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
Premier on 19.10.2013
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
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
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 ....
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?
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
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
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)
Premier on 29.04.2014
Against the backdrop of Arthur Schnitzlers 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.
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?
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