Ja, Mai – 2023

The days do not know what the years teach us: After the first edition of the Ja, Mai festival recently founded by the Bayerische Staatsoper was dedicated in May 2022 to the operas Thomas and Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas and Händl Klaus and these will have been interlinked with smaller compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, in May 2023 the second edition of the festival focuses on synergies between musical theatre, dance and the visual arts and centres on the “Expectation” complex of themes. It gets to grips with themes such as waiting, the passing of time, not being able to let go in love and the different semantic dimensions of time. Two Nō theatre-inspired pieces by composer Toshio Hosokawa, Hanjo composed in 2003/2004 and Matsukaze from 2011 will be performed, as will one of the world’s earliest operas: Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, which celebrated its world premiere in Venice in 1640. With Alicja Kwade and Rirkrit Tirvanija, two visual artists have been commissioned to design the performance spaces. Along with the young, multi-award winning theatre director Christopher Rüping (invited to Berlin’s “Theatertreffen” in 2022), who directed an opera for the first time with the festival, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and director Lotte van den Berg, who have developed productions again and again in recent years, which move between dance, theatre and film and work with both professional and amateur performers, are responsible for the stage performances. Munich’s Cuvilliés-Theater, Haus der Kunst and Reithalle are planned as the performance spaces.

Written advance reservations will be processed beginning March 4, 2023.
Tickets can be purchased online from April 5, 2023 via our schedule or below in the program via the ticket links. In addition, our box office and call center are at your disposal:
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Dates 2023