Operetta belongs to Vienna, and it belongs to the Volksoper, considered to be the world's leading operetta house. From Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus and Carl Millöcker's Bettelstudent to Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow and Emmerich Kálmán's Die Zirkusprinzessin, the theater's program includes masterpieces of the genre of operetta during the 2017/18 season.
Audiences can look forward to two operetta premieres with anticipation: In Richard Heuberger's Der Opernball, the women put their husbands through a test of loyalty – until no-one knows who they really are any more. And in Carl Millöcker's Gasparone, a far from real robber chief gets up to his tricks.
More than operetta
Fans of opera also get their money's worth: Apart from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute as well as Verdi's La Traviata and I Masnadieri, the full scope of the Volksoper is demonstrated by productions such as Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Paolo Madron's Pinocchio (premiere!) and the European premiere of Marilyn Forever (at the casino on Schwarzenbergplatz).
Fans of musicals can look forward to classics such as The Wizard of Oz and My Fair Lady (with Katharina Strasser). In addition, one of perhaps the most popular musicals ever takes to the stage of the Volksoper: The Sound of Music, with the world-famous song "Edelweiss". In the Broadway hit Gypsy, Maria Happel plays the lead role. In Carousel, one of the most beautiful musical songs of all time can be heard: "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Finally, the ballet brings dance highlights and thrills to the auditorium with works such as Romeo and Juliette, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cendrillon (Cinderella).
The present-day Volksoper Wien was opened in 1898 as the "Emperor's Anniversary City Theater" and initially run as a lyric theater only. Operas and musical comedies were subsequently added to the program in 1903. World-famous singers such as Maria Jeritza, Leo Slezak and Richard Tauber performed here, and Alexander Zemlinsky worked here as conductor.
At selected operettas and musicals, English surtitles bring the action a step closer to non-German speaking visitors. After all: “The whole world loves operetta...!"
Volksoper WienWähringer Straße 78, 1090 Wien
- Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 10% off (discount at all Bundestheater advanced booking offices and at all box offices - excluding premieres and special events)
Please ring the bell, the porter or the cashier will assist
- no steps
- 89 cm wide and 142 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- 2 Wheelchair spaces available (in stalls, 13 additional wheelchair seats possible, prior notification via phone required 10 days before performance)
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Elevator not suitable for wheelchairs.
- Side entrance