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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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 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. Robert Meyer will be making his debut portraying the „Knight of the Sad Countenance.“

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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 …

With English surtitles

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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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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 Rodney 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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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.

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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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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.

In German language

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