Kiss Me, Kate

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Johanna Arrouas (as Lois Lane/Bianca), and Franziska Becker (as Lilli Vanessi/Kate) in “Kiss Me, Kate” at the Volksoper | Photo: Barbara Pálffy/Volksoper Wien

“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, the only one of his musicals to exceed a thousand performances on Broadway, and the only one translated into over a dozen languages.

After a 17-year absence from the Volksoper stage, Kiss Me, Kate is now back. Director Bernd Mottl and conductor John Owen Edwards present a vibrant new imagining of the show, which from 25 Oct. – 22 Dec. will not budge an inch.

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