A showy cartel hanging at the front door let the audience know which types of performances they are going to be able to see in this impressive avenue: operetta, ballet, opera and musical. This year, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, the theatre will pay homage to the Italian composer by staging Il Trovatore and La Traviata, and other operas of his, Italy has always been proud of, such as Turandot, with Jee-Hye Han and Neil Schikoff, La Boheme staged with a marvellous scenic setting by Harry Kupfer and Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma, that will also provide the occasion for Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón to debut as Stage Director.
The staging of The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, and a German-language version of his masterpiece, the marriage of Figaro, symbolises how much the theatres scattered all around the city appreciate Mozart. Whilst the German repertoire will be completed by the presence of Beethoven’s Fidelio, many operas not necessarily matching the style of this venue will be staged as well; Albert Herring, a charming comedy by Benjamin Britten, in the version of Brigitte Fassbaender. The legendary contralto withdrew from the stage but is, today, a very productive Stage director.
The Fledermaus will be played every month beside other classics such as The Merry Widow or the German version of Offenbach’s Pariser Leben. The theatre has also retrieved an opera that is nowadays very rarely staged, despite premiering right in Vienna and being massively popular in both London and New York: Kálmán’s Gräffin Mariza
German version of Cole Porter’s Kiss me Kate will open a programme of popular American musicals such as My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd o Hello Dolly and The Wizard of Oz
Choreographer Ashley Page will stage Ein Reigen, an emotional re-enactment of the city of Vienna preceding the Big War. Among the most contemporary option we will also see Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana to a choreography by Vesna Orlic.