Volksoper Wien Announces 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Volksoper Wien has announced its 2019-20 season featuring an array of opera and operetta and five new productions that are sure to entice opera lovers.


Marius Felix Lange’s “Das Gespenst von Canterville” is set to get a new production by Philipp M. Krenn.

Anita Götz, Regula Rosin, Paul Schweinester, Rebecca Nelsen, and Birgid Steinberger star with Gerrit Prießnitz conducting. 

Performance Dates: Oct. 18, 2019-April 18, 2020

Offenbach’s operetta “König Karotte” gets a new production by Matthias Davids starring Mirko Roschkowski, Amira Elmadfa, Johanna Arrouas, Anja-Nina Bahrmann, Sung-Keun Park, Marco Di Sapia, and Yasushi Hirano. Guido Mancusi conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 23, 2019-Jan. 14, 2020

Marco Di Sapia, Boris Eder, Eric Laporte, Kurt Rydl, Anita Götz, and Regula Rosin star in a new production of Strauss’ “Der Zigeunerbaron.” Peter Lund directs with Alfred Eschwé conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 29-April 5, 2020

Tod Machover’s “Schoenberg in Hollywood” gets a new production by Helen Malkowsky with a cast that includes Lauren Urquhart and Jeffrey Treganza. Gerrit Prießnitz conducts the chamber work.

Performance Dates: April 4-16, 2020

Albert Pesendorfer, Ghazal Kazemi, Elisabeth Schwarz, Sulie Girardi, Carsten Süss, and Günter Haumer star in a new production of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Peter Konwitschny directs the production, which is set to be conducted by Jac van Steen.

Performance Dates: May 2-30, 2020


Johann Strauss’ classic “Die Fledermaus” returns to the stage for performances throughout the season.

Performance Dates: Sept. 2, 2019-April 24, 2020 

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” takes the stage in Helmuth Lohner’s production. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 3-Nov. 28, 2019

Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” will be shown in a production by Helmut Baumann with choreography by Roswitha Stadlmann.

Performance Dates: Sept. 13-Oct. 14, 2019

Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” returns to the repertoire in a revival by Aron Stiehl. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 12, 2019

Peter Lund’s production of Kalman’s “Die Csárdásfürstin” returns to the with a cast to be announced.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26, 2019-June 4, 2020

Achim Freyer’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” gets a revival. 

Performance Dates: Dec. 12, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” returns to the stage for the holiday season in Karl Dönch’s production. 

Performance Dates: Dec. 14, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Stepanka Pucalkova, Anita Götz, Vincent Schirrmacher, and Luke Stoker star in a revival of Bizet’s “Carmen” under the baton of Anja Bihlmaier.

Performance Dates: Jan. 4-Feb. 17, 2020

Kálmán’s “Gräfin Mariza” is revived with Caroline Melzer in the title role. Toni Slama, Jakob Semotan, Carsten Süss, and Juliette Khalil also star in Thomas Enzinger’s production conducted by Karsten Januschke.

Performance Dates: Jan. 12-Feb. 12, 2020

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

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-March 3, 2020 

Alexander Joel conducts Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with a cast that includes Pavel Valuzhin, Boris Statsenko, Rebecca Nelsen, Stefan Cerny, and Annely Peebo.

Performance Dates: March 13-April 28, 2020

Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” is set to star Kurt Schreibmayer, Johanna Arrouas, Rebecca Nelsen, Alexandre Beuchat, and Martin Mitterrutzner with Alexander Joel conducting.

Performance Dates: April 9-May 15, 2020

Ralph Benatzky’s “Meine Schwester und ich” will be revived in a production by Robert Meyer.

Performance Dates: March 5-April 4, 2020

Philipp M. Krenn’s production of Valtinoni’s “Pinocchio” is revived.

Performance Dates: May 9-June 23, 2020

Albert Lortzing’s “Zar und Zimmermann” returns in a production of Hinrich Horstkotte.

Performance Dates: May 17-June 10, 2020