee, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Lindsay Ammann, Ambrogio Maestri, Emily Pogorelc, Lindsay Ammann, and Galeano Salas.

Performance Dates: Sept. 18 & 19, 2021

Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy. The opera will star Christof Fischesser, Anja Kampe, Benjamin Bruns, and John Lundgren.

Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 6, 2021

Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann star in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with George Petean, Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Mika Kares.

Performance Dates: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021

Anna Pirozzi sings the title role in Puccini’s “Turandot” with Alexander Vinogradov as Timur, Brian Jagde as Calaf, and Elena Guseva as Liù. Gábor Káli conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 7-13, 2021

Bryn Terfel sings the title role in Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Vito Priante, Galeano Salas, Eleonora Buratto, Deanna Breiwick, Lindsay Ammann, and Daria Proszek. Antonino Fogliani conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 15-21, 2021

Daniel Oren and Carlo Rizzi lead Puccini’s “Tosca” with Anja Harteros in the title role; Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Piotr Beczala as Cavaradossi; and Luca Salsi and Ambrogio Maestri as Scarpia.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19, 2021-March 4, 2022

George Petean, Sondra Radvanovsky, Okka von der Damerau, and Francesco Meli star in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 31-Nov.6, 2021

Bizet’s “Carmen” returns with Dmytro Popov, Lucas Meachem, Varduhi Abrahamyan, and Rosa Feola. Alexandre Bloch conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10-24, 2021

Walter Braunfels’ “Die Vögel” returns for the first time after its premiere in the 2020-21 season with Ingo Metzmacher and Wolfgang Koch, Günter Papendell, Caroline Wettergreen, and Emily Pogorelc

Performance Dates: Nov. 12-18, 2021

Weber’s “Der Freischütz” returns with Lothar Koenigs conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 26, 2021

Klaus Florian Vogt, Elena Guseva, and Christoph Pohl star in Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” with Lothar Koenigs conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1-10, 2021

Evelino Pidò conducts Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Emily Pogorelc, Bogdan Volkov, Andrè Schuen, and Erwin Schrott.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11-17, 2021

Günther Groissböck, Pavol Breslik, Milan Siljanovht, Sabine Devieilhe, Olga Kulchynska, and Sean Michael Plumb star in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with Ivor Bolton conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 21-30, 2021

Angel Blue and Ailyn Pérez share the lead role in Puccini’s “La Bohème” alongside a cast that includes Emily Pogorelc, Aida Garifullina, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Piotr Beczala, and Artur Rucinski. Francesco Lanzillotta conduct

Performance Dates: Jan. 5-July 30, 2022

Verdi’s “La Traviata” will be performed by two casts. Aleksandra Kurzak, Dmytro Popov, and Simon Keenlyside lead the first while Lisette Oropesa, Stephen Costello, Placido Domingo, and Leo Nucci star in the second. Giedré Šlekyté conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 8-July 1, 2022

Tamara Wilson stars in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos” alongside Erin Morley, Konstantin Krimmel, Daniela Sindram, and Brandon Jovanovich. Ulf Schirmer conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-26, 2022

Strauss’ “Die schweigsame Frau” will be conducted by Stefan Soltesz and will star Franz Hawlata, Christa Mayer, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Björn Bürger, Daniel Behle, Brenda Rae, and Deanna Breiwick.

Performance Dates: Jan. 29-July 22, 2022

Alex Esposito, Lisette Oropesa, Misha Kiria, and Michele Angelini lead Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” with Ginaluca Capuano.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9-18, 2022

Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” spotlights Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva, Golda Schultz as Countess Almaviva, Katharina Konradi as Susanna, Alex Esposito in the title role, and Kayleigh Decker as Cherubino. Anne Sofie von Otter and  Maurizio Muraro round out the cast with Thomas Hengelbrock conducting.

Performance Dates: March 9 – 20, 2022

Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” stars Andrzej Filonczyk as Lord Enrico Ashton, Xabier Anduaga as Sir Edgardo, Nadine Sierra in the title role, and Riccardo Zanellato Raimondo. Evelino Pidò conducts.

Performance Dates: March 12 – 24, 2022

Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” features Edgardo Rocha, Jarrett Ott, Renato Girolami, Emily Pogorelc, Yajie Zhang, Marianne Crebassa, and Erwin Schrott. Michele Spotti conducts.

Performance Dates: March 18 – 25, 2022

Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” showcases Sofia Fomina, Elizabeth Sutphen, Daniel Behle, Jonas Hacker, Ante Jerkunica, Bernd Schmidt, and Gonca de Haas. Stefano Montanari conducts.

Performance Dates: April 8 – 13, 2022

Anja Harteros makes her role debut as Kundry in Wagner’s “Parsifal” alongside Christian Gerhaher as Amfortas, Christof Fischesser as Gurnemanz, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Klingsor, and Simon O’Neill in the title role. Mikko Franck conducts the production.

Performance Dates: April 14 – 23, 2022

Anna Netrebko stars in Verdi’s “Macbeth” alongside Artur Rucinski, Vitalij Kowaljow, and Evan LeRoy Johnson. Ludovic Tézier will also perform the title role alongside Tareq Nazmi, Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Freddie De Tommaso. Andrea Battistoni and Fabio Luisi conduct.

Performance Dates: April 24 – July 18, 2022

Gianluca Buratto performs Claudio, Elsa Benoit portrays Poppea, and Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role of Händel’s “Agrippina.” The cast also includes John Holiday, Iestyn Davies, Mattia Olivieri, Cortez Mitchell, and Andrew Hamilton. Stefano Montanari conducts.

Performance Dates: May 7 – 13, 2022

Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” spotlights Christof Fischesser as Baron Ochs, Samantha Hankey as Octavian, and Marlis Petersen as Die Feldmarchallin with Johannes Martin Kränzle as Faninal and Katharina Konradi as Sophie. Galeano Salas and Evan LeRoy Johnson interpret the role of the Italian singer with Vladimir Jurowski conducting.

Performance Dates: May 8 – July 24, 2022

Alasdair Kent, Ambrogio Maestri, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Andrei Zhilikhovsky, and Adam Palka star in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Antonino Fogliani conducts.

Performance Dates: May 10-16, 2022

Arsen Soghomonyan and Gregory Kunde share the title role in Verdi’s “Otello” with Gerald Finley and Luca Salsi as Iago, Oleksiy Palchykov as Cassio, and Anja Harteros as Desdemona. Daniele Rustioni and Antonino Fogliani conducts.

Performance Dates: May 27-July 5, 2022

Ermonela Jaho presents her signature “Madama Butterfly” in a production starring Alisa Kolosova, Charles Castronovo,  and Davide Luciano. Antonello Manacorda conducts.

Performance Dates: May 31-June 5, 2022

Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme star in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Mika Kares, Wolfgang Koch, Sean Michael, and Okka von der Damerau. Lothar Koenigs conducts.

Performance Dates: June 6-20, 2022

Piotr Beczala, Carlos Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Judit Kutasi, and Deanna Breiwick lead an all-star cast in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Daniele Rustioni conducting.

Performance Dates: June 12-22, 2022

Valery Gergiev conducts “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” with Brandon Jovanovich, Camilla Nylund, Mihoko Fujimura, Michael Volle, and Nina Stemme.

Performance Dates: July 28 & 31, 2022