When hundreds of people gather to listen to music at Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich, sitting on picnic blankets, cushions or simply on the ground, it creates a very special atmosphere: casual, rapt and joyful.
Since 1990, the Münchner Opernfestspiele (Munich Opera Festival) has been organising Opera for All open-air concerts. The next event will draw music lovers to the square in front of the Opera House at sunset on 8 July 2018 for a free live performance of “Parsifal”.
Jonas Kaufmann will be singing the lead part. The other parts will also be sung by very well-known artists, including Christian Gerhaher (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Wolfgang Koch (Klingsor) and Nina Stemme (Kundry). Musical director Kirill Petrenko will be responsible for the musical production. It was possible to secure Georg Baselitz for the stage design for this performance of “Parsifal”.
The second Opera for All performance will be the Festival live concert on 21 July on Marstallplatz, behind the Opera House. The ATTACCA Youth Orchestra of the Bayerischer Staatsorchester (Bavarian State Orchestra), conducted by Allan Bergius, will play “Tragic Overture op. 81” by Johannes Brahms.
Finally, the Bayerischer Staatsorchester, led by Michele Mariotti, will play the overture from “Les Vêpres siciliennes”, ballet music by Macbeth, and a selection of arias by Guiseppe Verdi, as well as “Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88” by Antonin Dvořák. The soprano will be Sonya Yoncheva.