120 years ago the new-built Vienna Volksoper was opened; as “Emperor-Jubilee-Municipal-Theatre” the house was initially dedicated to spoken drama. However, only 5 years later first steps towards music-theatre were taken which should henceforth dominate the fate of this house.
For the kick-off of the jubilee-season the theatre showcases a new-production of Emmerich Kálmán’s classic operetta The Csárdás Princess staged by Peter Lund and conducted by Alfred Eschwé. With reference to the prevailing circumstances of the world-premiere at the beginning of World War I, the production depicts a dance of the respectable society on a volcano. Elissa Huber performs the title-role of the demimonde-dancer Sylvia Varescu and Lucian Krasznec is her fateful lover Edwin Roland from a high-aristocratic family.
Following the opening-night of the new-production on September 16th, 2018 there are numerous further performances to follow until December of this year, however with changing casts.