Presented to the Scala in Milan in 1892, Catalani's opera remained a rarity. Famous was only Wally's Arie "Ebben! Ne andrò lontana". Catalani's music dares a bridge between Italian and German influences - a path that the composer, who died 39 years after the premiere, could not continue. The musical direction of the new production at the Volksoper takes over Marc Piollet, the production is in the hands of the internationally successful director Aron Stiehl.