Nine premieres, six revivals and 20 repertoire works make up the richly varied programme of the 13th season under the direction of Robert Meyer.
The programme presents a wide spectrum of different kinds of works: a classic from the operetta repertoire, "Der Zigeunerbaron", can be seen alongside a rediscovered Offenbach rarity, "König Karotte", while the monumental Russian national opera "Boris Godunov" contrasts with the first performance in Austria of the family opera "Das Gespenst von Canterville" ("The Canterville Ghost") and the first European performance of Tod Machover’s "Schoenberg in Hollywood" in the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz. The musical "Cabaret" takes us back to the Berlin of the 1930s, while the musical fairy tale "Brigadoon", which is being performed in Austria for the first time, is set in the Scottish Highlands. And with "La Piaf", the Wiener Staatsballett pays homage to the great French chansonnière, while the world premiere of "Appassionato – Bach und Vivaldi" is based on master works of the Baroque period.
"Gräfin Mariza" and "Die lustige Witwe", two works of the Silver Age of operetta, return as revivals in celebrated productions. The operas "Carmen" and "Rigoletto" (now being sung in Italian) take as their subject the ineluctable force of love, while the battle of the sexes rages in the musical "Kiss me, Kate". "Carmina Burana" sees the return of a particularly striking ballet evening which is very popular with audiences.