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Lass uns die Welt vergessen - Volksoper 1938

A play with music by Theu Boermans and Keren Kargarlitsky

In German language with English surtitles

Operetta has always been an escape from everyday life into a dream world. But what if what is happening in the world is so terrible that it can no longer be forgotten? In the first months of 1938, current political life intrudes into the Volksoper during rehearsals for the operetta Gruß und Kuss aus der Wachau. What do intolerance, discrimination and fascism do to the staff of the Volksoper?

In the course of rehearsals, the seizure of power by the National Socialists brings about serious changes for the Volksoper: dismissals follow at all levels of the house. A captivating look into the mirror of the past can also mean a confrontation with a painful period in the history of the Volksoper. We don't want to avoid that. By telling the story of the Volksoper staff, we preserve the memory of ALL victims. At the same time, we do not lose sight of the actions of the perpetrators, which could happen again at any time, but we also remember the countless people who did not raise their voices.


Regie, Text & Libretto
Theu Boermans
Costume design
Jorine van Beek
Florian Hurler
Lighting design
Alex Brok
Arjen Klerkx
Martin Lukesch
Historische Beratung
Marie-Theres Arnbom

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Press comments

Yet the Volksoper does what theater does best, precisely theater, and presents an overflowing, superabundant, extremely ambitious, and ultimately profoundly moving evening about its own history.
Süddeutsche Zeitung 15. December 2023
In the end, there were standing ovations and prolonged applause, marked by deep emotion for a journey into the past.
Kurier 15. December 2023
It is a dignified, indeed in the best sense decent remembrance, for which there were minutes-long standing ovations in the end.
APA 15. December 2023
There were standing ovations. The play should remain in the program throughout the entire Schoenberg Year 2024, the year of a displaced person.
Der Standard 16. December 2023
For the anniversary season, the Vienna Volksoper commissioned a backstage play that explores its own history (...). With a touching resonance.
BR Klassik 15. December 2023
Nevertheless, in 2023, the Volksoper boasts an ensemble that is astonishing, especially in all female roles, and the acting cast for the members of the artistic team is superb.
Süddeutsche Zeitung 15. December 2023
The highly motivated ensemble, with its many intricate role assignments, can only be collectively appreciated. The audience rightfully thanked them with standing ovations.
Kleine Zeitung 15. December 2023
What is particularly touching, however, is the composition of Israeli conductor Keren Kargalitsky.
BR Klassik 15. December 2023
With the Volksoper Orchestra, every style is profoundly executed; even at the end, when the cheerfulness becomes eerie (...).
Der Standard 16. December 2023
The audience was touched by Kagarlitsky's performance and Boermans' narrative. There was much applause for today's ensemble, which brought the artistic Volksoper team of 1938 back to life once again.
Deutschlandfunk 15. December 2023