Our theatre, which opened on Währinger Straße in 1898, has borne many names – and with them, many ups and downs, from triumphs to closures. The playhouse of the early days has developed over the decades into an international music theatre with unparalleled variety. In the Jubilee season, you can expect exciting premiers and an extensive repertoire.
For 2018/19, we’ve brought back a few successes from our proud 120-year existence. Emmerich Kálmán’s “Die Csárdásfürstin” (The Gypsy Princess) as our opening premiere, followed by Albert Lortzing’s popular Spieloper “Zar und Zimmermann”, Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” (the second musical that was performed here, in the year 1956), the ballet "Coppélia" as well as George Gershwins “Folk Opera” “Porgy and Bess”, now in concert form. 110 years ago (1908), the Volksoper played Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” for the first time – and we’ll be playing it again in March 2019.
We also have two absolute novelties in our programme – Ralph Benatzky’s operetta “Meine Schwester und Ich” (My sister and I) and the ballet “Peter Pan”. And in the Kasino at Schwarzenbergplatz, “Powder Her Face”, prizewinning English composer Thomas Adès’ first opera, shall be performed.
The Volksoper isn’t just celebrating its own anniversary, but also the round birthdays of two formidable musical theatre geniuses: the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein (with “Wonderful Town”, as we mentioned) and the 200th birthday of Jacques Offenbach in June 2019. The 12th season under the direction of Robert Meyer will end just as the first season – 2007/08 – began: with Offenbach’s “Orpheus in der Unterwelt” (Orpheus in the Underworld), which is definitely worth a revival.