The White Horse Inn

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Singspiel by Ralph Benatzky

In German language with English surtitles

With this new production of the operetta classic The White Horse Inn, director Jan Philipp Gloger sets out in search of the contemporary aspects of the piece, which he recognizes above all in the theme of tourism. Come with us to the region of the Salzkammergut and take a look behind the façade of the traditional eponymous hotel!



It is summertime at the Wolfgangsee. Josepha Vogelhuber, the young, attractive but resolute owner of the White Horse Inn, has been courted for some time by her head waiter, Leopold Brandmeyer. While appreciating his aptness for the job, she mistrusts all men as potential gold-diggers, rejects Leopold's advances and longingly waits for the arrival of Dr Siedler, a lawyer who has been one of her regular guests for many years. This year, Josepha hopes, Siedler might eventually propose to her.

When Siedler arrives, he finds himself in the very same place as Wilhelm Giesecke, his client Sülzheimer's business rival, and immediately falls in love with Giesecke's beautiful daughter Ottilie. As it happens, Sülzheimer's son Sigismund, a would-be beau, also arrives at the White Horse Inn. Angry at first about Siedler's presence at the same inn, Giesecke soon has the idea of marrying off his daughter to Sigismund Sülzheimer, thus turning a pending lawsuit into an advantageous business merger. However, Siedler's love is reciprocated by Ottilie, who adamantly refuses to marry Sigismund, while Sigismund himself has fallen for Klärchen Hinzelmann, a naive beauty who accompanies her professorial father on a tour through the Salzkammergut.

Seeing all this, Leopold Brandmeyer decides that he has had enough and quits his job. Josepha has also done a lot of thinking in the meantime, reconsiders her head waiter's proposal of marriage, and can persuade him to stay—not just as an employee but also as proprietor. Love gets its way with the other two couples as well, and the play ends with the prospect of a triple marriage.

Program and cast

Conductor: Michael Brandstätter
Director: Jan Philipp Gloger
Set design: Christof Hetzer
Costumes: Justina Klimczyk
Choreography: Florian Hurler
Lighting: Alex Brok
Sound design: Martin Lukesch
Josepha Vogelhuber, landlady: Annette Dasch
Leopold Brandmeyer, head waiter: Jakob Semotan
Wilhelm Giesecke, Berlin manufacturer: Götz Schubert
Dr. Otto Siedler, lawyer: David Kerber
Sigismund Sülzheimer, son of Giesecke's competitor: Oliver Liebl
Prof. Dr. Hinzelmann, vacationer: Harald Schmidt
The Emperor: Robert Palfrader
The Piccolo: Christoph Stocker

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