The Gypsy Baron

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May 2021 Next

The sly Sándor Bárinkay returns to the place of his ancestors, picks the pretty and confident Saffi as his lover and is instantly declared the Gypsy Baron. But their idyll is destroyed by Count Homonay, who is recruiting soldiers for an impending war in the noman’s-land of the Habsburg monarchy.

The world premiere of this operetta in 1885 granted Johann Strauss his greatest stage success within his lifetime.

Program and cast

Conductor: Alfred Eschwé
Director: Peter Lund
Stage design: Ulrike Reinhard
Costumes: Daria Kornysheva
Choreography: Florian Hurler
Choir production: Thomas Böttcher

Count Peter Homonay: Marco Di Sapia
Conte Carnero, Royal Commissioner: Boris Eder
Kálmán Zsupán, a rich pig breeder in Banat: Kurt Rydl
Arsena, his daughter: Anita Götz
Mirabella, her educator: Regula Rosin
Ottokar, her son: David Sitka
Saffi, gypsy girl: Katrin Adel 
Czipra, Gypsy: Martina Mikelić

Volksoper Vienna

Public transport:

Underground line U6
Trams 40, 41, 42
Bus 40A
Stop "Währinger Straße / Volksoper"

A taxi stand is located at Währinger Gürtel.
Parking garages in WIFI and AKH


The Volksoper is Vienna’s main stage for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet, offering sophisticated musical entertainment. Colourful, eclectic and full of vitality, it is the only theatre dedicated to the genre of operetta.

Operetta belongs to Vienna and Vienna installed it at the home of operetta, Volksopera Vienna, which thereupon became the leading operetta house in the world. First class singers, actors and dancers together with a versatile orchestra cunjure up a musical firework display every evening.

Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán wrote their world famous beloved melodies for operettas such as “The Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and “The Csárdás Princess”. A visit to at least one of these operettas at the Volksopera Vienna is a must for every visitor to Vienna!

Also performed are operas from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as classic musicals and ballet. In addition, the Volksoper has a fifth longstanding and proven speciality: it stages soirées, cabaret and burlesque performances under the name of “Volksoper Spezial”.

In the repertory theatre, which seats 1,337 persons, some 300 performances of around 35 different productions are staged every year between September and June.

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