And it is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.
To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “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. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.
The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively
surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.
The musical is based on the life of the Argentine First Lady, Eva Perón (1919 – 1952), affectionately known as “Evita” to the people of Argentina, and sets her rise to social and political power against the background of historical events in Argentina between 1934 and 1952. The story is narrated by a young man called Che who acts as a guide and commentator on events.
During her lifetime Evita, who came from an impoverished background, is revered as a saint by the “Descamisados”, the “shirtless”, but despised by the bourgeoisie and intellectuals. She sleeps her way to the top, lover by lover, until she finally meets Perón, a colonel in the army. After throwing herself behind his bid for the presidency, she becomes Argentina’s First Lady.
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Photocredit: Theater an der Wien: Das neue Opernhaus©WienTourismus/Wolfgang Simlinger