Jacquelyn Wagner, Albert Pesendorfer & Rainer Trost Lead Volksoper Wien’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Volksoper Wien has announced its 2021-22 season featuring ballet, opera, operetta, and musicals. For the purposes of this article we will only include the opera and operetta performances.

New Productions 

Hans Graf conducts a new production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in a new production by Josef Ernst Köpplinge. Jacquelyn Wagner stars as the Marschallin alongside Stefan Cerny, Emma Sventelius, Günter Haumer, and Lauren Urquhart. 

Performance Dates: Oct. 31-Nov. 23, 2021

Mussorgsky’sBoris Godunov will star Albert Pesendorfer, Ghazal Kazemi, Elisabeth Schwarz, Annely Peebo, Carsten Süss, and Morten Frank Larsen. Jac van Steen conducts the new production by Peter Konwitschny. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 2022

“Kleider machen Leute” will star Bernhard Berchtold, Nicolaus Hagg, Alexander Pinderak, Michael Havlicek, Markus Marquardt, Kristiane Kaiser, Martin Winkler, Andreas Mitschke, Sulie Girardi, David Sitka, Carsten Süss, Elvira Soukop, and Günter Haumer. Alfred Eschwé conducts. 

Performance Dates: March 27-April 9, 2022

Tod Machover’s Schoenberg in Hollywood” will get a new production by Helen Malkowsky. The opera will star Marco Di Sapia, Christian Graf, Lauren Urquhart, Jeffrey Treganza, and Tod Machover and will be conducted by Gerrit Prießnitz. 

Performance Dates: April 9-24, 2022

David McVicar directs a new production of “Der Tod in Venedig” with Gerrit Prießnitz conducting. Rainer Trost, Martin Winkler, and Thomas Lichtenecker star. 

Performance Dates: May 14-31, 2022

New Productions Operetta 

Andreas Gergen directs a new production of Paul Abraham’s Roxy und ihr Wunderteam.”

Performance Dates: Sept. 10-Oct. 23, 2021


Stephen Langridge’s production of Verdi’s Rigolettoreturns to the stage.

Performance Dates: Sept. 2-Oct. 22, 2021

Henry Mason’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte will return for the fall and winter season.

Performance Dates: Sept. 17, 2021-Feb. 8, 2022 

Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” will return in time for the holidays in Karl Dönch’s production.

Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 2021-Jan. 6, 2022

Kolonovits’ “Antonia und der Reißteufel” is set to star Juliette Khalil, Marco Di Sapia, Martin Bermoser, Elisabeth Schwarz, and Jeffrey Treganza. The composer conducts the piece. 

Performance Dates: Dec. 14, 2021-June 28, 2022

Verdi’s “La Traviata returns to the stage in Hans Gratzer’s production.

Performance Dates: March 6-22, 2022

Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” will be conducted by Alexander Joel and will star Alexandre Beuchat, Melba Ramos, Rebecca Nelsen, Marko Špehar, and Ghazal Kazemi. 

Performance Dates: April 11-May 10, 2022

Renaud Doucet’s production of Puccini’s Turandot will return to the stage in the summer. 

Performance Dates: June 12-29, 2022


Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will be performed throughout the season.

Performance Dates: Sept. 1, 2021-June 30, 2022

Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” will be performed throughout the first three months. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 3-Dec. 11, 2021

Peter Lund’s production of Kálmán’s “Die Csárdásfürstin” returns to the stage.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22, 2021-Jan. 17, 2022

Ralph Benatzky’s “Axel an der Himmelstür” will be conducted by Lorenz C. Aichner and will star Bettina Mönch, Andreas Bieber, Juliette Khalil, Peter Lesiak, Kurt Schreibmayer, and Wolfgang Gratschmaier. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 9-29, 2021

Beverly Blankenship’s production of Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns” returns to the stage.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9-March 30 2022

Kálmán’s “Gräfin Mariza” will be staged by Thomas Enzinger.

Performance Dates: April 3-29, 2022

Suppè’s Der Teufel auf Erden” will be performed in  Hinrich Horstkotte’s producton.

Performance Dates: May 20-June 25, 2022