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Open House Theatre raises the curtain

Vienna’s new English-speaking theatre is all set for its first season. The newly established company will build on the work of the International Theatre, and launches in December with a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the KIP Theater im Café Prückel, continuing the International’s tradition of annually performing this festive classic. The […]

Franz Kafka: ‘The Meaning of Life is that it Stops’

Franz Kafka: ‘The Meaning of Life is that it Stops’

I’m into death – which is one of the reasons I love this town. Vienna is full of dark corners: There are the catacombs under Stephansdom; the Imperial Crypt not far away; Mozart’s unmarked grave in the Biedermeyer-era St. Marx Cemetery; the Funeral Museum complete with a corpse bell; and of course, the Zentralfriedhof, final […]

Book Review: Laurent Binet’s HHhH

Book Review: Laurent Binet’s HHhH

Resisting the Gestapo On 27 May 1942, Reinhard Heydrich lay in the Na Bulovce Hospital in Prague with a broken rib, a perforated diaphragm, a damaged thoracic cage and with the fragment of a black Mercedes lodged in his spleen. Or was it a green Mercedes? This kind of detail matters to Binet, and he […]

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2012

To the Editor [Re “Uniting Europe, One Case at a Time” TVR Sept. 2012] This is Balkanisation, an old Austrian concept rather more successful prior to 1914 than after. But Habsburg Austria was in many ways more liberal than the European Union and its strength lay in celebrating diversity, not the authoritarian regimentation now coming […]

Book Review: Out of Time. The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner, by Tanya Buchdahl Tintner

Book Review: Out of Time. The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner, by Tanya Buchdahl Tintner

When a Composer Conducts his Life “Today I am 25 years old. I have achieved almost nothing. How time flies,” wrote Georg Tintner in an autobiographical note on his birthday in 1942. World War II was at its height, and the young Austrian composer and conductor was far away, living in Auckland, New Zealand, where […]

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

“Triumphant success of the first musical in Austria” announced a shrewd critic, when Kiss Me, Kate had its Austrian premiere at the Volksoper in 1956. The musical quickly became the Volksoper’s greatest box-office attraction in the theatre’s 60-odd-year history. Kate went on to become the highest point of composer Cole Porter’s long and varied career, […]

Posing with the Big Boys

Posing with the Big Boys

“Isn’t it funny how people who can afford to pay always manage to get into these things for free?” said a man turning to my date for the evening, the thick smugness dripping from his smile like double cream. I smirked uncomfortably to myself: Gate crashing was a financial necessity to me, but as my […]

Coloman: Austria’s Irish Saint

Coloman: Austria’s Irish Saint

The next time you pass Stephansdom take a moment to enter the Gothic gloom of the cathedral. Shuffle through the tourists and make your way to the gift shop on the left-hand side of the central aisle. As you enter the little shop, ask if you may look behind the right door panel. There, at […]

The Emperor, the Tailor and The Church of Deliverance

The Emperor, the Tailor and The Church of Deliverance

When strolling around Schottentor, tourists will often exclaim: “Look! There’s the Stephansdom.” They are lost, of course, mistaking the Votivkirche on Rooseveltplatz for the city’s mighty Gothic cathedral nearly synonymous with the city itself. But the error is forgivable since the magnificent neo-Gothic Votivkirche resembles the far older one in many ways and has its […]

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