When does the Vienna Boys Choir stage events in Vienna and how to get tickets? To help you experience the Wiener Sängerknaben during your stay, I’m sharing their schedule in 2020 at different locations and how to get tickets. Learn where best to hear their angelic voices, see them and even meet and greet the choir boys.
Almost every Sunday (except summer) the Vienna choir boys sing at Wiener Hofburgkapelle in the Imperial Palace. Most importantly, the traditional location also boasts excellent acoustics.
Vienna Boys Choir Schedule at Hofburg: every Sunday (from 4th October 2020), 9.15 am;
Location: Wiener Hofburgkapelle, Hofburg-Schweizerhof, A-1010 Vienna
Tickets: EUR 48/EUR 37;
Bookings: You can book online without having to queue. Tickets can be delivered directly to your hotel. Alternatively, tickets can be bought on-site on Fridays between 11 am and 1 pm, and between 3 pm and 5 pm, or before Sunday Mass from 8.15 am to 8.45 am.
Note: As usual with masses, you will only hear the choir as they will be up on the choir balcony. After the mass, you will see the boys when they perform a few songs at the altar.
2. Choir Boys At The Spanish Riding School
At ‘A Tribute To Vienna’ watch both the Vienna choir boys and the Spanish Riding School Vienna perform in the same programme. The choir boys will take turns with the lipizzaner stallions at the baroque winter riding hall. No overkill with a mashed up sing-and-ride show, though; Each group separately sticks to what they excel in.
Since both institutions are not only the same age (500 years old) but among the world’s top classical performers expect the outcome to be utterly harmonic and very enjoyable.
Vienna Boys Choir at A Tribute To Vienna: 24th April 2020, 8th and 22nd May 2020, 18th September 2020, 9th and 16th October 2020
Location: Spanische Hofreitschule Wien, Michaelerplatz, 1010 Vienna;
Tickets: from EUR 117;
Bookings: Get tickets.
3. Christmas In Vienna Gala
The choir boys’s angelical voices lend themselves to an amazing Christmas concert. Each year, they participate in the traditional Christmas in Vienna concert at Wiener Konzerthaus. While their classical Christmas songs are supported by top opera singers note that they will also share the evening with other great artists.
Schedule ‘Christmas In Vienna’: 18th December 2020 (pre-premiere), 19th December 2020 (Gala)
Location: Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringer Strasse, 1030 Vienna;
Tickets: EUR 118 to EUR 243 (pre-premiere); EUR 156 to EUR 243
Bookings: book tickets
4. Concerts At Augarten
MuTh (stands for ‘Musik und Theater’) is the first concert hall built for the Vienna Boys Choir. The hall is located next to the choir boys’ boarding school at baroque Augarten palace, and serves as the boys’ main place to rehearse, and perform (mostly classical) concerts, and their own children’s operas.
Every Friday afternoon in May, June and October you can listen to the Vienna Choir Boys perform Mozart, Schubert, Haydn and Bruckner. VIP holders of Vienna Boys Choir tickets can meet and greet the choir boys after the concert.
Schedule at Augarten: ‘Gute Hirten’ (Good Shepherds) Christmas concerts at Augarten: 10th to 14th December 2019; ‘Friday Afternoons’ 24th April 2020, 15th and 29th May 2020; 5th, 12th and 26th June 2020
Location: MuTh concert hall, Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Vienna;
Tickets: from EUR 34;
Bookings: get tickets
Biography And Repertoire of The Wiener Sängerknaben
More than 500 years ago, in 1498, the Choir started as a group of six boys of Emperor Maximilian I’s court band. After the First World War and the abolition of the monarchy in Austria, the choir turned into a private association. Since then, the approximately 100 boys between 10 and 14 years of age dress in sailor suits, sing in four different choir groups at various public occasions and tour the world. The Vienna Boys Choir became international superstars not least since Walt Disney’s film Almost Angels (1962).
The Vienna Boys Choir’s repertoire ranges from Medieval music, to Renaissance (Gallus, Victoria, Monteverdi), to Baroque (Bach, Händel), Classical (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), and Romantic music (Schubert, Bruckner); it also includes polka and waltzes by the Strauss dynasty. The boys have also lent their voices to modern music (Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Mahler), folk, pop and world music. and regularly perform in operas for children.
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