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The Bavarian State Orchestra.

One of the oldest and most historic orchestras in the world.

The origins of the Bavarian State Orchestra can be traced back to the year 1523, when it began as the Munich Court Ensemble. In 1563 it gained its first famous musical director, Orlando di Lasso. While sacred music was initially the main focus, secular concerts and opera performances were increasingly introduced during the 17th century. The orchestra began to play regularly for operatic performances in the mid-18th century; they still constitute a mainstay of the ensemble, which today is part of the Bavarian State Opera. Early highlights were the premieres of Mozart’s operas La finta giardiniera und Idomeneo.


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The Bavarian State Orchestra.

Im Jahre 1811 wurde von den Musikern des Hoforchesters der Verein der Musikalischen Akademie gegründet, der mit den Akademiekonzerten die erste Konzertreihe Münchens ins Leben rief. Bis heute ist die Musikalische Akademie mit ihren symphonischen, kammermusikalischen und musikpädagogischen Aktivitäten ein prägender Bestandteil des Musiklebens Münchens und Bayerns.

In 1811, the musicians of the court ensemble founded the Verein der Musikalischen Akademie [Musical Academy Society]. This institution established Munich’s first concert series, the Academy Concerts. The Musical Academy is still a prominent element of musical life in Munich and Bavaria today, with a catalogue of activities spanning symphonic and chamber music performance as well as musical education.

The Bavarian State Orchestra – the name it has had since 1918 – has repeatedly confirmed its position among the top orchestras at national and international level in countless guest performances and concert tours, the most recent at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Richard Wagner is the greatest of the many outstanding composers with links to the Bavarian State Orchestra. The premiere of Tristan und Isolde took place in the Munich Opera House in 1865, conducted by Hans von Bülow. Munich was also the setting for the premieres of Wagner’s operas Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.

Many of the foremost conductors of their times have served the orchestra as principal conductor, from Richard Strauss, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch to more recent stars including Georg Solti, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano. The orchestra also had a long and close relationship with Carlos Kleiber, who was a frequent guest conductor between 1968 and 1997. Vladimir Jurowski has led the orchestra as Bavarian General Music Director since the beginning of the 2021/22 season. Serge Dorny took over the directorship of the Bavarian State Opera.

In September 2020, an annual survey of 50 international critics conducted by the magazine Opernwelt, chose the Bavarian State Orchestra as Orchestra of the Year for the seventh year running (and the ninth time overall).



Klaus Florian



Golda Schultz.

Golda Schultz studied singing at the University of Cape Town and at the Juilliard School in New York. Her repertoire includes roles such as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Musetta (La bohème), Freia (Das Rheingold), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) and Alice Ford (Falstaff). From 2011 to 2013 she was a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, and from 2014 to 2018 she was an ensemble member here. Guest appearances have taken her to Hamburg, Milan, Vienna and New York, among other places, as well as to the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals. At the Bavarian State Opera, she sang Liù (Turandot) and Agathe (Der Freischütz), among other roles. Part in the 2021/22 season: Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro).

Klaus Florian Vogt.

Klaus Florian Vogt is one of the outstanding Wagner tenors of the present day. After his professional beginnings as a horn player in the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, he was engaged at the Flensburg State Theater in 1997/98. From 1998 to 2003 he was a member of the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden, since then he has been freelancing. His repertoire includes primarily dramatic Wagner roles such as Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Stolzing and Siegmund, but also Florestan (Fidelio), Paul (Die tote Stadt) and Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann). He also sings lyric-dramatic roles such as Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Andrei (Khovanshchina), Prince (Rusalka), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Faust (La Damnation de Faust). He is a guest at all the world's great opera houses and at festivals such as the Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg Festival. Engagements have taken him to opera houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Helsinki, New York and Tokyo, among others. In 2005 he made his Japanese debut as Hoffmann in Tokyo, followed by his American debut as Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2006. 2007 saw his first appearance at La Scala in Milan, also as Lohengrin. He made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in 2006 as Matteo (Arabella) and has returned to the National Theater in Munich almost every season since.

Antonino Fogliani.

Antonino Fogliani completed his conducting studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and intensified them at the Music Academy in Siena. In 2001 he made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with Il viaggio a Reims. Conducting engagements have taken him to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Zurich Opera and the Semperoper Dresden, as well as theaters in St. Gallen, Verona, Parma, Bergamo and Oslo. In 2011 he was appointed music director of the Wildbad Festival. As a concert conductor, he has appeared with the Orchestra Nazionale dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, among others. Since the 2017/18 season, he has been engaged as 1st guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. At the Bavarian State Opera, he conducted Macbeth, Otello, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, among others, and participated in the film production Orphea in love by director Axel Ranisch, which premiered at the National Theater in September 2022. Conducting engagements at the Bavarian State Opera in the 2022/23 season: I masnadieri, Lucrezia Borgia and La Cenerentola.

Emanuel Graf.

Emanuel Graf, born in Frankfurt am Main, studied violoncello in Dresden and Weimar with Wolfgang E. Schmidt, whose assistant he became during his studies. He also attended master classes with David Geringas, Wolfgang Boettcher, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jens Peter Maintz and Ana Chumachenco. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Strings, the Kammerphilharmonie Baden-Württemberg and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra; as a soloist, he has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Musikverein in Vienna, La Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Symphony Center in Chicago, the Shanghai Symphony Hall, the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Taiyuan Shanxi Grand Theatre, among others. He was principal cellist in the International Mahler Orchestra and in the 2013/14 season at the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, as well as guest soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, HR Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since 2015, he has been engaged in the same capacity in the Bavarian State Orchestra. During his career so far he has worked with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Andris Nelsons and Kirill Petrenko.

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