The Land of Smiles

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PreviousNovember 2023

Lisa, the daughter of a Viennese earl, falls in love with the Chinese prince Sou-Chong. She follows him to Peking and is bitterly disappointed. Even the dream of true love can’t manage to conquer the conventions of the clashing cultures. The world premiere of „The Land of Smiles“ in 1929 was a triumph.


Program and cast

Conductor: Guido Mancusi
Count Ferdinand Lichtenfels / Tschang, Sou-Chong's uncle: Toni Slama
Lisa, Count Lichtenfels' daughter: Anja-Nina Bahrmann
Count Gustav von Pottenstein: Michael Havlicek
A general / head eunuch: Herbert Steinböck
Lore: Sophie Bauer
Fini: Stefanie Mayer
Franzi: Vanessa Zips
Vally: Mirjam Maschl
Toni: Theresa Wollnitzke
Prince Sou-Chong: Jason Kim
Fu-Li, Chinese envoy / Mi, Sou-Chong's sister: Theresa Dax

Director: Beverly Blankenship
Stage design: Heinz Hauser
Costumes: Elisabeth Binder-Neururer
with the collaboration of: Susanne Bisovsky (Viennese Chic)
Choreography: Allen Yu
Stage design collaboration: Barbara Pral

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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