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Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

The Volksoper started the dance season with two premieres on their evening of Märchenwelt or Fairy Tale World. Staatsoper dancer and young choreographer Andrey Kaydanovsky opened the evening with an updated Ugly Duckling to an excellent performance of Ravel’s Pictures from an Exhibition. In an evening of anthropmorphism, Patrick Hullman’s performance as a tyrannical turkey […]

The Staatsoper Ballet: Rivalries Centre Stage

The Staatsoper Ballet: Rivalries Centre Stage

Midway through Manuel Legris’ third season at Staatsoper, Vienna is becoming a ballet city. What a difference one person can make! Actually it’s two people: Legris has the firm backing of Staatsoper General Director Dominique Meyer, whose passion for dance can be heard in extended speeches after each premiere. This is a stark contrast to […]

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, […]

Opera Impressions

Opera Impressions

The recent presentation in the Volksoper of two one-act operas in very cleverly similar settings focussed attention on the subject of theatre and reality. From there, it is a short leap to musing about the role of opera as theatre. The time is particularly relevant as all three houses have now published their programmes for […]

Carmina Burana: Daliesque Orgy

The curtain opens to a full choir of 70 filling the entire backstage singing at full voice. Front stage stood a two-metre figure in a long dress with a 40cm bee’s bun hairdo, Fortuna herself (Florian Hurler). The enormous Hurler throws his hands up in the air summoning the gods, while around his feet half-dressed […]

Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Mozart and Strauß

Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Mozart and Strauß

It is that festive time again. The celebrations for Christmas and the New Year seem to begin earlier and last longer and longer as time goes by. In December and January there are more than 20 operas to be enjoyed in Vienna, to say nothing of ballet, operetta, musical, concert and other special performances on […]

Rossini, Mozart and Britten

One of the great attractions of opera is its diversity. Operas can be very long, seriously heavy – even dunkel – and challenging in various ways, but at the other end of the spectrum they can be bright, breezy, cheerful and comical entertainment, and no less significant for being so. The last performance this season […]

Festive and other Operatic Fare

Now that the Marathon Ring has been run twice in November, it is now time to look forward to some relaxation and to turn our thoughts to the festive season just ahead. The number of shopping days to Christmas is diminishing rapidly and there still remains much to be done. This may need to include […]

Dual Danube Ballets

The advertising for both ballet productions was surprisingly similar: A beautiful woman in a stark pose. In Vienna, Georgian dancer Ketevan Papava holds a fan high in the air, as her red lace dress slips off her left shoulder as Carmen. In Bratislava, a mystic woman surrounded by emerald demons glares out at the world […]

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