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Bavarian State Opera Season 15–16

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

Miscellaneous

Year

2015–2016

Contributors

Jorinde Voigt

Season 2015–2016’s theme is Vermessen, a term with different meanings for measured. German artist Ms. Jorinde Voigt translates music into paintings. Her images are combined with tiled black-and-white archive images around the different meanings of Vermessen. Gold is printed on the cover with cold foil and overprinted with black.

Posters

Opera

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Specs

A0

Year

2015–2016

Contributors

Jorinde Voigt

Ballet

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Specs

A0

Year

2015–2016

This series of season posters shows all information in the same font size for each production. One representative image always pushes the text out of its grid and creates a recognizable layout system.

Orchestra

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Specs

A0

Year

2015–2016

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Season Flags

Flags

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Year

2015–2016

Season 2015–2016’s theme is Vermessen, a German term with different meanings. Technically, it means measured. For the season flags we measured the dimension of the flag itself, the dates of the premieres, the height and the coordinates of the building, all set in plain numbers.

Program Books

Albert Herring

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

The stage shows a grey, desolate village and its anxious inhabitants. The cover’s material has the look and feel of a concrete ground, the imagery and layout show oppression searching for escape.

Der Feurige Engel

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2015

The concept was to create something akin to a hotel guest book with an extravagant yet fashionable appeal; a visual reference to the upsetting and sexual content of the opera. We designed a logo for the title in German and Russian as if it were that of a hotel, hovering just above the title of the book is a key in a very phallic position. The logo is embossed in gold on special bright blue cardboard. The inside reveals a fleshy pink. Fictional international luxury hotel letterheads with hand-written messages were placed throughout the book and Mr. Juergen Teller’s images introduce the story. A bookmark in form of a Don’t disturb sign completed the project.

Les Indes Galantes

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

This program book is an exercise book. One in which its owner has documented, overanalyzed and rewritten a lifelong learning process while exploring exotic cultures, habits, and religions. Neon splotches throughout the book imitate text markings or post-its.

La Juive

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

The cover refers to the stage—a dark and massive concrete wall. The thick cardboard underwent a special manufacturing process and was silkscreened. All collages within the book were put together by the nimble hands at the Bureau by compiling and mashing historical, medieval, and stage visuals.

Mefistofele

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

This book has 7 hand-drawn gothic covers on silkscreened black cardboard. Turn them around endlessly along the wire-o and you will find no beginning and no ending, like an endless dark spiral…

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

Contributors

Martin Fengel

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner premiered in Munich, so it was quite the big deal that this reproduction was to take place in our city once again. For this book we commissioned Munich-based photographer Mr. Martin Fengel to take pictures of singers throughout Munich—choirs, street singers, opera singers, bands, vocal children, random people—anyone—as long as they sung. This odd variety is held together by a linen-bound hardcover with an embossed photo on front and silkscreen print on the back.

South Pole

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220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

South Pole was a world premiere: a double opera in two parts by Miroslav Srnka, telling the story of Scott and Amundsen in their race to be the first to discover the South Pole. The concept of the book refers to the landscape – snow and ice in all its shades of white. The stage is split into two, held together by a big black X referring to the final destination: South Pole. An X, silkscreened in white on white, emblazons the cover and makes a recurring appearance from chapter to chapter, slowly fading as the book progresses. 
Fold-out images on bible paper join at the middle section of the book, and a poster highlights Srnka’s notations and a map outlining the routes of the two teams.

Un Ballo in Maschera

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Specs

220 × 165 mm

Year

2016

An optical illusion on high-gloss paper determine this book’s design. 20th century fonts and imagery complete the production’s vertigo-related content, all straight in black-and-white.

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Max Joseph Magazine

No. 1

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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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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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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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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 Installation

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Year

2016

The house was covered in white flags to embrace open-mindedness and express a general message of peace. Artist-duo Luftwerk placed large mirrored sculptures around Max-Joseph-Platz as a type of morse code, while artist Jorinde Voigt contributed the dynamic imagery for the Festival Workshop.

Festival Brochure

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Year

2016

Festival Flyer

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