The Friends initiate all kinds of projects linked to the National Theatre and do a great deal to support music and up-and-coming musicians. We would very much welcome your help.

The new Friends’ Foyer.

Waking to new life!

There are plans to create a new and exceptional venue for opera lovers. The gloomy northern entrance hall, which until now has been largely neglected, will undergo renovation in the upcoming season and be kitted out with works of art and its own bar. A fantastic lighting design, contemporary art, ample seating and a drinks counter are set to turn the area into the perfect meeting place. This project was started and is managed by the “Friends of the National Theatre”. The walls will be adorned with a large video portrait of Kirill Petrenko alongside a series of photographic portraits of the Bavarian State Orchestra taken by the renowned artist Christoph Brech.

As a small thank you, all those who donate over 300 euros will be invited to a concert dress rehearsal with Kirill Petrenko and will of course receive a receipt to claim a tax deduction. If you donate more than 800, 1,500 or 5,000 euros, you can expect even more special and exciting surprises. Call us to find out more.

Lighting up the National Theatre

Can you make out the National Theatre at night?

The Friends of the National Theatre are joining forces with OSRAM to create a beacon of light on Max-Joseph-Platz – the National Theatre’s newly illuminated façade. The lighting will be installed during the summer recess of 2017. Besides co-funding this project, OSRAM is responsible for the design, planning and lighting technology. Our members conducted an extremely intensive fundraising campaign to secure the remaining six-figure sum required to complete the installation.

Date for your diary:
The grand ceremony to switch on the new lighting will take place on 2nd November 2017. Further details will be announced closer to the time.

The Bavarian State Opera’s Opera Studio


Since the Bavarian State Opera’s Opera Studio opened its doors, the Friends of the National Theatre have supported this world-renowned institution by sponsoring productions (2017: The Consul), with monetary donations, by organising concerts and, most recently, by providing affordable accommodation.

This is a meaningful investment in the future of the operatic stage.

Date for your diary:
Members of the Opera Studio and the Orchestra Academy will be performing the annual Passion Concert on 2nd March 2018.




Bavarian State Opera

Nowadays, the Bavarian State Opera is considered Bavaria’s “cultural flagship”, both in Germany and abroad. In recent years, it has succeeded in reinforcing and extending its ranking among the world’s leading musical theatres. The Bavarian State Opera is also home to the Bavarian State Ballet, which with its uniquely diverse repertoire has also become a company of outstanding international stature.

In the National Theatre, the Bavarian State Opera boasts one of Europe’s largest and most impressive theatre buildings.




Munich’s Prince Regent Theatre, built by Max Littmann from 1900 to 1901, is one of the most splendid art nouveau and classical theatre buildings. From 1944 to 1963, it was the Bavarian State Opera’s home. After that, a new era commenced for the theatre, which lasted until 1988. Besides hosting independent productions, it housed the Bavarian Theatre Academy, which was founded in 1993 by the state of Bavaria at the initiative of August Everding. The Academy is a unique teaching and learning theatre co-run by several universities in Munich (University of Music and Drama, Ludwig Maximilian University, University of Television and Film, Academy of Fine Arts) and the Bavarian State Theatre in Munich.