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. 


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

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

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

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

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”

Benefit Concert Artists helping Children

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

Participation in the Christmas Concert of the Vienna Volksoper

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

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

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

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

Participation in a gala concert in the Vienna Volksoper

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

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”

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

Operetta Concert in Burgarena Finkenstein

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

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”

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

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

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"

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”

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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.


„A choral concert of superlatives"


„The Volksoper Chorus was outstanding, as always“



Lively and tuneful selections from our choral repertoire, from The Magic Flute,

Tales of Hoffmann, The Bat, etc. 



Summer 2019, Guest Appearance of the Vienna Volksoper in Savonlinna, Finland with "Die Fledermaus"

From July 30th to August 3rd the Vienna Volksoper appeared for the second time at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finnland and delighted the Finnish audience just as it did in 2015.

"No wonder the Vienna Volksoper is known as the best operetta Theatre of the world. Everything is thoroughly grounded in quality and tradition" - Itä-Savo


"Fledermaus" - Operetta Summer Kufstein 
We are proud to participate in "The Bat" by Johann Strauss in the Kufstein Castle From August 2nd -17th, 2019 we enjoyed tremendous acclam with the resounding success of the "Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss in the Kufstein Castle.
Musical Direction: Guido Mancusi, Stage Direction: Karl Absenger

"Outstanding singers, really funny comedians and a fireworks display of melodies. "Die Fledermaus" crowns the operetta summer of the Kufstein Castle.

" is by far the best performance we have heard in the Kufstein Castle to date..." Tiroler Tageszeitung, August 4th, 2019




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!



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


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