The Devil on Earth

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May 2022 Next

„The Devil on Earth“, which emerged between Franz von Suppé’s big hits „Fatinitza“ and „Boccaccio“, was first performed at the Vienna Carltheater in 1878.

The Devil has vanished from hell! The servant of hell Ruprecht is ordered to go and look for him on Earth where he is joined by angel Rupert, a mismatched companion.

Program and cast

Conductor: Alfred Eschwé
Ruprecht, servant of hell: Robert Meyer
Rupert, angel off duty: Christian Graf
Amanda, nun / Amalia, ward / Amira, dance pupil: Theresa Dax
Isabella, nun / Isolde, ward / Ilvy, dance pupil: Johanna Arrouas
Reinhart, scoundrel / Reinwald, cadet / Reiner, dance pupil: David Sitka
Isidor, Halunke / Isbert, cadet / Immanuel, dance pupil: Carsten Süss
Mother Aglaja, head of the monastery / Colonel Donnersbach, head of the company / Satan: Marco Di Sapia
Haderer, hell porter / Thomas, monastery porter / Vice Lieutenant Nebel, spit / Willy Höll: Michael Havlicek
Mrs Zimmermann-Großfeldt, ball organiser: Verena Scheitz

Direction, stage design and costumes: Hinrich Horstkotte
Choreography: Florian Hurler
Choir rehearsal: Thomas Böttcher
Dramaturgy: Carla Neppl, Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz

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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