First built in the old city at Salvator Platz Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered Idomeneo there in 1781 the Bavarian State Opera moved in the early 19th century into the Munich Residenz.
A neoclassical building, commissioned by King Maximilian I of Bavaria and designed by Karl von Fischer, it was destroyed by fire in 1823 and again reduced to dust during the Second World War. Yet this first jewel of the works of Richard Wagner, thanks to Ludwig II, the King of Bavaria, never ceases to be reborn from its ashes.
Succeeding Kent Nagano, the music director since 2013 has been the great Russian conductor and pianist Kirill Petrenko. The opera company focuses mainly on German operas and ballet but also presents numerous world premieres.
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