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Bavarian State Opera Season 12–13

With over 350 years on its back, the Bavarian State Opera is one of the leading opera houses in the world and since Nikolaus Bachler took over the general management of the opera in 2009, one of our biggest clients. Situated on the Max Joseph Platz, next to high-street shops and a skip away from the Marienplatz, the opera is one of Munich’s main attractions. Its imposing architecture houses the Opera, the Bavarian State Ballet, and the Bavarian State Orchestra. Since 2013 Mr. Kirill Petrenko has held the tune as General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, while the Russian Mr. Igor Zelensky joined as Ballet Director for the 2016-2017 season.
Mirko’s personal inspiration in taking on the task of corporate design for such a large cultural institution were the works of Pierre Mendell.
Mendell was my greatest idol in terms of poster design and pure graphics. He was always able to tell entire stories with only a few elements.
The Posters for the Bavarian State Opera have always been collectors items by opera and design devotees alike. Each season a new subject marks the overall theme of our design work. In close collaboration with the opera, content and visuals are shaped by tailor-made contributions from international artists, photographers, and illustrators. With the coming of each new opera season, a poster campaign rolls out, along with the matching program book and a new issue of the opera’s magazine Max Joseph. And when its time for Munich’s opera festival installations crop up throughout the city and even on and around the opera house itself.

Season Guide

Season Guide

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Year

2012

Posters

Opera

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Specs

A0

Year

2012

Contributors

Craig & Karl

The season during the Verdi year deals with the overall topic „vox populi“, meaning the voice of the people. We visualized the idea of populism in the style of an art movement that appeals to the masses like no other: by using typical mediums of pop art. Artist-duo Craig & Karl created these bright and colorful pop illustrations.

Ballet

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A0

Year

2002

We created detached colored cutouts of the dancing Ballett Ensemble members on a black background so the viewer had the illusion of dancers floating through the dark.

Orchestra

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Specs

A0

Year

2012

Contributors

Craig & Karl

This season examined the overall theme of „vox populi“, meaning the voice of the people. We visualized the idea of populism in the form of an art movement that appeals to the masses like no other: pop art. Artist-duo Craig & Karl created these bright and colorful pop illustrations.

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Season Flags

Season Flags

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Program Books

Babylon

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2012–2013

This pre-ancient Mesopotamian story has four different covers and maps we designed together with the opera. They lead the viewer to Babylon’s confusing world alongside printed foils that guide the way to the underworld.

Elegie

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2012–2013

Contributors

"Boccanegra": Film Stills from "Shirley—Visions of Reality" by Gustav

Boris Godunow

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2012–2013

Contributors

Milos Bicanski, Boris Mikhailov, Alejandro Maestre Gasteazi

Mussorgsky’s interest was of mass psychology. That’s why in Boris Godunow the chanting, starving, claiming, and questioning Russian public takes over the leading part. Politically motivated, brutal, and honest images along with a wrapped collage poster support this idea of liberty and radicalness.

Hänsel und Gretel

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Our inspiration for this book was a baking sheet, so we actually covered the metallic top with baking paper that lets the title shine through. A special photoshoot with kids and cakes illustrates this classic children’s story.

Il Trovatore

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2012–2013

The shiny cover seems like a mirror. Every second inside double page of this dark Verdi opera is covered in varnish to keep the glossy, reflective, superficial look. Black-On-Black type pages support the dark and gloomy atmosphere.

Rigoletto

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2012–2013

Contributors

Beni Haslimeier, Terri Weifenbach

Varnished black drops give the association and feel of oil running down of this verdi opera’s cover. The story about a king’s jester and his destiny is illustrated with self-made typographic images.

Simon Boccanegra

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2012–2013

Film stills of lonely and isolated people are combined with glitch imagery to support this dark and melancholic Verdi opera with its brutal scenes.

Written on Skin

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165 × 220 mm

Year

2012-2013

Written on Skin – this book design is all about skin and softness. Skin-toned lining and related imagery lies next to poetic texts. The title and content can be separated to serve as a bookmark.

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Max Joseph Magazine

No. 1

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2012

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

No. 2

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2012

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

No. 3

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2013

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

No. 4

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2013

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

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Festival

Festival Brochure

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Specs

A6

Year

2012–2013

Contributors

Craig & Karl

München

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Website

Website

Year

2012