Vienna Opera House
Getting Under The Skin Of Classic Viennese Culture
Vienna Opera House. If you are determined to get under the skin of authentic classical culture in my hometown, visit and spend a night at the Vienna State Opera. Be aware though that this super popular venue can be as approachable as a diva when it comes to opera evenings or the Vienna opera ball. Before you give up on it (which you shouldn't), read my insider tips and resources below.
Our state opera is the most famous opera house in town, powered by probably the world's best opera orchestra and opera choir, not to speak of a range of world famous singers such as Edita Gruberova and Anna Netrebko. It is also reported to be the opera house with the biggest repertory in the world. Visit Vienna State Opera for an overview of the season's plays and securing tickets.
The Vienna State Opera House's repertoire comprises around 50 operas and 20 ballets per season (1st September to 30th June).
However, performances at this venue sell fast and are typically 98 percent sold out. Go to booking Vienna Opera to see what plays are on at the State Opera, and at Vienna's three other opera houses.
Mozart operas continue to play a key role at the Vienna State Opera. In the season 2012/2013, four of Mozart's 22 operas will be set on stage.
I have put together the top 10 Mozart operas that are regularly played in Vienna, including the Magic Flute Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and Idomeneo, for further reference.
If you have kids, take them to specially designed operas for children. There are a few venues in Vienna which offer kids a great introduction into the world of opera. Performances are usually one hour, and are either adaptation of classical operas or bespoke operas written for children. One of the venues is the Vienna Opera for children which takes place in a large tent right on the roof of the Vienna State Opera.
Few people know that they can tour the opera house without having to buy tickets for a performance. The Vienna opera tour is a one hour guided tour through the opera house.
You will see rooms which are usually closed to the public, such as the gorgeous Emperor's tearoom, learn about famous opera directors, from Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler to Herbert von Karajan.
Once a year, the opera house rips off all seats in its stalls and replaces them with an elegant dance floor. The Vienna Opera Ball is a local cultural institution, attracting almost 6,000 visitors every year. You can (actually must) dress up ultra glamorously, be happy to pony up a few hundred Euros, and be lucky enough to grab tickets in order to attend this top European socialite event. Learn about the Vienna Opera Ball and what it takes to get in.
Live Streaming And Free Open Air Opera
These two attractions are wonderful because they open up the Vienna opera house, making it easy, cheap and cheerful to experience opera. During April, May, June and September you can watch free live operas on a large video screen mounted at a side wall of the opera building. The opera house's live streaming service lets you watch local opera performances from your home, live or on demand, for EUR 14. A nice way to stay in touch once you are back home.
At the Vienna State Opera you can see the world's most famous opera singers. Anna Netrebko, Edita Gruberova, Roberto Alagna, Charles Castronovo and others regularly perform in leading roles at the Vienna opera house.
Read more about the 10 most famous opera singers at the Vienna opera.
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