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Bavarian State Opera Season 13–14

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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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013–2014

Contributors

Mark Titchner

The season’s theme How One Becomes What One Is is a quote by Nietzsche.Together with the dates 1943–1963–2013 it stands for the opera house’s jubilee and its sensitive history. London-based artist Mr. Mark Titchner created the typographical artwork, which is combined with historical black-and-white research material.

Posters

Opera

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Year

2013–2014

Dutch illustrator Mr. Stefan Glerum created our season posters themed How One Becomes What One Is, a quote by Nietzsche. His masculine comic style illustrates each premiere’s key scene.

Orchestra

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Specs

A1

Year

2013–2014

Contributors

Till Janz, Hendrik Schneider, Daniel Swan

Photographers Mr. Till Janz and Mr. Henrik Schneider contributed 3d images of an abstract music world for the introduction of General Music Instructor Mr. Kirill Petrenko. British visual Artist Mr. Mark Titchner created the cover image.

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Season Flags

Season Flags

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Program Books

La Forza del Destino

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

The whole layout is shot through with google images on the subject of terrorism, plane crashes, hurricanes and other global catastrophes. News inspired self-made collages complete the look.

Frau ohne Schatten

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013

The cover showing Sigmund Freud’s couch is laser-cut with white tiling that refers to the stage: the opera takes place in an early 20th century sanatorium and tells a complex and deeply psychological story.

Guillaume Tell

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013–2014

This traditional swiss story is underlined with a strict black letter typeface and metallic colors next to quotes in bright red. We made collages from original research material from the costume and stage designers. While all-time bad-ass Mel Gibson fights for his rights on the cover.

Mirandolina

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013-2014

This sexy story is illustrated with erotic jungle collages and a lonely hearts ad by the Bureau.

Orfeo

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013–2014

The layout of the book is based on clustered documentary material and fragmentary images, all packed tightly and extended with annotations and highlights. Images and texts run parallel and let the reader explore Orfeo’s world.

Soldaten

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013–2014

The layout of this book shows documentary material in a black and white 60’s newspaper look. This alludes to the time composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann created this collaged and experimental plot. Together with colorful artworks on high-gloss paper this makes for a highly interesting clash of information.

Tito

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2013–2014

This classic opera about Roman Emperor Titus deserves nothing less than a stone tablet with a customized font inspired by the opera house’s own embossed gold inscriptions. The layout is strictly separated through Roman imagery.

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Max Joseph Magazine

No. 1

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Year

2013–2014

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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Year

2013–2014

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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Year

2013–2014

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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Year

2013–2014

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 Flags

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Festival Brochure

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Year

2014

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Collector's Box

Portrait Gallery

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Specs

Various Formats

Year

2013–2014

The opera house holds a portrait collection of singers, who have contributed to the history of the opera. This box includes collector cards that show these portraits with basic information on the artworks as well as a small brochure about the project.

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