1st Munich Biennale 1988
May 27 – June 23
- Bremer Freiheit
- Der letzte Milkaner
- Der Trojanische Frieden
- Fünf kleine Opern (Wachsfigurenkabinett)
- La Sirenetta
- Leyla und Medjnun
Hans Werner Henze, Lord Mayor Georg Kronawitter and Jürgen Kolbe, Cultural Officer of the City of Munich, agree to found the Munich Biennale as an international festival of new music theater.
The plans call for world premieres, which as a rule will be the debut of young composers' works in music theater.
The accompanying program will include concerts, discussions with the composers, and symposiums.
The first four festivals concentrate on opera compositions based on material from modern and traditional international literature.
The First Munich Biennale establishes precedents. Five operas, which have been performed over sixty times since this Biennale. In addition there are dance theatre performances, concerts, symposiums, and an analysis of the musical genius loci. This is the concept for all of the subsequent Biennale festivals.