Ja, Mai – the new festival 2022

A festival dedicated every spring to early and contemporary musical theatre now comes to life in the 2021/2020 season. The core concept of this new festival is contemporaneity, the placing of musical theatre in the present. At the same time, the festival traces contemporary musical theatre’s links with other genres and art forms, such as spoken theatre, the visual arts and dance. It also refers to the origins of musical theatre towards the end of the 16th century, linking yesterday, today and tomorrow with one another. The origins of opera begin a dialogue with today’s musical theatre perspectives.

Advance orders in writing will be processed from Saturday 21 March 2022.
You can purchase tickets online via our programme or at the bottom in the programme via the ticket links from Saturday 21 April 2022. Our box office is also at your disposal:
Bayerische Staatsoper Box Office
+49 89 21 85 19 20
Hours: Mon - Sat, 10 am to 7 pm

Extreme human situations are front and centre with the first edition of Ja, Mai – the new festival. The contemporary operas Bluthaus, Coma and Thomas by Georg Friedrich Haas and Händl Klaus are combined with works by Claudio Monteverdi. The trilogy produced by Haas between 2011 and 2016 revolves around the most profound existential issues, such as death, love, psychological trauma and hanging on between life and death. With his musical theatre the composer provides an insight into the deepest human emotions, and therefore allows us to experience pain just as much as the tenderness of emotional states, both emphatically and pragmatically at once: “I don’t write theatre of cruelty. I write theatre of love.”
As part of the festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper forms an association with neighbouring art and culture institutions and works, among others, together with the Residenztheater, Münchner Kammerspiele, the Münchner Volkstheater and the Münchener Kammerorchester.


Full of curiosity, Max Planck Institute researchers and Bayerisches Staatsorchester musicians look for the connections between their métiers. They come together in these themed concerts – a dialogue between two characteristics of human scientific curiosity.

This series is organized by the Bayerische Staatsoper together with the Max Planck Society – always with an extra special emphasis on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. From the 2021/2022 season the four performances will very specifically refer to the recently founded festival for contemporary musical theatre, Ja, Mai – the new festival, and present the composers performing here with chamber music works.
This season is therefore all about the music of Georg Friedrich Haas – here too in dialogue with the works of other, older composers. The presentations of scientists from various Max Planck Institute departments will present the latest results from basic research and get closer here to the themes of Haas’s operas, who, with his characters, regularly penetrates from the edges of human existence through to its centre.

The dates and event locations for all theme concerts as well as the additional festival programm will be announced here soon.