Vienna switches Carmen for Peter Pan

Vienna switches Carmen for Peter Pan


norman lebrecht

September 17, 2020

A colleague who was due to see Carmen at the Vienna Volksoper tonight just got a message saying it was cancelled. They are playing Peter Pan instead.

He took the refund.

wir müssen Sie leider darüber informieren, dass die Volksoper HEUTE am Donnerstag, den 17. September 2020 ihr Programm geändert hat. Much to our reget we have to inform you, that the program for TODAY Thursday, September 17th has been changed.

Statt “Carmen” wird “Peter Pan”gespielt. Instead of “Carmen ” there will be a performance of “Peter Pan”.


  • Michaeltrumpet says:

    I would too

  • V. Lind says:

    So would I. Casting difficulties?

  • Steve says:

    Peter Pan is a ballet. They thought someone had COVID-19 so they changed, later in the day they found out the test was negative but it was too late to refer.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    I am not sure how good the performance of Carmen would have been. I have only attended Die Fledermaus there. An atrocious performance singing wise, even though the orchestra was good. Never again.

  • Blazing Star says:

    I’d have taken Peter Pan.

  • Mvarc says:

    If I had a ticket for Carmen in German in what seems a relatively traditional production (no criticism of the Volksoper intended) and, for unavoidable reasons, the performance had to be cancelled and replaced by a recent (2019) ballet version of Peter Pan, I’d have thought “well, I’d not had anything else planned for this evening, I might as well stay!”

    According to George Bernard Shaw, Peter Pan, which first appeared on stage, later a novel and much later filmed, was “ostensibly a holiday entertainment for children but really a play for grown-up people.”

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    I’m impressed that, instead of no performance at all, they had something up their sleeve to replace it!

  • Inaustria says:

    The production of “Peter Pan” is marvelous. Especially the dancers in the main roles. (Peter, Tinkerbell and especially Lazlo Benedek as Captain Hook)

  • Magnus Pike says:

    It could be worse folks, they could an Andrew Lloyd Wagner!

  • Edgar Self says:

    InIn Scottish J. M. Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan is a boy who never grows up but lives on the island of Neverland with the Lost Boys, flying with fairies, &tc. It was a frequent trouser role on stage and film. Sounds familiar. It’s often applied to delayed maturity or prolonged male childhood or eternal boyhood and the like.