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Bavarian State Opera Season 16–17

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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165 × 220 mm

Year

2016

Contributors

Daniel Blaufuks, Amos Fricke among others

The season's theme is What follows: This expression suggests just as much ending as new beginning. The question as to the consequences of our own actions in an ever more complex world leaves us all too often confused and provides the subject matter for our premieres—Nikolaus Bachler
Without a cover this book has no beginning and no end. The open spine exposes its contents at first sight, leaving it vulnerable and revealed. Cracked open it shows full-bleed imagery of film stills and cinematic references with matching typography.

Posters

Opera

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A0

Year

2016–17

Season 2016–2017 is titled What follows—we all have found ourselves in a state of not knowing what’s going to happen next, but having the sneaking suspicion that a single decision could change everything.
For the posters and flags we decided to go with a very pure and straight typographic solution as a reference to movie intros—like signs reduced to the max.

Orchestra

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Year

2016

Ballet

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Year

2016

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Season Flags

Season Flags

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Year

2016

The flags on the opera building show the matching claims 2016–2017, Coming soon and What follows. A single square flag on top of the building lets you read yes or no—depending on from which side you are standing on.

Program Books

Oberon – König der Elfen

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165 x 220 mm

Year

2017

Die Gezeichneten

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Tannhäuser

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Specs

165 x 220 mm

Year

2017

The Consul

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Specs

165 x 220 mm

Year

2017

Andrea Chénier

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Specs

165 x 220 mm

Year

2017

La Favorite

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Specs

165 x 220 mm

Year

2016

This story pits the church against the state. Printed on a special shiny gold cardboard, the book’s front shows an embossed Madonna while the back frames a politician’s office. The combination of two typefaces for both headlines and text reflects the church’s opulence against the state’s reduced pragmatism.

Lady Macbeth

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Year

2016

The story of a frustrated wife that begins an affair with a farmhand ends in death and murder. The program book is one wild collage of research material, copied texts, images referring to the stage design, and bloodied dirt.

Semiramide

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Specs

165 x 220 mm

Year

2017

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Max Joseph Magazine

No. 4

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Specs

No. 4 Münchner Opernfestspielausgabe
210 x 280 mm

Year

2017

Contributors

Gabriela Herpell, Michael Haas, Rosa Rendl, Tom Holloway, Gabz, Fred Lahache

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

No. 2 Vorsicht Bumerang!
210 x 280 mm

Year

2017

Contributors

Katja Petrowskaja, Bernd Feuchtner, Adrian Samson, Frederike Hantel, Jochen Schmidt, Gwendal Le Bec

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

Flags

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Specs

Several flags and posters in different formats

Year

2017

Program Books

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Year

2017

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