The chameleon Musiktheater, designed by Terry Pawson, is an Autobot. We’ve so far seen Philip Glass’ world premiere of The Lost and last night we shook our Jil Sander-encased butts to musical theater at the Austrian premiere of Dempsey/Rowe The Witches of Eastwick. Leaving the theater from springy, velvet seats to the raked glass foyer overlooking the park, rich, dark woods that line the passageways still smell deliciously organic. The theater has cast off tradition and old school identifiers such as the central European standby of grand, central boxes for VIPs, cluttered proscenium arches and peacocking centerpiece chandeliers. The Landestheater sheds protocol. Power to the people.
As we explore the city on a sleepy, brisk Sunday, we’ll leave you with photos like the Danube and the classical music store, Pirngruber, on Landstrasse.