A bad day to break a new season

A bad day to break a new season


norman lebrecht

March 15, 2020

Bavarian State Opera announced 20/21 this morning, the last under General Manager Nikolaus Bachler and chief conductor Kirill Petrenko.

There are eight new productions including a Tristan und Isolde in June 21 with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros making role debuts.

In normal tumes, this would engender infinite online chatter. Today – not much.




  • Ken Eisenstein says:

    I liked getting this news this morn and shared it with my fellow Kaufmannites. I think your headline meant BAD for BSO drumming up excitement, rather than inappropriate. The hope to catch a full Tristan from Kaufmann next year will alleviate some of the pain of missing what will likely be cancelled next month (his Boston/NY Act III).

  • RW2013 says:

    Finally Die Vögel!!!

  • Hermann Lederer says:

    Kirill Petrenko is only a normal Guest conductor next season.

  • Incredulous says:

    Dream on. None of this is happening. We’re just at the beginning of this thing.

    • Nik says:

      Everyone realises that we are just at the beginning of this thing, but are you seriously suggesting that the world will stay on lockdown forever?
      Sooner or later, when the initial panic has passed, we will have to find a way of resuming normal life.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        In four months time we will likely start events again. Unlikely to be sooner, and it may take a bit longer.

  • Edgar says:

    Will Kaufmann die before Tristan does?

  • Ken Eisenstein says:

    I’m smiling, but neither Kaufmann nor Tristan will ever die.