Vienna Opera to stage work by child composer

Vienna Opera to stage work by child composer


norman lebrecht

April 05, 2017

The company has released next season’s programme. It includes an opera, Cinderella, by the British child prodigy, Alma Deutscher. Full details:

Prokofiev, The Gambler (4. October 2017 – D: Simone Young; R: Karoline Gruber; mit: Dan Paul Dumitrescu, Elena Guseva, Misha Didyk, Linda Watson, Thomas Ebenstein, Elena Maximova, Morten Frank Larsen);

Berg, Lulu (3 December 2017 – D: Ingo Metzmacher; R: Willy Decker; mit: Agneta Eichenholz, Angela Denoke,
Bo Skovhus, Herbert Lippert, Franz Grundheber);

Handel, Ariodante (24 February 2018 – D: William  Christie; R: David McVicar; mit: Sarah Connolly, Chen Reiss, Hila Fahima, Christophe Dumaux, Rainer Trost, Pavel Kolgatin, Wilhelm Schwinghammer);

Von Einem, Dantons Tod (24. March 2018 – D: Susanna Mälkki; R: Josef Ernst Köpplinger; mit: Wolfgang Koch, Herbert Lippert, Jörg Schneider, Thomas Ebenstein, Olga Bezsmertna);

Saint-Saëns, Samson et Dalila (12. May 2018 – D: Marco Armiliato; R: Alexandra Liedtke; mit: Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Álvarez, Sorin Coliban)

Weber, Der Freischütz (11. June 2018 – D: Tomáš Netopil, R: Christian Räth; mit Adrian Eröd, Camilla Nylund, Alan Held, Andreas Schager, Daniela Fally, Albert Dohmen)


Alma Deutschers Cinderella (28. January 2018 in der AGRANA STUDIOBÜHNE| WALFISCHGASSE; D: N. N.; R: Birgit Kajtna)

Alma Deutscher is 12 years old. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was 13 when his balet, The Snowman, was staged at the Vienna Opera, in the presence of the Emperor Franz-Josef.


  • Simon S. says:

    So sad the Emperor will probably not make it this time.

  • Nik says:

    This is a silly headline. I almost scrolled past the article until I realised that it’s about the season announcement.

    • Max Grimm says:

      The headline is quite correct; the person who composed the work was then and is still a child and the Vienna Opera [company] will stage it, although not on the stage of the actual Vienna State Opera house but at the 175-222 seat Agrana Theater around the corner.

      • Nik says:

        I didn’t say that the information was wrong, but it is hardly the key event of the season. The headline makes it look like the article is mainly about Alma Deutscher’s ballet.

        • Jaybuyer says:

          Die Zeit calls it an opera, Norman calls it an opera, you call it a ballet. You won’t be going, then?

  • pooroperaman says:

    At 11 or whatever she is, Alma Deutscher is still more mature than Charlotte Gill.

  • RW2013 says:

    Der Schneemann will be a hard act to follow.

  • Observer says:

    Let’s stop for a moment and remember Peter Schickele’s comments about the opera “Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice” by P.D.Q. Bach, which was commissioned by the Vienna Opera Company, run at that time by Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Vienna and their little boy Rudy…

  • David Boxwell says:

    Alma IS the new Erich Wolfgang Korngold!!!

    • Myrtar says:

      Belated April’s Fools’ Day ?

    • clarrieu says:

      Am I really the only one to find this an embarrassing joke? Can we please start speaking of “genius” when (if) she produces in some years something else than this childish uninspired Mozartian plagiarism?