Orpheus in the Underworld

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October 2023

The way Offenbach treats the noble world of the gods in his first full-length operetta from 1858 is simply irreverent and outrageously entertaining! This brilliant production marked the beginning of Robert Meyer’s tenure as Volksoper director and is now returning with an almost entirel new cast. The man of the house, however, will reprise the role of Styx, the erstwhile “Prince of Arcadia” …

Program and cast

Conductor: Alexander Joel
Director: Spymonkey
Director: Aitor Basauri
Director: Toby Park
Set and costume design: Julian Crouch
Choreography: Gail Skrela
Video: Joshua Higgason
Lighting: Tim van't Hof
Choral production: Roger Díaz-Cajamarca

Pluto (Aristeus): Timothy Fallon
Hans Styx: Sebastian Matt
Mercury: Jakob Semotan
Eurydice: Hedwig Ritter
Juno: Ursula Pfitzner
Diana: Theresa Dax
Cupid: Juliette Khalil
Mars: Aaron Pendleton
Venus: Katia Ledoux
Public Opinion: Ruth Brauer-Kvam
Jacques Offenbach: Marcel Mohab
Zimmer, his assistant: Georg Wacks
First judge: Oliver Liebl
Third judge: Jakob Semotan
Ensemble: Susanne Gschwendtner
Ensemble: Madeleine Rowe
Ensemble: Michal Chovanec
Ensemble: Ondra Klic

Volksoper Vienna

Public transport:

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

A taxi stand is located at Währinger Gürtel.
Parking garages in WIFI and AKH


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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