The choir of the Volksoper Wien stands out for its versatility, which results from the wide-ranging repertoire of the traditional Viennese opera house. During the theatre season, the members of the choir perform almost daily in opera, operetta and musical. In addition, the choir also interprets classical concert literature, for example as part of the performances of the Vienna State Ballet. All these different genres not only require flexible and versatile stylistic skills in the area of vocal technique, they also demand great acting skills.
Roger Díaz-Cajamarca has been the new choir director since the 2022/23 season; Holger Kristen has been deputy choir director since 2012. The choir consists of 64 singers from more than 17 nations who are at all stages of their artistic careers and have a sound musical training.
Ever since the Volksoper Wien – founded in 1898 as the "Kaiser-Jubiläums-Stadttheater" – focused on music theatre at the beginning of the 20th century, the choir of the house has also played an important role. Since its founding, numerous outstanding choir directors have led the singers to a high artistic level, including particularly prominent names such as composer Franz Schreker (deputy choir director 1907-08), Prof. Franz Gerstacker (1964-1991) and Prof. Michael Tomaschek (1991-2012).
In recent years, the Volksoper choir has performed several times in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, concert tours have taken it to Japan and to the Finnish Savonlinna Opera Festival, and it has made guest appearances at the Mörbisch as well as the Bregenz Festival, among others. In 2017, the Volksoper Vienna Choir was awarded the Austrian Music Theatre Prize as "Best Choir".