Bavarian State Opera tickets 6 February 2025 - Giselle |


Bavarian State Opera, National Theatre, Munich, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Munich, Germany
Starts at: 19:30
Acts: 2
Intervals: 1
Duration: 2h 15min

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Conductor: Andrea Quinn
Ballet company: Bavarian State Ballet
Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreographer: Jean Coralli
Choreographer: Jules Perrot
Choreographer: Marius Petipa
Choreographer: Peter Wright
Poet: Heinrich Heine
Librettist: Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Librettist: Théophile Gautier

Giselle is considered to be the ultimate romantic ballet. It has come down to us in Marius Petipa's St. Petersburg version.

A seemingly idyllic rural village life by day and, parallel to this, an eerie ghostly dance at night: these two realities characterise the events on stage in Giselle. Peter Wright choreographed the production for the Munich company in 1974, following the tradition of the classical step material by Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. Peter Wright was not interested in reconstructing the original from 1841, but adapted the staging and choreography to the technique of today's dancers. The result is a Giselle that, on the one hand, is completely committed to the spirit of Romanticism and, on the other, puts the acting skills and virtuosity of classical ballet in the foreground.

Giselle is a young girl who first falls in love, then falls into madness and finally turns into a "Wili". The plot of the ballet goes back to a text by Heinrich Heine, who recounts the legend of these nocturnal elemental spirits as follows: "The Wilis are brides who have died before the wedding. The poor young creatures cannot lie quietly in their graves, in their dead hearts, in their dead feet there still remained that desire to dance which they could not satisfy in life, and at midnight they rise, gather, and woe to the young man who meets them! He must dance with them, they embrace him with unbridled frenzy, and he dances with them, without rest or repose, until he falls down dead."

Based on the originals by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa

Premiere of this production: 28 June 1841, Salle Le Peletier, Paris, France

Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts. It was first performed by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, France on 28 June 1841, with Italian ballerina Carlotta Grisi as Giselle. The ballet was an unqualified triumph. Giselle became hugely popular and was staged at once across Europe, Russia, and the United States. The traditional choreography that has been passed down to the present day derives primarily from the revivals staged by Marius Petipa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg.



Act 1

Duke Albrecht comes from his castle to a village where he hides his cloak and sword in a hut in order to conceal his aristocratic origins. He has fallen in love with Giselle, a wine grower girl who thinks he is a farm boy named Loys.

Giselle's mother Berthe is suspicious and hopes that her daughter will marry the forester Hilarion, who genuinely loves Giselle. Hilarion steps between Giselle and Albrecht, reminds Giselle that she has been promised to him and warns her about Loys. However, Giselle trusts Loys (Albrecht) and does not want to hear about Hilarion's allegations, although she knows that her mother also has a strong dislike for Loys. Happy Giselle goes to the harvest festival.

Hunting horns sound in the distance. Wilfried, Albrecht's confidante, rushes over and warns the Duke of the approaching hunting party. Hilarion watches the two of them and when they have moved away, he enters the hut, discovers cloak and sword and realizes that Loys is a nobleman. The hunting party appears, with the Duke of Courland and his daughter Bathilde in their midst. Both are currently staying at Albrecht's Castle, where the wedding preparations are being made, because Bathilde is engaged to Albrecht. A little tired from the hunt, they ask Berthe for some refreshment. Giselle dances for Bathilde and, enraptured by the peasant girl's grace, gives Bathilde a necklace. Berthe asks the guests into the house. The Duke of Courland hangs his hunting horn on the door frame. Hilarion compares the coats of arms on the Duke's horn and Albrecht's sword and now recognizes Albrecht's true identity. At the height of the harvest festival, Hilarion exposes Loys in front of everyone present. At first Giselle does not want to believe Hilarion, but when Bathilde introduces Albrecht as her fiancé, Giselle suffers a shock. In a state of mental derangement, she once again lived through her love for Albrecht as a dance, grabbed his sword and stabbed herself.

Act 2

Hilarion keeps wake at Giselle's grave, which is on unconsecrated ground in the forest near a lake. It is twelve midnight, the hour of the Wilis, the ghosts of those young girls who were abandoned by their betrothed while they were alive and who died before the wedding. Now they are taking revenge on all men who get lost in their nocturnal realm. The men are forced by them to dance themselves to death. Myrtha, her strict queen, appears and calls the Wilis. Then Giselle is called from her grave to be consecrated as the new Wilis. Albrecht enters the clearing, lays flowers on Giselle's grave and has a vision of Giselle. The Wilis chase Hilarion and force him to dance to exhaustion. Hilarion falls into the lake and drowns. Your next victim is Albrecht. Giselle tries To bring Albrecht into the protection area of ​​her grave cross, but Myrtha's power is greater. Albrecht has to dance. Giselle stands by him and wants to keep him alive until sunrise, but Albrecht's strength diminishes from hour to hour. When he already feels lost, morning finally dawns. The power of the Wilis is extinguished. The ghost girls are disappearing. Albrecht is saved. Giselle says goodbye to him. Albrecht remains alone in despair. Giselle says goodbye to him. Albrecht remains alone in despair. Giselle says goodbye to him. Albrecht remains alone in despair.

Act I

The ballet opens on a sunny autumnal morning in the Rhineland during the Middle Ages. The grape harvest is in progress. Duke Albrecht of Silesia, a young nobleman, has fallen in love with a shy, beautiful peasant girl, Giselle, despite being betrothed to Bathilde, the daughter of the Duke of Courland. Albrecht disguises himself as a humble villager called "Loys" in order to court the enchanting and innocent Giselle, who knows nothing of his true identity. With the help of his squire, Albrecht hides his fine attire, hunting horn, and sword before coaxing Giselle out of her house to romance her as the harvest festivities begin.

Hilarion, a local gamekeeper, is also in love with Giselle and is highly suspicious of the newcomer who has won Giselle's affections. He tries to convince the naive Giselle that her beau cannot be trusted, but she ignores his warnings. Giselle's mother, Berthe, is very protective of her daughter, as Giselle has a weak heart that leaves her in delicate health. She discourages a relationship between Giselle and Loys, thinking Hilarion would be a better match, and disapproves of Giselle's fondness for dancing, due to the strain on her heart.

A party of noblemen seeking refreshment following the rigors of the hunt arrive in the village, Albrecht's betrothed, Bathilde, among them. Albrecht hurries away, knowing he would be recognized and greeted by Bathilde, exposing him as a nobleman. The villagers welcome the party, offer them drinks, and perform several dances. Bathilde is charmed with Giselle's sweet and demure nature, not knowing of her relationship with Albrecht. Giselle is honored when the beautiful and regal stranger offers her a necklace as a gift before the group of nobles depart.

The villagers continue the harvest festivities, and Albrecht emerges again to dance with Giselle, who is named the Harvest Queen. Hilarion interrupts the festivities. He has discovered Albrecht's finely made sword and presents it as proof that the lovesick peasant boy is really a nobleman who is promised to another woman. Using Albrecht's hunting horn, Hilarion calls back the party of noblemen. Albrecht has no time to hide and has no choice but to greet Bathilde as his betrothed. All are shocked by the revelation, but none more than Giselle, who becomes inconsolable when faced with her lover's deception. Knowing that they can never be together, Giselle flies into a mad fit of grief in which all the tender moments she shared with "Loys" flash before her eyes. She begins to dance wildly and erratically, ultimately causing her weak heart to give out. She collapses before dying in Albrecht's arms. Hilarion and Albrecht turn on each other in rage before Albrecht flees the scene in misery. The curtain closes as Berthe weeps over her daughter's body.

In the original version, taken up again recently by a production of the ROB, Giselle stabs herself with Albrecht's sword, which explains why her body is laid to rest in the forest, in unhallowed ground, where the Wilis have the power to summon her. Most modern versions are sanitized and have edited out the suicide.

Act II

Late at night, Hilarion mourns at Giselle's forest grave, but is frightened away by the arrival of the Wilis, the ghostly spirits of maidens betrayed by their lovers. Many Wili were abandoned on their wedding days, and all died of broken hearts. The Wilis, led by their merciless queen Myrtha, dance and haunt the forest at night to exact their revenge on any man they encounter, regardless of who he may be, forcing their victims to dance until they die of exhaustion.

Myrtha and the Wilis rouse Giselle's spirit from her grave and induct her into their clan before disappearing into the forest. Albrecht arrives to lay flowers on Giselle's grave and he weeps with guilt over her death. Giselle's spirit appears and Albrecht begs her forgiveness. Giselle, her love undiminished unlike her vengeful sisters, gently forgives him. She disappears to join the rest of the Wilis and Albrecht desperately follows her.

Meanwhile, the Wilis have cornered a terrified Hilarion. They use their magic to force him to dance until he is nearly dead, and then drown him in a nearby lake. Then they spy Albrecht, and turn on him, sentencing him to death as well. He pleads to Myrtha for his life, but she coldly refuses. Giselle's pleas are also dismissed and Albrecht is forced to dance until sunrise. However, the power of Giselle's love counters the Wilis' magic and spares his life. The other spirits return to their graves at daybreak, but Giselle has broken through the chains of hatred and vengeance that control the Wilis, and is thus released from their powers and will haunt the forest no longer. After bidding a tender farewell to Albrecht, Giselle returns to her grave to rest in peace.

Venue Info

Bavarian State Opera - Munich
Location   Max-Joseph-Platz 2

The Bavarian State Opera or the National Theatre (Nationaltheater) on Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich, Germany, is a historic opera house and the main theatre of Munich, home of the Bavarian State Opera, Bavarian State Orchestra, and the Bavarian State Ballet.

During its early years, the National Theatre saw the premières of a significant number of operas, including many by German composers. These included Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868), Das Rheingold (1869) and Die Walküre (1870), after which Wagner chose to build the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth and held further premières of his works there.

During the latter part of the 19th century, it was Richard Strauss who would make his mark on the theatre in the city in which he was born in 1864. After accepting the position of conductor for a short time, Strauss returned to the theatre to become principal conductor from 1894 to 1898. In the pre-War period, his Friedenstag (1938) and Capriccio were premièred in Munich. In the post-War period, the house has seen significant productions and many world premieres.

First theatre – 1818 to 1823
The first theatre was commissioned in 1810 by King Maximilian I of Bavaria because the nearby Cuvilliés Theatre had too little space. It was designed by Karl von Fischer, with the 1782 Odéon in Paris as architectural precedent. Construction began on 26 October 1811 but was interrupted in 1813 by financing problems. In 1817 a fire occurred in the unfinished building.

The new theatre finally opened on 12 October 1818 with a performance of Die Weihe by Ferdinand Fränzl, but was soon destroyed by another fire on 14 January 1823; the stage décor caught fire during a performance of Die beyden Füchse by Étienne Méhul and the fire could not be put out because the water supply was frozen. Coincidentally the Paris Odéon itself burnt down in 1818.

Second theatre – 1825 to 1943
Designed by Leo von Klenze, the second theatre incorporated Neo-Grec features in its portico and triangular pediment and an entrance supported by Corinthian columns. In 1925 it was modified to create an enlarged stage area with updated equipment. The building was gutted in an air raid on the night of 3 October 1943.

Third theatre – 1963 to present
The third and present theatre (1963) recreates Karl von Fischer's original neo-classical design, though on a slightly larger, 2,100-seat scale. The magnificent royal box is the center of the interior rondel, decorated with two large caryatids. The new stage covers 2,500 square meters (3,000 sq yd), and is thus the world's third largest, after the Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Grand Theatre, Warsaw.

Through the consistent use of wood as a building material, the auditorium has excellent acoustics. Architect Gerhard Moritz Graubner closely preserved the original look of the foyer and main staircase. It opened on 21 November 1963 with an invitation-only performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten under the baton of Joseph Keilberth. Two nights later came the first public performance, of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, again under Keilberth.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Munich, Germany
Starts at: 19:30
Acts: 2
Intervals: 1
Duration: 2h 15min
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