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Viennese Culture: Volksoper - (C) Juri Tscharyiski


‘Volksoper’ is a major opera house, second only to Vienna State Opera. Various 18th, 19th and 20th century operas are staged as well as light operas, musicals and dance events.

Initially, the ‘Volksoper’ was built as a conventional theater stage. In 1903 Weber’s ‘Preciosa’ was the first opera to be staged there. From then on the focus shifted from dramatic theatre to the music based art forms of opera and operetta. Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ and Richard Strauss’ ‘Salome’ had their Austrian premiers at the Volksoper.
Today, Franz Léhars ‘Der Bettelstudent’, Johann Strauß‘ ‘Die lustige Witwe’ (The Merry Widow), ‘Die Fledermaus’ or ‘Wiener Blut’ are popular productions. Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (The Magic Flute) or ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ by Humperdinck are part of the repertoire, too. ‘Carmen’, ‘West Side Story’ or ‘Der Nussknacker’ add exitement to the Volksoper’s programme.

Since 1999, Volksoper is home to a contemporary dance ensemble. One of the highlights was a modern interpretation of Tschaikowsky’s ‘Schwanensee’. The original music was remixed by popular Viennese musicians Pulsinger & Tunakan. By this, the Volksoper opened up to a younger audience.

German & Music in Vienna

Volksoper, Währingerstraße 78, 1090 Wien


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