Munich's opera history began in 1651 and since then has seen many first-time-ever performances, with Mozart, Wagner and Strauss operas among them. These composers are consequently referred to as the "three house gods" and make up for a great proportion of today's programme. With the advent of director Peter Jonas, however, there was a slight shift towards contemporary and baroque opera.
Since the Bayerische Staastsoper company does not have a theatre of its own, performances take place in different places, mainly in the Nationaltheater (built 1811-1818, see pic 1&2) and the Altes Residenztheater (AKA Cuvilliéstheater, built 1751-1753 and renowned for its Rokoko interior - see pic 3). Both theatres had to be rebuilt after World War II.
The annual opera festival in July is a major attraction - performances are sold out months before.
Official website: http://www.commed.de/staatsoper
Tape-recorded info on ticket avialability: +49(0)89/2185-1919 (24 hrs.)
Open: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-13
Advance sale commences one month before the performance.
Processing of orders for the Festival begins in February.
Send your order, for Festival and ordinary performances, to the Ticket Office address above. Advance payment by giving credit card number or sending a cheque with amount left blank is welcome, but not necessary. Improve your chances by giving alternatives or a price limit. Processing fee for orders is DM 3.
Credit cards: AmEx, Visa, Eurocard, Diners, JCB, EC-Card
Evening box office: One hour before courtain up at venue.
(Categories vary according to performance and venue, groups according to seat. Groups VII and VIII encompass seats as well as standing room.)
Prices are given in Deutsche Mark.
Students, retired and other "poor" people can either obtain standing room tickets for DM 6 during normal advance sale, or any seat left over for DM 10 half an hour before courtain up at the evening box office.
2123, including standing room (Nationaltheater)
(for Nationaltheater as well as Cuvilléstheater)
Concert and theatre tickets are valid as public transport tickets from 15h on the day of performance!
Conceived, written and malformed by A. Bender (firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com)
last updated January 17, 1997