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Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

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Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

I will be in Europe from 12 August to 21 August; 9 nights. I am considering a visit to Vienna for all or part of this time, depending on what operettas are being performed. I have been to Vienna several times. I am interested primarily in the operettas of Kalman and Lehar.

My last visit to Vienna was in July, 2010; I attended a Franz Lehar operetta at the Moerbisch Festival and I also saw Lehar's "The Merry Widow" at the Theresium on that trip, but I don't see much on the internet about operettas this summer in the Vienna area. I know that the Moerbisch Festival has a new policy oriented away from operetta and I will probably not be going there any more. It is too bad, I saw some wonderful Kalman and Lehar operetta's there from 2003 to 2010 (and Strauss' "Weiner Blut" in 2007). My favorite was Kalman's "Countess Maritza" in 2004, which starred the current Artistic Director of the Moerbisch Festival, Dagmar Schellenberger, in the title role.

I have read about the Baden Festival. Do they still perform operettas? I have been there, but I never attended an operetta there. I could not find any information about their schedule for this summer.

I also know that the Bad Ischl Festival performs Lehar operettas and they will be performing "The Count of Luxembourg" during the time I can be in Austria, a great operetta, but I did not really want to travel that far to see an operetta that I have already seen (at Moerbisch in 2006). If I had been in Vienna last summer I would gladly have travelled there to see Lehar's "Where the Lark Sings", which I have never seen.

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1. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

Emmerich Kalmans "Die Zirkusprinzessin" will be in Baden. Langenlois has also a festival.

www.buehnebaden.at

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2. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

They are also doing Giuditta at Baden this year. I visit the operetta festival there most years and have found the performances very enjoyable. I'm a fan of the new director, Sebastian Reinthaller, who also sings in the Viennese Volksoper, so I'm timing my visit this year to hear him in both productions :-) I order my tix online from the Buehne Baden website and they mail them out to me at no cost. Jolly good service!

Baden is quite easy to reach with a direct tram ride on the Badenerbahn from central Vienna. I stay in Vienna and take the tram to Baden because I'm not that keen on Baden itself (it's pleasant but rather moribund - there's more to do in Vienna!)

I used to go to Bad Ischl every year but I think the standard is lower than it used to be and like Moerbisch it is turning towards musicals (yawn) rather than traditional operetta. The Ischl casts are not what they once were, either. So although they're doing Graf von Luxemburg this year (a return to operetta) I'm not motivated to travel all that way.

They're doing Pariser Leben at Langenlois this year (see http://www.schlossfestspiele.at/schlossfestspiele-programm) I've never been to Langenlois because I don't drive and it's not possible to get there via public transport.

There is a British company which does operetta-based holidays; you might find their site of interest: http://www.operettaheaven.com/ I also check the festival schedules on www.operabase.com (although that omits Baden from the list) But visiting in August, I think Baden would be be your best bet.

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3. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

Thank you very much, Saltzburger and Roley.

I will book seats for Franz Lehar's "Giuditta" and Emmerich Kalman's "Die Zirkusprinzessin" at Baden as soon as possible after I book my flights.

I saw "Giuditta" in 2003 at Moerbisch and I enjoyed it very much. It will be a great pleasure to see it in a totally different venue at Baden. When I saw it at Moerbisch, I had a seat way up in the back; really too far away.

I have never been to a performance of "Die Zirkusprinzessin", so I will be looking forward to seeing it even more.

I will rent a car and go to see Offenbach's "Pariser Leben" at Langenlois only if I decide to spend my entire eleven days in the Vienna area; I may spend the last fours days of my vacation in Paris.

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4. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

Wish I could go and see Mr X.

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5. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

I am sorry that you cannot attend the performance, Operettaman.

You probably already have it, but if not, I can only suggest to you the DVD of "Die Zirkusprinzessin" (Mister X), with Ingeborg Hallstein and Rudolf Schock (which was made for German television in 1969). It is available on Amazon.

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6. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

I have the recording with Rudolf Schock. Very nice indeed.

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7. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

Thanks again, Saltzburger and Roley for the current links and for your excellent advise.

I am all set. After I booked my airline tickets and secured hotel reservations, I bought tickets for the Theatre Baden. I chose the option on the Theatre Baden site to print my tickets at home. They sent me an Adobe email attachment and I just printed the tickets. I have tickets for the second row for "Giuditta" on Tuesday night, 13/8/14 and in the first row for "Die Zirkusprinzessin" on Saturday night, 16/8/14.

I will be staying at my favorite hotel in Vienna, the Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth. I agree with you Roley, I would not miss an opportunity to stay in Vienna, unless I was travelling a long distance for an event.

I have travelled on the Baden tram before and I know that you really want to buy roundtrip tickets in the shop next to the tram stop. The last time I took the tram I didn't do this, but fortunately I had the right change to buy a ticket from the machine on the tram.

Unfortunately, I will be leaving Vienna on Sunday, 17/8/14. I will spend the rest of my vacation in Paris.

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8. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

Glad to hear you got your trip all sorted! And I think Herr Reinthaller is playing Mr X on 16/8 so that should be good :-)

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9. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

I come to this discussion late having been away for a while-

some comments.

The festival in langenlois is very nice - on the grounds of the local castle in a nice setting.mostly locals attending . The grounds well maintained as this adjacent to a agricultural school.

Langenlois easily reached by public transport- Train leaving Vienna toward Krems

Departing this train in hadersdorf and then taking local train to langenlois - This a small local train normally one car.

Langenlois is a very nice village - main industry is wine - this one of the biggest wine villages in Austria- much to see and do.

Local bike rentals available to allow run rides in vineyards and elsewhere.

Vinothek the Ursin Haus makes for a nice visit and the Loisium offers a good wine cellar tour.

Not far north of Langenlois on the same train line is Gars- Nice summer operetta theatre in castle ruins.

Baden a good choice - the move of Reinthaller there was fixed several years ago.

Nice rose gardens in the town- the theater - a unique roof that opens in good weather

A casino next to it also.

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10. Re: Operetta Festivals in the Vienna area in August

Thank you, Roley. I am looking forward to seeing Herr Reinthaller as Mr X.

Also, thank you Vertical for your very informative post. I did not know that the Baden Theatre had a "convertible roof", a very important benefit. I have been to outside operettas in Austria in July that had to be stopped for rain or where the wind blowing off Neusiedler See made it seem like a November night. Or at the Volksoper, during an April heat wave, when it was so stuffy inside it was difficult to stay awake.

Thank you also for your information on Langenlois. I intend to go now. However, I will try the express bus option from Schönbrunn, that I just saw on their site, rather than taking the train:

"For the price of € 20, - take the luxury bus for the operetta "Parisian Life" by Langenlois

of Vienna | Orangerie Schönbrunn Palace

to Langenlois | Castle Grove Village

and after the show back again.

Taste safely in the wine-growing village Kamptaler wines.

Info and combi cards "ticket + bus" under the KulturLangenlois 02734-3450 Office."

www.schlossfestspiele.at/was-gibt-es-neues