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The Oxford Society Munich Opera Event

An exclusive concert by the young and rising stars of the Opernstudio, 3 tours behind the scenes, and 80 Oxonians and Friends of the LSE.

On Tuesday, 26 April 2016, the Oxford Society Munich invited Oxonians, LSE alumni, as well as friends and family to an exclusive evening behind the scenes of the Bavarian State Opera (Bayrische Staatsoper).

A crowd of 80 guests made the event a most enjoyable success. Three different tours took the culturally curious opera fans not only behind the curtains but beyond and even below the stage, where orchestra and prompter do their magic during the performance. One tour also took the guests to the impressive costume workshop, where they could hear all kinds of insider stories from that part of the Opera House.

After the tours and some refreshing drinks, the wonderful voices of the young artists of the Opera Studio took us on a vocal journey from Vienna (Strauß’ Fledermaus) to Sevilla (Bizet’s Carmen) via Paris (Puccini’s La Boheme) and others. The Opera Studio is a program that promotes highly talented young artists and prepares them for an international career. And talented they were indeed.

As ever, when the party ends, the merry crowd needs not to leave. Snacks and drinks were provided to round off the evening by cheerful mingling of Oxonians, Friends of the LSE, and other acquaintances and friends. We are most grateful to Barbara Jagersberger and Nils Pfeiffer for organising this perfectly run event and of course to the Bavarian State Opera for having us.

Christmas Dinner 2015

In the first week of December 2015, the Oxford Alumni Society Munich Branch kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Dinner. The esteemed chambers of the Kaufmanns-Casino allowed a smooth transition from a sunny Munich mood to the Oxford Christmas spirit. With crackers, crowns, and mince pie, the evening was reminiscent of the Oxfordian Christmas days, only short of Winter Cidre and the many (dubious) attempts at mulled wine.

After mingling and welcoming over 70 known and new faces, we were spoiled with delicious pumpkin soup, fancy duck, and Lebkuchen ice cream in mulled-wine sauce. Yum. The great pianist Bonny Palm accompanied parts of the dinner, adding just the right cultural twist to the event. To avoid becoming too posh, however, all guests were asked to join in singing “Rudolph the red nose reindeer,” thus disclosing a great variety of singing skills amongst the members and guests.

In his traditionally short but insightful Christmas Speech, Marco enlightened us that increasing work productivity frees up time for wine consumption – perhaps one of the reasons why two of the main drivers of the Society during the last years are now officially in charge: Annemarie Grandke and Caroline Weimann. They introduced the new Alumni Committee and gave us a first taster of the many fun events planned for 2016.

After the dinner and singing joy, the bar opened and was, in true Oxford fashion, well frequented. We happily chatted and mingled until late, and all agreed that the whole evening, which was meticulously organised by Valentina Tulechov and Nils Pfeiffer, was a great success and must happen again in the Kaufmann’s Casino in 2016.