Staatsoperette – Die Austrotragödie [State Operetta – The Austro-Tragedy] in two acts, a 2015 music theatre version by Michael Mautner and Irene Suchy (2015) of Franz Novotny and Otto M. Zykan’s 1977 made-for-TV movie Staatsoperette.

World première.

Dates in Vienna 13th, 16th, 17th & 18th of September 2016, Vienna

begin 7.00 p.m.

lectures at 06.20 p.m.

tickets: sale of subscriptions starting at 25th of February, tickets available from 13ths of June 2016

duration approx. 1 3/4 hours

Dates in Bregenz 2.nd & of August 2016, Bregenzer Festspiele, Werkstattbühne

begin 8.00 p.m.

lectures at 7:15 p.m. (free entrance)

more information about the Bregenz performances here


The interwar period and Austro-Fascism still represent a historical era of Austrian politics with which the country has not yet fully come to terms. In 1977, the movie Die Staatsoperette by Otto M. Zykan and director Franz Novotny took on questions about that period in a provocative way. The production caused a severe scandal and was broadcast only once, in 1977. At the time, composer Otto M. Zykan was also planning a version for the stage, but he never had the opportunity to complete or perform it. Now, however, Irene Suchy and composer Michael Mautner have reworked this fragment into a performable stage version. Their version’s use of puppets to represent the political protagonists makes clear the exchangeability between historical eras while showing how the power of established political interests and various lobbies still continues to rule the political world today. Puppeteer Nikolaus Habjan himself wll be coaching in his art the singers of the other lead roles.

Cast: Barbara Pöltl, Die Rechte Laura Schneiderhan, Die Linke Camillo dell'Antonio, Seipl Hagen Matzeit, Hitler & Dollfuß Marco Di Sapia, Rintelen, Pfrimer, Bauer Gernot Heinrich, Mussolini & Fürst Starhemberg Dieter Kschwendt-Michel, Schuschnigg Stephan Rehm, Kommentator Thomas Weinhappel, Polizeipräsident & Wallisch

Musical Director Walter Kobéra / Director Simon Meusburger / Lightdesign Norbert Chmel / Choir Master Michael Grohotolsky / Puppen Nikolaus Habjan

Wiener Kammerchor

amadeus ensemble-wien


Coproduction with the Bregenzer Festspiele