Neue Oper Wien was founded in 1990. It specialized in modern music theatre, thus ending the almost complete absence thereof in Vienna and in Austria at the beginning of the 1990s. Since 1994, Neue Oper Wien has adhered to the uncompromising policy of programming only works of the 20th and 21st centuries. New discoveries as well as world and territorial premières are central to the company’s work. An additional aspect is the revival of modern opera repertoire that has disappeared from the stage over time.

With neither its own venue nor a constant ensemble, Neue Oper Wien wishes to remain unburdened and flexible; its credo is not only to explore new worlds of sound, but also new spaces and locations. With the concept of seeking out venues according to the works to be performed, the spaces become part of the ensemble, the scenery is adapted closely to the space, and the acoustics of the new space are tried out and developed.

Under the leadership of Prof. Walter Kobéra, Neue Oper Wien demonstrates that innovation and audience acceptance are not mutually exclusive, and that “modern opera” and innovative stagings need not pose a “threat” to music lovers, but much rather give birth to intense discussion. Neue Oper Wien lives music theatre as a place to confront topical and social policy issues. The laboratory of “new music”, where the composer, librettist and producer work together closely, will be continued and developed further in the years to come.



Prof. Walter Kobéra is one of the leading conductors working in the field of contemporary music theater. With numerous Austrian and world premières under his baton over the last few years, he has come to play an important and crucial role in shaping Viennese musical life. Kobéra has served as musical director of Neue Oper Wien since 1991 and as its overall director since 1993.

At the age of seven he began studying violin at Vienna City Conservatory. From 1978 to 2002 he was a member of the Tonkünstler-Orchestra Niederösterreich, where his activities also included work as a conductor and a musical assistant to Isaac Karabtchevsky and Fabio Luisi. In 1986 he founded his amadeus ensemble wien, which repertoire ranges from baroque sacred music to Viennese Classicism and on to symphonic music and opera – particularly that of the 20th and 21st century. His interpretations of Alban Berg’s “Lulu”, Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Bud”, Helmut Lachenmann’s “Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” or Peter Eötvös’ “PARADISE RELOADED (LILITH)” (its première was dedicated to Walter Kobéra and the Neue Oper Wien) were enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike.

His artistic work with KlangBogen Wien and the Vienna Festival goes back many years. 2005, under his leadership, saw the first guest appearance by Neue Oper Wien at the Nederlands KamerOpera Festival in Zwolle, where further guest appearances are planned. In 2006 the first appearance of Neue Oper Wien at the Bregenz Festival took place. He has led numerous concerts with Austrian and European symphony orchestras such as the Tonkünstler-Orchestra Niederösterreich, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, the Wiener Concert-Verein and the ensemble die reihe. Alongside numerous concerts and opera performances, he also has CD and broad- cast recordings to his credit, with programmes including Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, Verdi’s “Macbeth”, Wolfram Wagner’s “Endlich Schluss” and Richard Dünser’s “Radek“. At the invitation of the Theater an der Wien Walter Kobéra conducted the premiere recording of Iain Bell’s “A Hidden Place” (with Diana Damrau) as well as the 2010 production of Kurt Weill’s “Die sieben Todsünden”. In December 2013 he celebrated his debut at the Cologne Opera.

Prof. Walter Kobéra teaches on the subject of modern music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and serves on the juries of several international vocal competitions.

Punch und Judy

Punch and Judy

Opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle 

A tragical comedy or comical tragedy  in 1 act (1966-1967).

"Punch and Judy" wins 2 of 3 cetegories at Armel Opera Competition and Festival 2014:

the ARTE Audience Award & the prize for Best Production

Guest performance at Armel Opera Festival Budapest

14th of October, 7.00p.m. Erkel Theatre, Tickets

Live via Livestream on arte_concert

Past Performances in Vienna

Premiere: 22nd of May 2014,  7.30p.m.
Further performances: 25th & 28th of  May; 3rd & 5th of June 2014
Kammeroper, Fleischmarkt 24, 1010  Vienna
A short lecture to the piece will be held  by Walter Kobéra before each  performance: 6:45 pm

Mr. Punch and  Judy are puppet characters that are quite popular in England and occupy a status comparable to that of the Kasperltheater genre in Austria.
To this day, the opera has retained its polarizing effect. Just a few minutes into the action, Mr. Punch brutally murders his own child and Judy — and as the plot progresses, he ends up killing almost everyone else he encounters. Only Pretty Polly, whom he practically worships, is allowed by him to live. Harrison Birtwistle and his librettist Stephen Pruslin created a stylized tragedy full of grotesque moments, the music of which is just as capable of portraying a monstrous being as it is of portraying love.
Pretty Polly / Witch: Jennifer Yoon
Judy / Fortune teller: Manuela Leonhartsberger
Lawyer: Lorin Wey
Punch: Richard Rittelmann
Choregos / Jack Ketch: Till von Orlowsky
Doctor: Johannes Schwendinger
Dancer: Evamaria Mayer

Composition Sir Harrison Birtwistle / Libretto & Szenario Stephen Pruslin / Musical Director Walter Kobéra / Director Leonard Prinsloo / Stage & Costume Design Monika Biegler / Light Design Norbert Chmel / Video Design Bernd Preiml

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In English with english subtitles.

A production of Neue Oper Wien
In cooperation with the Armel Opera Festival, Festival d'Avignon and Fesival at the Slovak National Theatre Bratislava.
The production will be broadcasted on via Livestreem on arte concert from Armel Opera Festivalon 14th of October 2014



by Manfred Trojahn 

Music theater work in six scenes by a libretto of the composer (2009–11).

first Austrian performance

Opening night: 28. October 2014,  7.30p.m.
Further performances: 30th October &, 3rd & 4th November 2014
Halle E, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Vienna 
An introduction to the piece will be held by Walter Kobéra before each show: 7.15p.m.

Orest, main character of the piece, not able to get over his actions in the past is constantly suffering. Driven by a crises of conscience he fights against his inner self unifying the roles of the judge and the defendant in the hope for salvation.
Orest: Klemens Sander
Menelaos: Dan Chamandy
Apollon/Dyonisos: Gernot Heinrich
Hermione: Avelyn Francis
Helena: Jennifer Davison
Elektra: Jolene McCleland

Composition & Libretto Manfred Trojahn / Musical Director Walter Kobéra / Director Philipp M. Krenn / Set & Costume Design Nikolas Webern / Light Design Norbert Chmel / Choir Director Michael Grohotolsky

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Wiener Kammerchor


junge oper wien 2014

BORG Mistelbach

With junge oper wien, 2012 saw Neue Oper Wien launch a music appreciation program tailored specifically to young people. junge oper wien is meant to provide young people with the opportunity to be amazed by music theater and to approach it both creatively and with open ears. Music theater, with its diverse ties to other art forms and the wide variety of professions that play into it, is particularly well-suited as a means of bringing young people together with contemporary music. The sponsoring program p[ART], currently in its initial three years (2012–2014) of existence, provides financial support from KulturKontakt Austria to partnerships between schools and cultural institutions. NOW’s partner school for this period is the secondary school BORG Mistelbach. 

participative – creative – integrative
These are the main tenets of junge oper wien’s activities. The main focus is on facilitating young people’s active participation in the project at hand. Starting from the production currently in progress, relevant thematic fields are first explained, discussed, and worked with. It is extremely important to provide the school students with ways of relating to the work’s themes. The second step, then, is about getting creative. The students join together with Neue Oper Wien team members to develop their own music theater work. In doing so, they take on various roles, trying their hands at composition, directing, stage and costume design, and singing and playing instruments. The young participants’ individual strengths and interests are discovered, encouraged and integrated into a mutual working process.


Schönberg in Erwartung

Eine sinnliche Traumreise.

Opening night: 21st of April 2015

Preformances: 23rd, 25th and 26th of April 2015

Begin: 7.30 p.m

Venue: ems lounge, Dietrichg. 25, 1030 Vienna

An introduction will be held by Walter Kobéra before each show at 7.15 p.m.

Das Buch der hängenden Gärten - The Book of the Hanging Gardens (op.15, for chamber orchestra by Richard Dünser, 2010)

Entreacte  (world premiere by Richard Dünser)

Erwartung - Expectation(op.17, for chamber orchestra by Faradsch Karaew, 1999)


In Schönberg’s oeuvre, the song cycle The Book of the Hanging Gardens and the music drama Erwartung [Expectation] reflect two basic components of the atmosphere that prevailed back when they were written, shortly after 1900: a new beginning and anxiety.

Two female voices guide the listener into contrasting dream-worlds. The erotic love dream of the Hanging Gardens is countered by the anxious nightmare of the modern individual in Erwartung. The aimless desire of the first work becomes a fear-laden search in the second, as a glistening world of seduction peters out into threatening desolation.

An interlude, Entreacte, will serve on the instrumental level to add density to these two emotional journeys while also giving rise to a context within which they relate to one another. The resulting musical and dramaturgical symbiosis promises to offer a new perspective on these works

Mezzosoprano:Verena Gunz

SopranoMagdalena Anna Hofmann

Musical Director Walter Kobéra / Director Elisabeth Gabriel / Stage Design Hans Kudlich / Costume Design Ingrid Leibezeder / Light Design Norbert Chmel

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Tickets EUR 25 & 40 by March 2015, for more information klick here

Die Nase

by Dimitri Schostakowitsch

Opera in 3 acts and 1 epilogue according to the novella by Nikolai W. Gogol

Operning night: 22nd of September 2015

Further Performances: 26th, 28th, 30th of September & 1st of October 2015

Begin: 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Kammeroper, Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Vienna

An introduction will be held by Walter Kobéra before each performance at 6.45 p.m.

Platon Kuzmich Kovalev wakes up one morning, and something is funny, something is different, something is missing. Yes, that’s it: his nose! A man without a nose—there’s no telling what consequences this might have, on the job and in society at large. And then there’s this nose that aspires to individuality, independence. It could only be a bad dream!

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich skillfully underscored the absurdity of Gogol’s original story by employing a patchwork of musical forms. And the work he created channels the power of art to engage in pointed and merciless criticism in a way that is most entertaining. Its erstwhile pillorying of power-hungriness in all the forms in which it was to be found in Russian society has since proven timeless and universally valid.

Platon Kusmitsch Kowaljoff: Marco Di Sapia

Iwan Jakowlewitsch: Igor Bakan

The Nose: Alexander Kaimbacher

Sergeant: Pablo Cameselle

With: Tamara Gallo, Megan Kahts, Ethel Merhaut, Karl Huml, Georg Klimbacher und Lorin Wey 

Composition & Libretto Dimitri Schostakowitsch / Musical Director Walter Kobéra / Director Matthias Oldag / Stage & Costume Design Frank Fellmann / Choir Director Michael Grohotolsky / Light Design Norbert Chmel

Vienna Chamber Choir

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Coproduction with the CAFe Festival Budapest and Palace of Arts Budapest

Tickets available with 24th of August 2015 (29 - 51€)

Information about subscribtions for the Kammeroper: oder

Judith / Schnitt_Blende


World premiere by Judith Unterpertinger


Opening night: 22nd of October 2015

Ort: Hofstallung mumok, MuseumsQuartier Wien

who are you?

i know

do i know you

your head.

do i know you?

I know you.

This world première of a work by Austrian composer Judith Unterpertinger revolves around the figure of Judith in light of various aspects, perceptions and personal relationships. Her merging of different art forms into one performance creates its own Judith figures, the thoughts of whom are laid bare, and whose voices one is allowed to accompany along their paths.

Composition & Staging Judith UnterpertingerLibretto Magdalena Knapp-Menzel / Artistic Director Walter Kobéra / Choreography and Staging Katharina WeinhuberVideo Catherine Ludwig / Camera Wolf Leeb / Sounddesign Christine Bauer / Lichtdesign Norbert Chmel

Dancing Martina Haager /  Voice1 Claudia Cervenca /  Voice2 Elisabeth Kanettis/  Voice3 Anna Maria Pammer /  Clavichord Manon Liu Winter /  Bassoon  Robert Gillinger /  Viola da Gamba Eva Neunhäuserer

Tickets ab Herbst 2015 (25 €)

junge oper wien 2015

partizipativ – kreativ – integrativ

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participative – creative – integrative

Following three years of cooperation with the secondary school BORG Mistelbach as part of the youth education program junge oper wien, 2015 will see Neue Oper Wien begin working with its new partner school, the secondary school AHS Geringergasse in Vienna’s 11th district. The objective of Neue Oper Wien remains the same: to instill in young people a lasting appreciation for contemporary music theatre via a low-threshold and individualized approach.

The school students will approach music theatre as such from several different perspectives, and a composing workshop that culminates in a staged production will enable them to develop their own music theatre work.

This year’s collaborative program will place the students firmly at the center of attention as musicians, composers, and directors. This independent creative process, which runs parallel to the performance schedule of Neue Oper Wien, is meant to both ease their introduction to the material and make possible an even more intense experience of NOW’s performances.

Pupils of AHS Geringergasse, 1110 Wien

Concept: Axel Petri-Preis

Composition: Judith Unterpertinger

Choreography: Katharina Weinhuber


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

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Coproduction with the Bregenzer Festspiele

Pallas Athene weint

opera in 1 prelude and 3 acts

date 25th, 27th, 28th and 29th of October 2016, 07.00 p.m.

venue Halle E MuseumsQuartier

Pallas Athene Mareike Jankowski

Sokrates Klemens Sander

Alkibiades Franz Gürtelschmied

Meletos Lorin Wey

Meton Yevheniy Kapitula

Althea Barbara Zamek

Naurarchos Kristán Jóhannesson*

Agis Karl Huml

Timaea Megan Kahts

Lysander Hanzhang Tang*

Brasidas Kristján Jóhannesson*

Ktesippos Savva Tikhonov

artistic director Walter Kobéra / director Christoph Zauner / stage & set design Jörg Brombacher / costume desing Mareile von Stritzky / Lichtdesign Norbert Chmel / Choirmaster Michael Grohotolsky

Wiener Kammerchor

Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich


Gefördert durch die Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung

*In Zusammenarbeit mit Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien

Le Malentendu

Das Missverständnis

based on the theatre piece by Albert Camus

World premiere

Dates: 21st, 24th, 25th; 27th of February 2017, Semper-Depot Vienna

Begin 07.00 p.m.

lecture 06.20 p.m.

tickets here


A work about home, returning home, and human beings’ divergent development over time. Following 20 years of absence, a man returns to his home village. He books a room at a place run by his mother and sister, but refrains from revealing himself as the long-lost son and brother. He’s keen on observing his family’s life, getting to know them from a distance and seeing whether they’ll recognize him at some point. While he keeps the two women ignorant of his true identity, he cannot know that they, too, have a secret: for years, now, they have been murdering and robbing their guests in order to someday have the means to leave the close confines of their village. As the plot unfolds, all three protagonists remain captives of their respective roles—and the impending tragedy runs its course. Only after the deed has been done, when they look through their victim’s papers, do the two women finally realize just who their victim was.


Interview with Fabian Panisello

With: Gan-Ya Ben Gur Akselrod, Anna Davidson, Edna Prochnik, Kristján Jóhannesson und Dieter Kschwendt-Michel

Libretto Juan Lucas / Musical Director Walter Kobéra / Director Christoph Zauner / Stage Design & Costume Design Diego Rojas Ortiz / Video Chris Ziegler / Sound design ChristinaBauer / Accoustics Alexis Baskind / Lightdesign Norbert Chmel

Die Antilope


Die Antilope opens to small talk at a company party as the employees await their boss. The boss duly appears and proceeds to elevate the vapidity of the previous conversations into an egocentric speech of his own until his nose starts to bleed. At this point, a cocky fellow named Victor takes up his speech and completely deconstructs it, pronouncing words that would seem to be made-up but are actually names of antelope species. The thoroughly intoxicated Victor jumps out the window and plunges into a night of grotesque non-communication, following which he suddenly finds himself back at the party. Dream, reality, or merely the result of consummate miscommunication?


Dates 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th of November 2017 (Austrian Territorial Première )

Venue Halle E MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

Begin 7.30 p.m.

Lectures with Artistic Director Walter Kobéra 8.45 p.m.

Tickets 51-29EUR

Victor Wolfgang Resch

Colleague1 / Woman1 / Sculpture Elisabeth Breuer

Colleague2 / Woman2 / Old Woman Maida Karisik

Secretary / Young Woman Passantin Bibiana Nwobilo

Colleague1 / Young Man / Doctor 1 Gernot Heinrich

Chef / Waiter / Doctor 2 / Guard Ardalan Jabbari

Colleague2 / Pedestrian / Doctor 3 Christian Kotsis

Composition Johannes Maria Staud / Libretto Durs Grünbein / Artistic Director Walter Kobéra / Director Dominique Mentha / Set Ingrid Erb & Werner Hutterli / Costumes Ingrid Erb / Lightdesign Norbert Chmel / Sound & Live-Elektronics Christina Bauer / Choir Master Michael Grohotolsky

Wiener Kammerchor

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A coproduction of Theater Luzern and the Lucerne Festival, Opera Köln, and Stiftung Haydn von Bozen und Trient – OPER.A 20.21 in cooperation with Wien Modern
Theater Bozen: 2 & 3 December 2017


Die Aufführungen in Wien werden unterstützt vom SKE Fonds und ÖSTIG.

A Quiet Place

Kammerversion - ÖEA

Version and adaption of the libretto by Garth Edwin Sunderland

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. A mother’s burial causes all of her family members to come together—and soon, the pot of emotions boils over. Conflicts into which the family members manoeuver themselves eventually force them to step back and reflect. Self-deconstruction leads to communication with one other and, in turn, to a new arrangement as a family. 

Dates 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th, 30st of March & 2nd of April 2018

Venue Kammeroper, Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Vienna

Begin at 7.30 p.m.

Lectures with Artistic Director Walter Kobéra at 6.45. p.m.

Tickets here


Sam Steven Scheschareg / Dede Katrin Targo / Junior Daniel Foki / Francois Nathan Haller

With: Rebecca Blanz, Veronika Dünser, Georg Klimbacher, Markus Miesenberg, Johannes Schwendinger und Savva Tikhonov

Vocal Ensemble: Maria Ladurner, Johanna Zachhuber, Bernd Hemedinger & Matthias Liener


Composition Leonard Bernstein / Libretto Stephen Wadsworth / Artistic Director Walter Kobéra / Director Philipp M. Krenn / Set & Costumes Christian Tabakoff / Lightdesign Norbert Chmel / Vocal Ensemble Antanina Kalechyts


Vocal Ensemble Vienna Chamber Choir

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Koproduction with MÜPA - Palace of Arts Budapest – Spring Festival 2018

Palace of Arts Budapest: 9. & 10. April 2018