Season Repertoire

Albert Herring

by Benjamin Britten (March 2015)

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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Carmen

by Georges Bizet (January 2015)

According to the beautiful and tempestuous Carmen, love is a rebellious bird, here today and gone tomorrow. Don José, loved by the peasant girl Micaëla, is bewitched by Carmen and although she temporarily encourages his advances, she soon becomes bored by him. While attending the bull fight of the triumphant Escamillo, the half-crazed Don José accosts Carmen and stabs her to death. A perennial favourite, the opera "Carmen" is Bizet's undisputed masterpiece.

In German language

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Carmina Burana

by András Lukács, Vesna Orlic, Boris Nebyla (March 2015)

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Così fan tutte

Premiere by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (May 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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Der Zauberer von Oz

(December 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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Die Fledermaus

by Johann Strauß (September 2014)

This quintessential Viennese operetta deserves to be enjoyed throughout the year, and not just on New Year's Eve. Eisenstein evades a summons to serve a brief prison sentence by accepting Falke's invitation to Prince Orlowsky's party. His wife's former beau Alfred is escorted to jail in his place, having been mistakenly identified as Eisenstein. At the party everyone plays an assumed part, and later must share in the quilt of deception. A drunken prison guard, a stolen watch ... somehow everything is worked out in the end and the operetta's motto "Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, was doch nicht zu ändern ist" ("happy are they who forget what can't be changed") rings true.

In German language with English surtitles

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Die Hochzeit des Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (February 2015)

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.

In German language with German surtitles

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Die lustige Witwe

by Franz Lehár (January 2015)

As the year 1905 came to an end, "The Merry Widow" celebrated its world premiere and thereafter proceeded to win over audiences all over the world. The love story of Hanna Glawari and Danilo Danilowitsch has never gone out of fashion. Marco Arturo Marelli, whose international career began at the
Volksoper in 1987 with Mozart’s "Così fan tutte", returned to our opera house in his tried and tested combined role as director and designer, staging an operetta for the first time.

With English surtitles

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Die Zauberflöte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (September 2014)

Mozart's penultimate opera, and a fairy-tale work that remains popular with young and old alike. The prince Tamino, with the aid of a magic flute and the bird catcher Papageno as his guide, finds the Temple of Isis where Pamina, the woman he loves but has never met, resides. Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, together with Tamino, undergo tests to prove their virtue and constancy and good triumphs over evil through the power of love.

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Ein Reigen

(January 2015)

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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Eine Nacht in Venedig

by Johann Strauß (September 2014)

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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Fidelio

by Ludwig van Beethoven (March 2015)

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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Figaro trifft Fidelio

(November 2014)

A recital with Sebastian Holecek.

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Frau Luna

by Paul Lincke (October 2014)

In Paul Lincke’s Berlin operetta, three young men from Berlin - Steppke, Lämmermeier and Pannecke - travel to the moon in a "moonship". Frau Luna, the Lady of the Moon, is delighted to see them. At last something is happening in her boring realm - the last visitor was the earth-émigré Theophil, years ago. Back in Berlin, Theophil is missed by Frau Pusebach, who happens to have come along on the present trip to the moon. Frau Luna is interested in Steppke, but that does not please her long-termadmirer Prince Sternschnuppe. Earth and Moon suddenly get dangerously close - in matters of feeling and in other ways too ...

With English surtitles

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Giselle Rouge

Premiere (April 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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Gräfin Mariza

by Emmerich Kálmán (May 2015)

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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Guys and Dolls

by Frank Loesser (September 2014)

"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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Hänsel und Gretel

by Engelbert Humperdinck (December 2014)

In this well known opera based on the Grimm's fairy tale, Hänsel and Gretel are sent into the woods by their mother who scolds them for playing instead of doing household chores. They lose their way and must spend the night in the woods. Upon waking they find a house made of sweets surrounded by gingerbread children but are captured by an evil witch. The children outwit the witch, freeing the gingerbread children before being happily reunited with their parents.

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Hello, Dolly!

by Jerry Herman (March 2015)

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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Heute im Foyer ... Ensemble für ruhige Musik

(November 2014)

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Heute im Foyer ... Friedrich Cerha im Gespräch

(October 2014)

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Heute im Foyer ... Karl Dönch (1915-1994)

(January 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Lichtenthal-Quartett

(April 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Liederabend Vincent Schirrmacher

(December 2014)

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Heute im Foyer ... Nexus-Quartett Wien

(November 2014)

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Heute im Foyer ... QuerFeldEin III - „Der Tag mit seinem Lichte“

(March 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Streichquartett im Foyer

(February 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Vier [plus]

(May 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Von Wien nach Paris

(January 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Wien - New York

(October 2014)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Das kommt mir spanisch vor“

(May 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Pastorale“

(June 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Wenn die Geige singt“

(November 2014)

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Il trovatore

by Giuseppe Verdi (September 2014)

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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In Abänderung: Heute im Foyer ... Ach, Sie sind mir so bekannt

(September 2014)

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Junge Talente des Wiener Staatsballetts II

Premiere (June 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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Kiss me, Kate

by Cole Porter (September 2014)

"Triumphant success of the first musical in Austria" - it was with acclamations like this that the papers welcomed "Kiss me, Kate" in February 1956 at the Volksoper. The masterpiece has remained one of the most popular shows among Volksoper audiences. The last production of "Kate" at the Volksoper took place exactly 17 years ago; now a team led by Bernd Mottl, making his debut at the Volksoper, and director John Owen Edwards (who has already enjoyed great success with "Hello, Dolly!") are givingthis classic a new look.

In German language

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Klassik trifft Volksmusik

(May 2015)

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La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini (April 2015)

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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La Traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi (October 2014)

The well known tragic love story between the high-class coutesan Violetta and Alfredo, son of a respected Parisian family. With Alfredo the beautiful high-class courtesan Violetta finally finds true love. After a brief spell of happiness enjoyed together Alfredo's father manages, nevertheless, to convince Violetta of the social damage this relationship causes his family. In desperation, she leaves Alfredo and throws herself into the Parisian demimonde with disastrous effects on her health,already ravaged by consumption. Reconciliation comes too late.

In Italian language with German surtitles

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Märchenwelt Ballett

by Andrey Kaydanovskiy, Vesna Orlic (September 2014)

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Mozart à 2 / Don Juan

by Thierry Malandain, Thierry Malandain (November 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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Musik aus dem alten Wien

(December 2014)

Music by Josef Lanner, Josef Strauß, Carl Millöcker, Franz Lehár, Ralph Benatzky and Robert Stolz. With Birgid Steinberger and the Philharmonia Schrammeln Vienna.

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My Fair Lady

by Frederick Loewe (December 2014)

With their 1956 broadway musical "My Fair Lady" Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's melodies "The Rain in Spain" or "I could have danced all night" went round the world. The story tells of phonetician Henry Higgins who turns penniless flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a society lady. The professor stubbornly resists falling in love with his "creation".

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Onkel Präsident

by Friedrich Cerha (October 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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Opernball im Taschenformat

(February 2015)

With Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz and the "Österreichischen Salonisten": Peter Gillmayr, Kathrin Lenzenweger, Christoph Lenz and Judith Bik.

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Pariser Leben

Premiere by Jacques Offenbach (February 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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Publikumsgespräch

(November 2014)

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Rolando Villazón im Gespräch

(January 2015)

Singer and director Rolando Villazón is interviewed by Helene Sommer and Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz on the occasion of the premiere of Gaetano Donizetti's "Viva la Mamma".

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Sigrid Hauser: Pur

(April 2015)

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Sweeney Todd

by Stephen Sondheim (January 2015)

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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Tango Amor

Premiere (October 2014)

An evening, dedicated to the Argentinian national dance! With Cigdem Soyarslan und Daniel Ochoa, choreographed by Vesna Orlic.

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Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini (October 2014)

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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Viva la Mamma

by Gaetano Donizetti (January 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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Volksoper im MuTh: Erwin, das Naturtalent

(March 2015)

Erwin’s life could carry on in the same way forever: he lives on the most beautiful island in the south-west-easterly South Sea and he loves to sing. But one day the explorer Professor Hoggins arrives and discovers Erwin’s natural talent. He takes him away and turns him into a superstar. But is Erwin as happy out there in the big wide world as he used to be? The children’s opera by Mike Svoboda, which was first performed in 2005, is being given its Austrian premiere in a Volksoper co-production with the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

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Volksopernfest

(September 2014)

Join us in celebrating the opening of our season: Under the motto "theater magic" we offer you a whole day with a variety of events such as a flea market for costumes, backstage tours, an operetta quiz and a special program for children. On out outdoor stage you can hear the children's choir and the Canteen-Brass, and on our big stage we reveal what our technicians can do behind the scenes.

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Weihnachtskonzert 2014

(December 2014)

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Wiener Comedian Harmonists

(March 2015)

With Oleg Zalytskiy, Gerhard Reiterer, Roland Winkler, Martin Thyringer, Hermann Thyringer and Johannes Gisser (piano), moderated by Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz.

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Wiener Spezialitäten

(May 2015)

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