Just in: Munich cancels open-air opera due to situation

Just in: Munich cancels open-air opera due to situation


norman lebrecht

July 26, 2016

The Bavarian State Opera has called off Sunday’s free open-air transmission of Meistersinger in  Max-Joseph-Platz.

‘It’s not the right moment for such a summer’s day event when there has been mourning so close by,’ said intendant Nikolaus Bachler.

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Full statement:

The Bayerische Staatsoper and the BMW Group are cancelling the Opera for all-event and the linked live-stream, due to take place on Sunday, July 31, since the Memorial Service and Vigil for the victims of the Munich shooting is set to take place at the same time. “The Staatsoper and all its employees, singers and musicians mourn for the loss of last Friday’s victims. We have decided to carry on with our performances so that we may find some solace in art. However, it does not seem the right time to hold a large summer event in front of the theatre while we are surrounded by grief”, says General Manager Nikolaus Bachler. “Seeing as the two events are happening simultaneously, we have decided that the live broadcast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will not take place.”

The Staatsoper, together with partner BMW Munich, is discussing the possibility of holding the open air event and the live-stream in October. The Sunday performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will be held on the National Theatre stage, like the rest of the current Munich Opera Festival performances.


  • Jenny B says:

    Not only the open-air transmission, but also the livestream!