A German Requiem

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April 2023 Next

With his »German Requiem« op. 45, Brahms created one of the most unusual versions of the requiem mass: he wanted to rise above the boundaries of all religions, confessions and nations, and would have »very happily left the ›German‹« out of the title and »simply used the word ›human‹«.

Martin Schläpfer’s ballet »Ein Deutsches Requiem« brings one of the most internationally successful works of the Vienna State Ballet’s new director to the Volksoper. In a monumental architecture created by Florian Etti, the dancers are thrown to and fro between above and below, heaven and earth. Like lemurs they creep over the ground, fight vigorously against their being, and still only fall back into a wriggling wobble. But the world of this dance piece also has moments of indescribable lightness: in the joyous leaps, in the powerful flailing of the arms, the subtle exploration of balance or the delicate discovery of the divine in the human counterpart. A »profoundly touching and thrilling evening at the ballet« (Ulrike Burgwinkel, WDR).

Program and cast

Choreography: Martin Schläpfer
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Stage design: Florian Etti
Costumes: Catherine Voeffray
Lighting: Thomas Diek
Choir rehearsal: Holger Kristen
Rehearsal: Louisa Rachedi
Rehearsal: Julie Thirault

Volksoper Vienna

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Underground line U6
Trams 40, 41, 42
Bus 40A
Stop "Währinger Straße / Volksoper"

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The Volksoper is Vienna’s main stage for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet, offering sophisticated musical entertainment. Colourful, eclectic and full of vitality, it is the only theatre dedicated to the genre of operetta.

Operetta belongs to Vienna and Vienna installed it at the home of operetta, Volksopera Vienna, which thereupon became the leading operetta house in the world. First class singers, actors and dancers together with a versatile orchestra cunjure up a musical firework display every evening.

Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán wrote their world famous beloved melodies for operettas such as “The Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and “The Csárdás Princess”. A visit to at least one of these operettas at the Volksopera Vienna is a must for every visitor to Vienna!

Also performed are operas from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as classic musicals and ballet. In addition, the Volksoper has a fifth longstanding and proven speciality: it stages soirées, cabaret and burlesque performances under the name of “Volksoper Spezial”.

In the repertory theatre, which seats 1,337 persons, some 300 performances of around 35 different productions are staged every year between September and June.

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