The operetta town of Bad Ischl
The Lehár Festival
It's not just Emperor Franz Josef who permanently shaped Bad Ischl but Franz Lehár & co. too. Franz Lehár had his best ideas in Bad Ischl. The annual Lehár Festival was launched by the town of Bad Ischl as thanks for this.
How did it all begin
Bad Ischl, where representatives of the Golden and Silver Operetta era had their summer residences, was the most suitable place to pay homage to the operetta: Franz Lehár, honorary citizen of the town, regular guest at the Goldener Ochs, wrote his great international successes here.
The Bad Ischl Operetta Festival was founded in 1961 under the name "International Society – The Operetta".
It was led in the beginnings by the mayor Franz Müllegger and director Josef Flandera. The musical and artistic direction and conducting was taken over by Professor Eduard Macku, who held these positions until 1995 and established the major success of the Bad Ischl Operetta Festival. Several years after foundation, the society was converted into an association, which has roughly 300 members today. There was one crucial change in 1974 when Dr. Silvia Müller took over management of the association. The original concert offerings now also had theatre performances added under her leadership. Thanks to her successful concept, Bad Ischl became part of the international festival calendar and the Lehár Festival was born.
Bad Ischl Kongresshaus
Home to the Lehár Festival since the start. Situated in the middle of the spa park it offers the perfect setting within earshot of busts of Lehár and Kálmánn.
In summer 2016 the programme includes "The Bat" and the rarely performed "The Rose of Stamboul".
Plan your Bad Ischl operetta visits today. The team at the Goldener Ochs will be happy to provide you with information about the programme and organise the tickets you want. Send us a non-binding enquiry or book directly online.