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PreviousJuly 2021

Opera in four acts (1858)
Music by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Libretto by Wlodzimierz Wolski


In Polish language with German surtitles
New production of the Theater an der Wien in co-production with the Teatr Wielki Warsaw



The landowner Stolnik wants to marry his daughter Zofia to the wealthy Janusz, at the estate they celebrate a wedding-eve with the young couple. Suddenly one hears from afar the lamenting song of a woman. Zofia takes pity, Janusz goes out to see if you can help. In front of the gate he has to find out what he feared already: The sad singer is Halka, a farm girl from his possessions, who was his mistress for a long time and whom he has now left for the sake of the rich heiress Zofia. However, he did not confess it to her, but simply left without an explanation. Halka has searched for him and still believes that Janusz will marry her, especially as she is expecting a child from him. To avoid a scandal and to get rid of her quickly, he lies to her again, assures her of his love, sends her away and claims that he wants to follow soon. She still waits hidden for him and does not listen to her friend Jontek, who loves her faithfully despite her attachment to Janusz and has even accompanied her on her search. He stubbornly tries to make Halka aware of the truth about Janusz's fraud. When she finally understands that a wedding is being prepared, she fearfully makes her presence felt in front of the gate again and again disturbs the party. Janusz comes out and hypocritically tells Jontek to bring the excited Halka home for reassurance. Finally the whole party arrives and is outraged by the interruption. Jontek and Halka are chased away, and finally Halka understands what is happening. In Janusz's home village the wedding is prepared the next morning, when Jontek and Halka burst in sadly and tell of Janusz's heartlessness. The villagers take sides for Halka, and the jubilation for the noble bride and groom is therefore somewhat restrained when they arrive. Janusz succeeds in distracting the compassionate Zofia from the sad, increasingly confused Halka and moves into the church with his bride. Jontek's faithful, accepting love cannot save Halka, while Janusz is married to Zofia in church, she plunges into the river and drowns. 

Program and cast

Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House 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 “season” 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.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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