Season Repertoire

Anatevka

by Jerry Bock (May 2017)

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.

In German language

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Axel an der Himmelstür

by Ralph Benatzky (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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Carmina Burana

by András Lukács, Boris Nebyla, Vesna Orlic (December 2016)

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Cendrillon (Aschenputtel)

by Thierry Malandain (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. Based upon the sparkling score of Sergei Prokofiev and the basic dramaturgy of "Cendrillon" choreographer Thierry Malandain presents his very personal sight of this important milestone in the history of full lenght story ballet including a very special happy ending that brings the prince and his Cinderella together in a world of love. In 2014 Thierry Malandain was awarded with the Taglioni Award in the category „Best Choreographer“ for this piece.

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Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz präsentiert ... Wie man Karriere macht, ohne sich anzustrengen

(February 2017)

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Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz präsentiert ... „Wir Faschingskinder“

(November 2016)

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Das Wunder der Heliane

Premiere by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (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

by Gioachino Rossini (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

by Carl Millöcker (April 2017)

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

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Der Feuervogel / Petruschka / Movements to Stravinsky

Premiere by András Lukács, Eno Peci, Andrey Kaydanovskiy (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

by Werner Richard Heymann (January 2017)

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

by Mitch Leigh (April 2017)

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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Der Zauberer von Oz

by Harold Arlen (October 2016)

“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, ist shown for the firt time at the Volksoper.

In German language

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Die Fledermaus

by Johann Strauß (September 2016)

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 (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 lustige Witwe

by Franz Lehár (January 2017)

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 Schneekönigin

by Michael Corder (September 2016)

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 Zauberflöte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (September 2016)

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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Die Zirkusprinzessin

Premiere by Emmerich Kálmán (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

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (March 2017)

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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Einführungssoiree: Axel an der Himmelstür

(September 2016)

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Fürst Igor

by Alexander Borodin (June 2017)

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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Giselle Rouge

by Boris Eifman (March 2017)

“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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Hänsel und Gretel

by Engelbert Humperdinck (December 2016)

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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Helene Sommer präsentiert ... Antonio Vivaldi - Die fünfte Jahreszeit

(May 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Cello Duet

(January 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Gran Duo

(March 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Liederabend Mara Mastalir

(May 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Liederabend Tatiana Sokolova

(October 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... nexus.plus

(November 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Salonorchester

(April 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Streichtrio

(March 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Suiten für Violoncello Solo

(October 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Trio Arte

(September 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Vienna Chamber Players

(January 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Volksopern-Oktett

(May 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... Wiener Biedermeier-Solisten

(June 2017)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein...?“

(September 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Oh, Donna Clara!“

(November 2016)

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Hoffmanns Erzählungen

by Jacques Offenbach (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

by Ralph Benatzky (September 2016)

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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La Traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi (September 2016)

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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La Wally

Premiere by Alfredo Catalani (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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Louie's Cage Percussion

(April 2017)

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My Fair Lady

by Frederick Loewe (December 2016)

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".

In German language

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The Sound of Music

by Richard Rodgers (September 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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Vivaldi - Die fünfte Jahreszeit

by Christian Kolonovits (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: Helene Sommer präsentiert ... Limonen aus Sizilien

(February 2017)

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Volksoper im Kasino: Limonen aus Sizilien

Premiere by Manfred Trojahn, Manfred Trojahn, Manfred Trojahn (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.

In German language

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Weihnachtskonzert

(December 2016)

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Wie man Karriere macht, ohne sich anzustrengen

by Frank Loesser (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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Wiener Comedian Harmonists

(October 2016)

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