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Anatevka

by Jerry Bock (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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Carmen

by Georges Bizet (September 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 Vesna Orlic, András Lukács, Boris Nebyla (October 2015)

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Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (June 2016)

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 Bettelstudent

Premiere (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

Premiere (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

by Mitch Leigh (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.“

In German language

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Der Zauberer von Oz

by Harold Arlen (November 2015)

“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.

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Die Csárdásfürstin

by Emmerich Kálmán (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 Fledermaus

by Johann Strauß (September 2015)

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 lustige Witwe

by Franz Lehár (September 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 2015)

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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Don Giovanni

Premiere (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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Eine Nacht in Venedig

by Johann Strauß (January 2016)

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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Fürst Igor

Premiere (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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Giselle Rouge

by Boris Eifman (February 2016)

“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 (January 2016)

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.

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Hänsel und Gretel

by Engelbert Humperdinck (December 2015)

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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Heute im Foyer ... Barocksolisten

(February 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Dichter.Liebe

(June 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Duo Bettina Gradinger und Roland Lindenthal

(October 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Kammerorchester der Volksoper Wien

(April 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Nexus-Quartett Wien

(February 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Streichquartett der Volksoper Wien

(October 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... Trio d'anches

(April 2016)

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Heute im Foyer ... Zwischen den Genres

(October 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Kraut und Ruam“

(September 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Nochmal Schwan gehabt“

(November 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Oh, Donna Clara!“

(November 2015)

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Heute im Foyer ... „Wiener Mädeln“

(February 2016)

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Im weißen Rössl

(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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Junge Talente des Wiener Staatsballetts II

(January 2016)

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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Kismet

Premiere by Robert Wright, George Forrest (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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La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini (December 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.

In German language with German surtitles

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La Traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi (February 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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Marie Antoinette

by Patrick de Bana (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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Mozart à 2 / Don Juan

by Thierry Malandain, Thierry Malandain (September 2015)

The works of choreographer Thierry Malandain are 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 gegen Windmühlen

(October 2015)

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My Fair Lady

by Frederick Loewe (January 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".

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Pariser Leben

by Jacques Offenbach (September 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.

With English surtitles

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Russische Impressionen

(March 2016)

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Schneekönigin

Premiere by Michael Corder (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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Soiree der Ballettakademie der Wiener Staatsoper

(May 2016)

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The Sound of Music

by Richard Rodgers (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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Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini (September 2015)

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 2016)

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 gave his directorial debut for this Volksoper production.

In German and Italian language

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Weihnachtskonzert

(December 2015)

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Wiener Comedian Harmonists

(April 2016)

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„Liebling, mein Herz lässt Dich grüßen“

(June 2016)

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