The Bavarian State Opera at the Nationaltheater on Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich is the largest opera house in Germany. It can house 2,101 spectators. The box seats are elaborately decorated with stucco, and the magnificent royal box stands in the centre. This is where Christian Loferer works, horn player in the Bavarian State Orchestra. When he plays, he allows the soul of Bavaria to rise to the fore in his music – it is a feeling that the man from the Chiemgau has carried with him since he was a boy.