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Vienna Opera For Children: A Native Mum’s Top Tips

Vienna Opera for Children. My hometown is a fabulous place to introduce children to the world of opera and classical music. Children’s operas are funny and not too long, creating a great first opera experience for kids. While children’s opera is very popular in Vienna it still remains a secret to many travellers. As a native Viennese with kids, I happen to know a thing or two about the best children’s opera venues there. Access them for free here, and find out how to book tickets.

Volksoper Wien

Vienna Opera for Children. Volksoper Wien, Vienna’s most popular opera house, stages many child-friendly performances. Certain operas such as Hänsel and Gretel are performed in the run up to Christmas. Consider taking your children to see operettas and ballets, such as Cendrillon, an adaptation of Cinderella. They are mostly colourful and easy to follow. Check the current Volksoper programme to see what’s on.

Vienna State Opera

Vienna Opera for Children. The children’s opera at the Vienna State Opera has its own venue at a former theatre a few minutes from the main building. This is the only permanent opera for kids world wide in which children perform alongside professional opera singers and dancers. The venue has around 250 seats. I definitely recommend this opera for children aged six to eleven years. Most of the compositions are bespoke for children or are adaptations of operas for kids. Tickets sell out quickly, especially during the holiday season.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Go for a children’s opera on the main stage, or look for a regular ballet or suitable opera to visit with your kids. More in booking opera tickets.

Musikzentrum Augarten

Vienna Opera for Children. Our brand new concert hall Musikzentrum Augarten at baroque Augarten has a few children’s opera performances in their schedule. Most of these productions are made by the Vienna Boys Choir or their high school next door.
Access the calendar.

Vienna Opera For Children: Marionettes

The enchanting marionette theatre at Schonbrunn Palace regularly performs opera adaptations for children using historic marionette puppets. I saw Mozart opera The Magic Flute there with my children – we loved it. For further information, go to Marionette Theatre Schonbrunn.

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