Season Premieres

Anatevka

(May 2016)

At the turn of the 20th century in the Ukrainian village of Anatevka, the poor milkman Tevye lives with his wife Golde and their five daughters. Three of them are to marry, though not as their father would wish. Nevertheless, he lives his life according to tradition until the Tsar commands the relocation of the Jews, resulting in Tevye emigrating to America with his wife and two youngest daughters.

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Axel an der Himmelstür

Premier on 17.09.2016 (September 2016)

Would-be reporter Axel leads a hand-to-mouth existence and is waiting for his grand opportunity. A story about the legendary movie star Gloria Mills would grant him his breakthrough, or so he thinks. It turns out he has to come up with more ideas before he finally reaches heaven’s gate. Ralph Benatzky’s operetta had its world premiere at Theater an der Wien in 1936 and turned the young Zarah Leander into an overnight star with hits such as „Movie star, You Idol of the Century“ and „Tied Hands.“

In German language

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Cendrillon (Aschenputtel)

Premier on 13.11.2016 (November 2016)

"Cinderella" is the path of a star, a dancing star. Through this vision of Malandain, made of ashes and magic, the choreographer developed a very personal approach, exploring some themes that he holds dear.

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Das Wunder der Heliane

Premier on 28.01.2017 (January 2017)

The leading Korngold researcher Brendan G. Carroll declares "The Miracle of Heliane" to be "arguably his greatest work.” Korngold‘s music is characterised by magical expressionistic colours and his melodies by
their lyrical, Viennese quality. Monumental orchestral sounds accompany the symbolic story of the beautiful Heliane. She rejects her husband, the brutal ruler, and falls in love with the young stranger who ultimately
pays with his life.

Concert performance in German language with German surtitles

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Der Barbier von Sevilla

(January 2017)

Rossini's comic opera, which had its world premiere in 1816, was a work for which he ought to have won several prizes. A prize for speed: "... I wrote the first act in eight days, and the second in another twelve". One for courage: He was daring enough to compete with the great maestro Païsiello, whose "Barbiere di Siviglia" was a favourite with the public. This was probably the reason Rossini gave his work the new title "L'inutile precauzione". "The precaution" was, indeed, "futile" over the long term, because this fireworks of a piece full of spirited and witty musical numbers was soon to become the very definition of Italian opera buffa.

In German language

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Der Bettelstudent

Premier on 30.04.2016 (April 2016)

Krakow, 1704: the Saxon Governor, Colonel Ollendorf, has kissed the impoverished Polish Count’s daughter Laura on the shoulder and in so doing has earned himself a slap in the face. To avenge himself, he supplies the student Symon with money and a princely title in order to win Laura’s affections. Not only does Laura fall in love, but so does Symon, which was never part of the plan. By the finish, the Saxons are not only snubbed, but are well and truly ousted. The Poles’ successful uprising is heralded by gunfire.

With English surtitles (except premiere)

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Der Feuervogel / Petruschka / Movements to Stravinsky

Premier on 28.04.2017 (April 2017)

Three choreographers – all members of the Wiener Staatsballett – present their contemporary and very personal view upon some of the most important works in the history of ballet. The evening is dedicated
to the world famous Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev and the birth of modernism in the field of classical ballet.

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Der Kongress tanzt

Premier on 20.02.2016 (February 2016)

Werner Richard Heymann composed the music to film classics such as "The Three from the Filling Station", "Ninotchka" and, in the year 1931, Erik Charell’s "The Congress Dances". During the Vienna Congress of 1815, the Tsar of Russia falls for the lovely glove maker Christel. This is most convenient for the Austrian Chancellor Metternich, who hopes this new romance will distract the Tsar from state affairs. The Tsar, however, has brought along a lookalike.

With English surtitles (except premiere)

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Der Mann von La Mancha

Premier on 17.10.2015 (October 2015)

A musical classic is turning 50. "The Man of La Mancha" was premiered on Broadway on 22nd November 1965. A befuddled Spanish knight who battles against windmills as a musical hero? This gamble paid off with a record-breaking run of 2,300 performances and the piece remains popular to this day.

In German language

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Die Csárdásfürstin

(December 2015)

Scarcely any other work within the genre does so well in reflecting the spirit of doom during World War One. „This vale of tears is like a nightclub to me”… „Who knows how long the earth will keep turning…” Against this backdrop, the Reigning Prince’s son Edwin and Sylva Varescu, a variety singer beneath his
rank, battle for their love, which Edwin’s father tries to thwart …

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Die Hochzeit des Figaro

(October 2016)

In 1785, Mozart and his librettist Da Ponte turned to a revolutionary French play: Beaumarchais’s comedy "The Mad Day". The manservant Figaro and his master, Count Almaviva, become opponents when Almaviva starts pursuing Figaro’s intended bride. The explosive conflict between the nobility and the middle class is played out in the private sphere - as a struggle between the frivolous arrogance of the master and the honest feeling of the servant. "The Marriage of Figaro" has thus become a timelessmasterpiece. Marelli’s stage is an artful combination of two Baroque paintings and Dagmar Niefind‘s modernised Rococo costumes lend the production a simple elegance.

In German language with German surtitles

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Die Schneekönigin

Premier on 08.12.2015 (December 2015)

Choreographer Michael Corder’s successful and highly acclaimed full-length ballet "The Snow Queen" is based on the score of "The Stone Flower" by Sergei Prokofiev, the music newly arranged by Julian Philips. The freely-adapted story recalls Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale. The creative costumes and sets designed by Mark Bailey heighten the magical atmosphere of the ballet.

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Die Zirkusprinzessin

Premier on 09.12.2016 (December 2016)

Emmerich Kálmán‘s operetta from the year 1926 focuses on an impoverished aristocrat who keeps the whole of St. Petersburg in suspense with a spectacular equestrian act. He was formerly disinherited by
his uncle for falling in love with his bride. Now he encounters his great love Fedora again, who in the meantime has become a widow. But the machinations of Prince Sergius threaten to break their loving ties once more …

In German language

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Don Giovanni

Premier on 14.11.2015 (November 2015)

Mozart’s masterpiece "Don Giovanni" is surely one of the richest works within the operatic repertoire: both comic and tragic, ranging from ballads to cloaks-and-daggers, a moral portrait of its time and yet simultaneously a timeless piece of world theatre … The stage director Achim Freyer sees Don Giovanni
as an archetype: „the great driving force, strong and inescapable,“ bringing movement and light into our lives.

In German language with German surtitles

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Fürst Igor

Premier on 19.03.2016 (March 2016)

Borodin spent a quarter of a century working on his only opera and didn’t live to finish it. The work was completed by Alexander Glazunov. Its epic choral scenes, Polovtsian dances and finely crafted characters
– the lingering Igor, the brutal Galitsky, the power politician Konchak, the turncoats Skula and Yeroshka – made "Prince Igor" the most significant Russian national opera since "Boris Godunov".

In German language with German surtitles

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Hoffmanns Erzählungen

Premier on 15.10.2016 (October 2016)

In 1881 a fire broke out at Vienna‘s Ringtheater during a performance of "Hoffmann", and the orchestral material was later destroyed in a fire at the Parisian Opéra Comique. Was this the devil himself getting revenge for his satirical treatment in Offenbach‘s operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld"? In any case,
the devil also plays a central role in "The Tales of Hoffmann" by thwarting all of the titular hero‘s love affairs. Hoffmann‘s faithful Muse leads him back to the thing which enraptures and comforts him the most: art.

In German and French language with German surtitles
Coproduction with the Opera Bonn

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Im weißen Rössl

Premier on 06.09.2015 (September 2015)

This operetta is labelled by some as the „first German musical“ and perhaps the most enduringly successful one from the interwar period. For the first time, a reconstruction of the original version is performed. Josef E. Köpplinger’s production whisks the audience on a journey through the emotional and geographical highs and lows of the idyllic Salzkammergut landscape.

With English surtitles (except premiere)

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Kismet

Premier on 24.01.2016 (January 2016)

In 1954 it came to pass that a long-dead Russian composer received the Tony award for Best Musical. Robert Wright and George Forrest had adapted melodies by Alexander Borodin for their show Kismet, set in medieval Baghdad. The Volksoper audience is presented with this oriental fairy tale musical for the first time, starring Rod Gilfry in the main role and Rebecca Nelsen as his daughter Marsinah, just a few weeks before the premiere of "Prince Igor" – Borodin’s only opera.

In English language with German intermediate text

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La Wally

Premier on 25.03.2017 (March 2017)

Alfredo Catalani‘s opera from 1892 tells the story of a strong yet aloof woman. Wally loves the fiery Hagenbach, who remains oblivious to her affections, and she rejects the advances of the custodian Gellner. Her love of Hagenbach is obsessive to the point that it blinds her to the intrigue plotted by Gellner,
which leads to a tragic finale in the Austrian Ötztal mountains …

In German language with German surtitles

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Marie Antoinette

(May 2016)

Patrick de Bana’s ballet saw its world premiere on November 20th 2010 at the Vienna Volksoper. Now the touching story of Marie Antoinette, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of France and Navarre, returns. For the newly revised adaption of his choreography de Bana asked the composer Carlos Pino-Quintana for some additional compositions.

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The Sound of Music

(April 2016)

The lively abbey novice Maria Rainer is sent to take care of seven children in the home of the widowed Baron von Trapp. The former captain of the war navy raises his children with military discipline and is at first skeptical of Maria’s unorthodox nature. But both he and the children soon grow fond of Maria and she accompanies the Trapp family on their hazardous escape from the Nazis.

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Vivaldi - Die fünfte Jahreszeit

Premier on 03.06.2017 (June 2017)

In their new BaRock opera, the composer Christian Kolonovits and his librettist Angelika Messner tell the life story of Antonio Vivaldi, the superstar of the Baroque era. An all-girl rock band finds their idol’s diary
through which Vivaldi’s life unfolds like a colourful tapestry of truth, imagination and invention. The new opera musically combines Baroque elements with the distinct power of rock music.

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Volksoper im Kasino: Limonen aus Sizilien

Premier on 12.02.2017 (February 2017)

The Volksoper is presenting a contemporary opera at the Schwarzenberg Kasino for the first time. "Lemons from Sicily" is a work by the German composer Manfred Trojahn from 2003. The three one-act pieces, based on works by Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo, tell tales which are true to life. They are loosely connected by the motif of lemons from Sicily – symbols for homeland and origin from which there’s no escape.

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Wie man Karriere macht, ohne sich anzustrengen

Premier on 25.02.2017 (February 2017)

Seven Tony Awards and the coveted Pulitzer Prize - that was the proud haul of the “unutterable” musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", first performed in 1961. Frank Loesser created
a brilliant parody of the American Dream: a window cleaner manages to climb his way to the top floor of the company, but in no way does it have anything to do with outstanding achievements - it‘s all thanks to charm and chutzpah.

In German language
Coproduction with the State Opera Hannover

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