Theater an der Wien, Sujet 2016/17

Peer Gynt

Opera in three acts (1938)

Music by Werner Egk                     

Libretto by Werner Egk

based on the dramatic poem (1876) on the same name by Henrik Ibsen

Director Peter Konwitschny

In German with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: 17. 2. 2017

Werner Egk composed Peer Gynt in 1937/38 as a commission from the Berlin State Opera where he had been engaged as principal conductor since 1936. Henrik Ibsen's fantastical play about a feckless egomaniac's search for the meaning of life gave Egk the opportunity to write a varied score in which — stylistically close to Kurt Weill — he incorporated elements such as the Charleston, the tango, muted trumpets and the saxophone which were actually things the National Socialists disapproved of at the time. Despite this, the opera received the endorsement of the regime: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels appeared to like it. Egk succeeded in continuing his career after 1945, and his operas remained in the repertoire. From a musical standpoint, Peer Gynt is worth a closer look, possessing as it does a unique musical language: colourful mood paintings, strong characterisations and evocation of the realm of the trolls that uses trenchant rhythms and elements of satire to create thrilling musical theatre.

As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.


Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien

Tickets & Info

  • 25 - 148 €


Current Dates

  • Wed. 22 Feb 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 25 Feb 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 27 Feb 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 01 Mar 2017, 7 p.m.