The Bavarian State Opera is one of the historically most important opera houses in the world, having seen the world premiere of several of Richard Wagner´s key works such as Tristan and Isolde, Meistersinger, Rheingold and Walküre.
Intendant of the Bavarian State Opera, from September 2008 is Nikolaus Bachler.
New productions are generally modern and inventive, but a few traditional productions of core repertoire, such as the famous Rosenkavalier production, available on DVD with Carlos Kleiber is still running (for how long?). Directors such as Peter Konwitschny (Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal, Flying Dutchman), David Alden (Tannhäuser, Nibelungen Ring) and Christof Loy (a.o. Alcina) have frequently appeared at the Bavarian State Opera together with Martin Kusej (Macbeth, Rusalka), Richard Jones (Lohengrin), Dmitri Tcherniakov (Khovanshchina, Dialogue des Carmelites), Krysztof Warlikowski (Eugene Onegin), and lately Andreas Kriegenburg (Wozzeck, The 2012 Nibelungen Ring) to mention a few.
The orchestra is the first-rate Bayerische Staatsorchester, 2006-13 with Kent Nagano as music director to be followed in 2013 by Kirill Petrenko, succeeding Zubin Mehta as the last in a stellar line of music directors including Richard Strauss, Bruno Walter, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss, Georg Solti and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Bavarian State Opera website, including season schedule, on-line ticket sale etc.
Tickets are not excactly cheap, but relatively easy to come by and may be ordered via the Bavarian State Opera website. Standing room spaces are relatively good value and are available at the Nationaltheater (but not at Prinzregententheater), sold in advance like all other tickets.
Outline of the auditorium (all the stages), with seat categories and prices here.
The Nationaltheater (main venue) is located in the middle of the historical center of Munich, approximately 15 minutes walk from Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof). Prinzregententheater is located in a quiet suburb at the "other side" of the river, a 15-minute subway ride from the Central Station.
Below photographs from the Nationaltheater, taken during a performance of Flying Dutchman, May 2008: