Volksoper, Vienna (Austria) • 16 December 2006 • 7pm
Performed in German, with supertitles in English.
The Volksoper’s production of The Sound of Music (which has played in repertory for a while) might not be as lavish as the current London revival, but it is a decent, honest production well worth seeing. It remains relatively faithful to the original, although “Something Good” has been added.
One might think The Sound of Music, with its affirmation of Austrian pride, could have become a staple of the Viennese musical theatre repertory, and that “Edelweiss” could have become a sort of secondary national anthem. No. My friends assure me it is viewed as “just another American musical.”
Well, neither Les Misérables nor Irma la Douce have become French national treasures… (and they were written by French people…)