Kublai Khan

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April 2024

Kublai, the ruler of the Tartars, has a lot of trouble on his hands: the court officials are scheming, his own son is so stupid that the princess from the neighboring country doesn't want to marry him, and to make matters worse, an Italian adventurer couple is upsetting the traditions of their country . The comic opera Cublai, gran kan de' Tartari by Giambattista Casti with music by Antonio Salieri appears to be set in Catai, but actually it brings to the stage the conditions of the European royal courts, especially those of the Russian tsar's court. How do powerful people deal with responsibility for their country is the central question that the authors raise in the spirit of the European Enlightenment. But because Russia was an ally of Emperor Joseph II, he quickly canceled the premiere after the start of the Turkish War in 1787. As a result, one of the most unusual operas of the 18th century, which draws on the comedy of the Commedia dell'arte and is hardly inferior to the works of Jacques Offenbach in its satirical sharpness, fell into oblivion for more than 200 years. The conductor Christophe Rousset, who has been committed to the music of Antonio Salieri for many years, will now rehearse the late premiere of the original Italian version of Cublai, gran kan de’ Tartari.

Program and cast

Antonio Salieri

Dramma eroicomico in two acts

Libretto by Giovanni Battista Casti

Premiere of the original Italian version

Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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