The Theater an der Wien is one of the most beautiful and historic theatres in Vienna.
Built in 1801 in keeping with the spirit of Mozart by the composer's librettist Emanuel Schikaneder, it has seen numerous performances of historical significance, including Beethoven's sole opera, Fidelio. The theatre has been casting its spell for over two centuries now thanks to its exceptional acoustics and its authentic, intimate atmosphere.
Theater an der Wien
The new opera house
Vienna's Youngest and Oldest Opera House
To coincide with the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth in 2006, the Theater an der Wien was reopened in January of that year as the new opera house of the City of Vienna. Since then, it has presented itself as an innovative "stagione" opera house. The contemporary and outstanding musical quality of the productions make the venue on Wienzeile a centre of baroque opera and modern music theatre in Vienna. Productions are presented under the stagione system, with one premiere a month: this means that those performing on the stage and in the orchestra pit remain unchanged from the first performance to the last, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are constantly maintained.
Since the 2012/13 season, the Theater an der Wien has expanded its artistic activities by staging performances at the Kammeroper, while the Junges Ensemble des Theater an der Wien provides an important platform for young artists.
In 2015, the Theater an der Wien began its tenth season. Director Roland Geyer says of the theatre's successful strategy: "Since 2006, the Theater an der Wien has shown hundreds of new opera productions and enjoys an excellent reputation at home and abroad as a producer of first-class music theatre projects and one of Europe's foremost stagione opera houses."
The modern, open-minded approach to music theatre demonstrated by the works performed and the international artists is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings, the atmosphere and the perfect acoustics in the historic theatre encourage visitors to open their senses to beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with the vibrant area around the Naschmarkt street market and the cultural scene in and around the Schleifmühl quarter.
Theater an der Wien at the Kammeroper
The Kammeroper in Vienna has been firmly established as part of the city's cultural life for nearly sixty years and aims to retain the spirit and character that its founder, Hans Gabor, wanted it to have.
When the Austrian government stopped subsidising the theatre in 2011, a new concept for productions was developed in cooperation with the association responsible for the Wiener Kammeroper and with the agreement of the City of Vienna. The Vereinigte Bühnen Wien show their commitment to this concept by placing their expertise and their organisational and financial resources at its disposal by exploiting synergies.
Since the 2012/13 season, the Theater an der Wien has been responsible for the Kammeroper programme and presents opera productions and portrait concerts. The broad spectrum of the intimate chamber opera repertoire complements the Theater an der Wien's programme and also picks up on some of the dramatic focal points of the operas presented there.
The foundation of the Junges Ensemble of the Theater an der Wien (JET) consisting of six young professionals breathes new life into the historic venue on Fleischmarkt. The rising singers were selected from numerous applicants and, following a period of intensive training and experience in international opera studios and ensembles, have already proved their qualities.
Currently, the third generation of the JET can be seen and heard performing lead roles in productions at the Kammeroper and in smaller roles at the Theater an der Wien itself.
Prof. DI Roland Geyer
Director Roland Geyer
Born in Vienna, Roland Geyer studied Business Mathematics (Diplomingenieur, graduate engineer), Sport Sciences and Sport Management. He also completed a course in Culture Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
From 1987 to 1996 he was general secretary of Jeunesse Musicale Österreich. In 1996 he was appointed Music Director of the City of Vienna and as such was responsible for managing the music festivals staged by the City. In this capacity he was director of OsterKlang Wien, Vienna's Easter festival, and the KlangBogen summer festival with its focus on opera at the Theater an der Wien.
On 1 January 2004, Roland Geyer was appointed director of the new opera house of the City of Vienna and in Mozart Year 2006 returned the Theater an der Wien to its original purpose. As an innovative “stagione” 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 and is consequently the centre of baroque opera and modern music theatre in that city. Since 2010, Roland Geyer's contract as director of the Theater an der Wien has been renewed four times and now runs to 31 August 2022. Since September 2012 he has also had overall responsibility for the Kammeroper on Fleischmarkt.
Roland Geyer was awarded "l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Ministry of Culture, the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art and the Silver Decoration of Honour of the City of Vienna. In 2013 he was elected one of the five members of the University Council of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
In early April 2014, Roland Geyer received the honorary title of professor from culture minister Josef Ostermayer.