JA, MAI - The Festival 2022

JA, MAI - 5/18-22 to 5/29-22

Extreme human situations are the focus of the first edition of Ja, Mai, the new festival of the Bavarian State Opera, which will perform the contemporary operas Bluthaus and Thomas by Georg Friedrich Haas and Händl Klaus. Haas' stage works revolve around deeply existential themes such as death, love, family ties and psychological trauma. With their musical theater, the composers succeed in turning our gaze to the innermost human feelings, making the pain as well as the tenderness of emotional states both empathetic and relentlessly tangible.

Ja, Mai will be dedicated to early and contemporary musical theater every May beginning with the 2021/22 season. It refers to the beginnings of musical theater in the late 16th century and links yesterday, today and tomorrow. The beginnings of opera enter into a dialogue with today's music-theatrical perspectives. The core idea of the new festival is contemporaneity, the localization of music theater in the present. At the same time, the festival traces connections between contemporary music theater and other genres and art forms such as spoken theater, visual arts and dance, and enters into partnerships with Munich's art and cultural institutions. For the first edition, the Bavarian State Opera is cooperating with the Munich Kammerspiele, the Residenztheater and the Munich Volkstheater, combining the sound worlds of Georg Friedrich Haas with music by Claudio Monteverdi.

I do not write a theater of cruelty. I write a theater of love.

- Georg Friedrich Haas 

Koma, along with Bluthaus and Thomas, is the third work in the Schwetzingen Trilogy by Georg Friedrich Haas and Händl Klaus created between 2011 and 2016, will be performed in conjunction with Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in the third edition of Ja, Mai in May 2024 in cooperation with the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Münchner Volkstheater at the new Volkstheater.



In addition to the two operas by Georg Friedrich Haas in conjunction with compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, the Ja, Maifestival combines a dense program: two concerts, a reading and a film series with four films by Händl Klaus and Georg Friedrich Haas and his music. The works are contextualized by the program and the artists themselves have their say. The festival program revolves around themes such as mourning and night, love and death, forms of relationships and structural racism. The whole festival Ja, Mai becomes a moment of contemporary music-theatrical creation and reflection on art that is current, relevant and absolutely necessary.


Film series at the Theatiner Filmtheater


Introductions: 25, 26, 28 and 29.05.22 / 30 minutes before the performance / Cuvilliés-Theater
Follow-up discussion with participants of the production: 25.5.22 / After the performance / Cuvilliés-Theater

Introductions: 25, 27 and 29.05.22 / 60 minutes before the performance / Birdie

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Tickets for JA, MAI - The Festival 2022

Written advance orders will be processed beginning March 21, 2022.
Tickets can be purchased online from April 21, 2022 via our schedule or below in the program via the ticket links. In addition, our box office and call center are at your service:

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