The highlight of Munich’s opera season is the Munich Opera Festival, this year running from 24 June to 31 July 2017. The festival has a long tradition and combines premieres with opera highlights staged at the National Theatre and other venues. With special open-air events, lieder recitals and new music theatre it also broadens the spectrum towards contemporary music. Two operas will premiere during the festival: Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized) by Franz Schreker and Carl Maria von Weber’s Oberon or The Elf King’s Oath The Stigmatized is a highly political drama and, for the first time since its Munich premier in 1919, it will be staged at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The opera is set in Renaissance Italy, a story revolving around a misshaped nobleman, abduction, murder and love. “