One of the oldest celebrations of musical theatre, the Munich Opera Festival dates back more than 130 years; it's programme features the best works staged at the Munich Opera during the recent theatre seasons as well as a number of premieres, the new productions being staged especially for the Munich Festival.
Among the other festival highlights will be an installation by the renowned artist Spencer Tunick. Tunick's new work will be entitled The Ring and in it thousands of art lovers will pose nude for the visiting artist at several venues in downtown Munich and in that way have the opportunity to become part of a work of art. Tunick's artistic installation is inspired by Richard Wagner's great opus The Ring of the Nibelung and its new production by the producer Andreas Kriegenburg which reaches its culmination on 30 June with the premiere of Gotterdammerung.
The Spencer Tunick is known for his temporary installations of hundreds and sometimes even thousands of naked human bodies against impressive backdrops in public. For the 2012 Munich Opera Festival, Tunick is designing his first large scale action in Germany. Several places in downtown Munich will provide the background for his latest art installation: "Andreas Kriegenburg primarily tells his version of The Ring of the Nibelung by means of the performers' stage and gesticulation movements in addition to their singing. This produces an interesting equivalence to Spencer Tunick's human body installations. That is why it was an obvious choice to show these two projects for the Opera Festival", says Nikolaus Bachler, Manager of the Bavarian State Opera.
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