The History of the Chorus

The Chorus was founded in 1946 as the “Chorvereinigung staatliche Volksoper" . The first  artistisc director was Leopold Emmer. In 1981 our name was changed to “Konzertvereinigung Wiener Volksopernchor ”.

Numerous tours and guest appearances have brought us through Europe and Asia, as well as to the most important summer festivals in Austria  such as the Bregenz and Mörbisch lake festivals as well as the Langenlois Festival and the Savonlinna Opera festival In Finland.

We have displayed our social engagement by participating in numerous benefit events, a special concern for us nowadays. 

Chronicles


28.11.2012 und 29.11.2012
Oper? Nicht immer! - Ein Oper(ette)n-Chor einmal anders...
A concert in the lounge of the Volksoper Vienna

15.1.2008
„Chinesisches Frühlingskonzert“ (chinese spring-concert), at the Golden Hall of Musikverein, Vienna

28.11.2007
Concert with Wang Ying in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein

12.09.2006
Concert with Tan Jing in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, Conductor: Li Xin Cao

07.11.2004
Participation in the International Folk Song Art Festival, Nanning, China

Sommer 2004
Participation in the Krieau Summer Festival “Die Zirkusprinzessin”

23.11. 2003
“Chinese Folk Songs” in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, Vienna, Soloist: Song Su Ying, Conductor: Li Xin Cao

Sommer 2003
Summer Festival Langenlois Carl Milloecker, “Der Bettelstudent”

27.04.2003
Benefit Concert Artists helping Children

02.03.2002
“The First Walpurgisnacht” Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock in the Vienna Volksoper

22.12.2001
Participation in the Christmas Concert of the Vienna Volksoper

20.06.2001
Participation in a Benfit Auction benefitting “SOS Mitmensch”in the BAWAG Kassenhalle, Vienna

12.03.2001
Franz Lehar: “The Merry Widow”a benefit performance in the Vienna Ronacher

19.09.1999
Benefit Concert for Kosovo in Schloss Grafenegg with Roxondra Donose and Ferruccio Furlanetto

Sommer 1999
Franz Lehar “The Merry Widow” in the Vienna State Opera (in cooperation with the Concert Association of the State Opera Chorus)

Juli 1999
Guest Appearance in Spain (“Merry Widow”and “Fledermaus”)

Juli 1998
3rd Guest Appearance in Japan with excerpts from “Fledermaus”, “Merry Widow”and Viennese Songs

01.03.1998
The Concert Association performs Mozart’s “Requiem” in the Minoritenkirche to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. (Conductor: Conrad Artmueller)

08.09.1996
Participation in a gala concert in the Vienna Volksoper

Juli 1996
2nd Guest appearance in Japan with a program of Operetta Excerpts

02.07.1996
Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein A.Gatscha:”Der Weltfriede”, W.A. Mozart :”Coronation Mass”

Sommer 1994
Bregenz Festival: G. Verdi, “Nabucco”, R. Zandonai “Francesca da Rimini”, Moerbisch Festival: J. Strauss: “Wiener Blut”

23.07.1994
Operetta Concert in the Arkadenhof of the Vienna Rathaus under the Auspices of the Vienna “Klangbogen”

21.07.1994
Operetta Concert in Burgarena Finkenstein

Juli 1994
First Japan Tour with an Operetta Program (Leadership: Conrad Artmueller)

06.05.1994
Participation in the opening of the Vienna Festival Weeks with an Operetta Program on the Vienna Rathausplatz

Sommer 1993
Bregenz Festival: G. Verdi,” Nabucco”, and U. Giordano “Fedora”

13.09.1992
Schloss Schlosshof: Operetta Concert under the Leadership of Franz Bauer-Theussl

06.09.1992
Schloss Schlosshof: Michael Haydn: “Deutsche Messe”

Sommer 1992
Bregenz Festival: G. Verdi, “Nabucco”and H. Berlioz, “La Damnation de Faust”

Sommer 1991
Bregenz Festival: G. Bizet, “Carmen”, P.I. Tschaikowski, “Mazeppa”

März 1991
Johannes Brahms “Requiem” in a Benefit Concert for the St. Anna Children’s Hospital of Vienna

09.02.1991
Performance of the “Prisoners’ Chorus” from “Nabucco” in the TV show “Wer A Sagt”

Sommer 1990
Bregenz Festival: R. Wagner, “Der fliegende Hollaender” and A. Catalani “La Wally”

Sommer 1989
Bregenz Festival: R. Wagner, “Der fliegende Hollaender” and J. Offenbach “Tales of Hoffmann”

Sommer 1988
Bregenz Festival: C. Saint-Saens. “Samson et Dalila”and J. Offenbach “Tales of Hoffmann”

Sommer 1987
Bregenz Festival: G. Verdi "Ernani" und J. Offenbach "Hoffmanns Erzählungen"

08.05.1987
Participation in the opening of the Vienna Festival Weeks

Sommer 1986
Bregenz Festival: G. Donizetti, Anna Bolena”, and W.A. Mozart “Die Zauberfloete”.

Sommer 1985
Bregenz Festival : V. Bellini, “I Puritani” and W.A. Mozart, “Die Zauberfloete”

Sommer 1984
Bregenz Festival: G. Puccini, “Tosca”, and C. Zeller, “Der Vogelhaendler”

05.03.1984
Great Hall of the Bruckner Haus Linz: B.Rudolf,
“an Euridike” (Cantate)

12.02.1984
Great Hall, Musikverein, W.T. Walton: “Belshazzar’s Feast” (Oratorio)

Sommer 1983
Bregenz Festival C.M. v. Weber, “Der Freischuetz”, C. Porter, “Kiss me Kate”

30.06.1983
Great Hall, Musikverein, C. Orff: “Carmina Burana”

10.04.1983
Great Hall of the Bruckner Haus, Linz Concert Performance of the Opera “Oberon” by C. M. v. Weber

26.10 1982
Great Hall of the Bruckner Haus , Linz J.S. Bach. “Magnificat” and K .Rapf, “Passio Aaeterna”

Sommer 1982
First participation in the Bregenz Summer Festival, J. Strauss: “Der Zigeunerbaron”, and G. Donizetti, “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Oktober 1981
Television recordings for “Tosca on the Trampoline” with Otto Schenk

15.09.1981
Change of the name to “Concert Association of the Vienna Volksoper Chorus”

05.07.1981
Great Hall of the Bruckner Haus, Linz A. Bruckner: “Helgoland” in G Minor, WAB 71

17.05.1981
Great Hall of the Bruckner Haus, Linz. C. M. v. Weber concert performance of the Opera “Euryanthe”

Ende 70er
Renewed Concert Activity.

50er-70er Jahre
During this time there developed an active cooperation with the Vienna Funkorchester. Numerous Recordings under renowned conductors such as Franz Bauer-Theussl and Argeo Quadri

04.04.1947
Great Hall of the Musikverein, L. v. Beethoven, “Christ on the Mount of Olives” with the Academischer Orchesterverein under Leopold Emmer and the soloists Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Erich Majkut, and Franz Bierbaum (all from the Vienna State Opera)

23.02 1947
First public concert of the Concert Association in the Musikverein Vienna, H. Berlioz: “The Childhood of Christ”

1946
Foundation of the Association as “Choral Association of the State Volksoper”, with the goal, in addition to the arduous activities of a professional opera and operetta chorus to maintain a high artistic level of concert repertoire. The first artistic director is Leopold Emmer from the Vienna State Opera.

Quotation

„A choral concert of superlatives"

 

„The Volksoper Chorus was outstanding, as always“

Current

The "Austrian Musical Theatre Award" in the category "Best Chorus" for 2017 has been awarded to us, the Vienna Volksoper Chorus!

"The widely varied Repertoire of the Volksoper Vienna presents a challenge to the chorus, which they master with brilliance and elan. Whether in Opera or in Musical, every note that the singers sing is perfectly placed and their enthusiasm carries over to the audience", was the Jury`s verdict.

With this fantastic piece of good news we start our new season and wish our audience many beautiful and entertaining evenings in our Opera House!

 

Press

"Die Gesangsleistungen werden durch den erstklassig agierenden Chor und Zusatzchor der Volksoper Wien unter der Einstudierung von Thomas Böttcher ergänzt."
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Contact:

 Konzertvereinigung Volksopernchor,  Währingerstraße 78, 1090 Wien; oder per e-mail an: info@kv-volksopernchor.at

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