If you’re hoping to go to the Munich Opera Festival or the Salzburg Festival and don’t have your tickets yet, some important dates are coming up. Tickets not sold in the written order presale will go on sale tomorrow (March 24) at 10:00 sharp German time for Munich and on March 30 for Salzburg (exact time not specified but it might be 8:30 or 9:30, when the physical box offices open?). If you’re in North America, be aware that Daylight Savings Time hasn’t started yet in Europe, so tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Germany means 5 a.m. in New York (urrrrgh). Their clocks, however, change this weekend, so 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 30 in Salzburg will be 3:30 a.m. in New York, making it even more fun. Got it?
Munich’s Ring and Salzburg’s Bohème sold clean out in presale–the dual operatic gods Wagner and Anna Netrebko do that–, but if you’re fast you might be able to nab one of the few remaining tickets to some other popular events. Munich authority Rossignol advises to be particularly quick on the warhorses, considering the Bay Staats is light in this department this summer and demand will surely be high.
Remember, neither of these festivals reserve any day tickets, not even standing–everything is going out there now. But in my experience, a few tickets for Munich productions almost always pop up on the box office website a few days before the performance (even when the opera house’s website lists an event as sold out), but only in the most expensive price categories. And you can always stop by the ticket office in Salzburg and see what they can do for you. Or show up a half hour early to mix with the Kartenbörse hoards that congregate on the portico in Munich and in the pedestrian zone in Salzburg, bring some cash, and do your best. The Bayerische Staatsoper also has an online forum where some people sell or trade tickets, including the odd Salzburg ticket as well.
Of course, not all events sell out well in advance. Some chamber music and drama at Salzburg and ballet in Munich are readily accessible. So if you aren’t picky you’ll be able to get something, but don’t expect a whole lot of choice.
I had my shit together for once and got everything I ordered. (*looks very smug* Everyone else I know who applied for the Munich Ring got turned down but I got cycle B.) But I was stupid and didn’t order Traviata or the Calleja-Gheorghiu Bohème in Munich, so I’ll be scrambling very early tomorrow morning with the rest of y’all.
Bonus: Public booking for the summer season at the Royal Opera House, whose website’s Waiting Room has to be the single most annoying element of online opera ticket sales, begins on 10 April. (*looks even more smug* Some of us have already sorted our tickets for that one too.)