Season Premieres

Season 2013/2014

September

Sweeney Todd

Premier on 11.09.2013

After many years of exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to his home town of London, in order to take bloody revenge on his tormentor, Judge Turpin. When Turpin escapes him, Todd in his rage becomes a mass murderer, slitting his customers’ throats. His accomplice, the pie maker Mrs. Lovett, makes meat pies out of his victims. The multi-award winning "musical thriller" by Stephen Sondheim, first performed in 1978, was made into a film starring Johnny Depp in 2007.

In German language
Recommended for age 12 or older

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October

Märchenwelt Ballett

Premier on 19.10.2013

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November

Il trovatore

Premier on 16.11.2013

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, the Volksoper is including a classic in its programme: in the early 1850s, "Il trovatore", together with "Rigoletto" and "La Traviata" set the scene for Verdi’s worldwide success. The action centres on two brothers who have become unaware of the fact that they are related. The troubadour Manrico thinks he is the son of the gypsy Azucena, who is obsessed by the idea of revenging the death of her child.

In Italian language with German surtitles

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December

Eine Nacht in Venedig

Premier on 14.12.2013

The plot of this operetta by Johann Strauss is as full of twists and turns as the city of Venice itself, and centres on the Duke of Urbino, a notorious womaniser, and his personal barber Caramello, who assists him in all his amorous exploits. In the meantime the ladies, including Caramello’s fiancée Annina, are also pursuing their own interests. By the end, all the couples are properly (re)united, and all the confusion is blamed on the Carnival, so that the operetta may have a happy ending.

With English surtitles

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December

Antonia und der Reißteufel

Since the Little Devil's heart has been possessed by the ugly time-eater, he has had to draw his energy from the stolen voices of children. But Antonia does not want to sing for him! And when his great aunt, the "Urstrumpftante", returns to knit the all-knowing Great Sock, the Little Devil's life is thrown seriously into disarray ....

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January

Guys and Dolls

"The quintessential Broadway Musical" Frank Loesser's most significant work, celebrates its premiere at the Volksoper: Two "impossible" love stories are set in the world of New York's small gangsters: Will Sky Masterson, betting virtuoso, manage to win over the respectable Sarah from the Salvation Army? And will the dice-impresario Nathan wed his long-term fiancée, the nightclub singer Adelaide?

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February

Albert Herring

Premier on 15.02.2014

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, the Volksoper is showing his comic opera "Albert Herring". The local dignitaries of a small English town are concerned about a decline in morals and decide to reintroduce an old custom: an outstandingly virtuous maiden is to be crowned May Queen. But there are no maidens who meet their requirements, and so the title is given to Albert Herring, the greengrocer’s son. However, it only becomes apparent after his crowning as MayKing that his virtuousness is rather more due to a lack of opportunity.

In German language with German surtitles

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February

Turandot

Turandot gives each suitor who tries to win her hand three riddles to solve. So far, none have been able to solve them, and have paid with their lives. But Prince Calaf passes the tests and ultimately wins Turandots heart. 80 years after the debut performance the opera was put on stage imaginative and magnificently
colourful by Renaud Doucet and André Barbe for the first time at the Volksoper..



In Italian language with German surtitles

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March

Gräfin Mariza

Premier on 22.03.2014

Kálmán’s "Countess Mariza" is a love story set against the background of the economic crisis. The impoverished Count Tassilo has entered the service of Countess Mariza, who is surrounded by a host of
admirers, as her estate manager. Their burgeoning love is disrupted by the arrival of Tassilo’s sister Lisa, who is mistaken for his lover. But Lisa finds happiness with the charming Baron Koloman Zsupán and Tassilo’s Aunt Bozena intervenes to make sure that there is a happy ending for the operetta’s hero and heroine.

With English surtitles (except premiere)

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April

Ein Reigen

Premier on 29.04.2014

Against the backdrop of Arthur Schnitzler’s drama "La Ronde", the creators of this ballet (choreographer Ashley Page and designer Antony McDonald) evoke the almost explosive creativity which characterised Vienna in the years between 1900 and 1914. Based on real personalities, this ballet brings both the light and the dark sides of this period to the stage, portraying individual characters and shedding light on the relationships between them. Compositions which arose from this extraordinarily ric h artistic period provide the musical basis for the ballet.

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May

Fidelio

Premier on 25.05.2014

A woman disguises herself as a man to look for her husband, who is a political prisoner languishing in a state dungeon. After his joyful release, Leonore’s fidelity to Florestan is celebrated in a song of praise idealising marital love. Did Beethoven choose the ideal of faithful love between man and wife as a lifeline after the political utopias of his time had given rise to a terrible reality?

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June

Feuersnot

Premier on 14.06.2014

The mayor’s daughter Diemut has rebuffed Kunrad’s advances. In revenge, Kunrad puts out all the fires in the city; they can only be relit by a hot-blooded maiden. Diemut’s night of passion with Kunrad (masterfully
described by the orchestra) brings light back to the city. Richard Strauss' second musical work for the theatre has already appeared twice at the Volksoper (in 1912 and 1964) and this third production is a concert performance.

Concert performance in german language

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Season 2014/2015

October

Onkel Präsident

Premier on 11.10.2014

Friedrich Cerha based his musical farce "Onkel Präsident” on Molnàr’s stage show “One, Two, Three,” which was made into a film by Billy Wilder in 1961. The president, an all-powerful boss of a steel company, pulls strings in order to fabricate a presentable husband for the heiress Melody Moneymaker. He transforms the bicycle messenger Pepi Powolny into a top manager of noble rank.

In German language
A coproduction with the Staatstheater at Gärtnerplatz, Munich.

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November

Mozart à deux / Don Juan

Premier on 16.11.2014

The works of choreographer Thierry Malandain will be showcased at the Volksoper for the first time with “Mozart à 2” and “Don Juan”. Both works are connected by the common theme of relationships.Whilst the first piece is of a gentle and sensitive nature, passions boil over considerably more in the second piece.

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December

Der Zauberer von Oz

Premier on 04.12.2014

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Lyman Frank Baum is America’s most famous fairy tale which attained worldwide cult status through the screen adaptation starring Judy Garland (1939). Its best-known song “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg was awarded an Oscar in 1940. The stage version of this masterpiece, as originally developed in 1987 for the Royal Shakespeare Company, will be making its first appearance at the Volksoper.

In German language

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January

Viva la Mamma

Premier on 17.01.2015

An ensemble is preparing for an opera premiere in a provincial theatre. The resolute mother of the seconda donna bursts into the company’s usual state of chaos and ends up treading the boards of the stage herself. The title role of Donizetti’s comedy about do’s and don’ts offers a famous part for a bass. The star tenor Rolando Villazon will give his directorial debut for this new Volksoper production.

In German and Italian language

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February

Pariser Leben

Premier on 21.02.2015

Jacques Offenbach produced one of his greatest masterpieces in 1866 with “La vie parisienne.” A Swedish married couple, Baron and Baroness Gondermark, want to explore the French capital as tourists. Whilst he’s in the mood for gallant adventures, she would rather go to the theatre. The Parisian man-about-town Gardefeu falls in love with the Baroness and spares neither cost nor effort in winning her affections and showing the visitors in his own way how life in Paris ought to be lived.

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March

Hello, Dolly!

One of the biggest musical hits of recent years, Josef E. Köpplinger’s staging of “Hello, Dolly!” will be making a welcome return to the Volksoper repertoire. Sigrid Hauser (Dolly) and Robert Meyer (Vandergelder) will once again prove that Jerry Herrman’s musical has lost none of its charm more than 50 years after its first performance.

In German language

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April

Giselle Rouge

Premier on 12.04.2015

“Giselle Rouge” – a tense whirlwind of dance shaped by the unmistakable hand of choreographer Boris Eifman – contains all the ingredients of a true “blockbuster:” revolution, love, passion and madness blend into a collage presented with virtuosic dancing of the highest level. Goosebumps guaranteed!

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April

La Bohème

Puccini’s opera tells the tragic love story of Mimì and Rodolphe against the backdrop of the colourful milieu of Parisian artists, students, seamstresses and prostitutes. “I don’t know of anyone who has depicted Paris in this era as well as Puccini in La Bohème,” raved Claude Debussy. The Volksoper will be reviving Harry Kupfer’s spectacular production from the year 1984.

In German language with German surtitles

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May

Così fan tutte

Premier on 15.05.2015

Abetted by the philosopher Don Alfonso, Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to put the loyalty of their respective fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi to the test. In their “School for Lovers”, Mozart and Da Ponte let the four lovers in question undergo and endure all aspects of love. By the end they come to recognise that love is not a matter of “one size fits all.”

In German language with German surtitles

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June

Junge Talente des Wiener Staatsballetts II

Premier on 02.06.2015

Recognizing the talent of dancers and providing them with the appropriate encouragement is a priority for any ballet company. This evening gives the exceptionally gifted younger dancers the opportunity to try out roles which they have so far not had the chance to perform within the current repertoire. The works may be classical or contemporary, or pieces especially created for this occasion.

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