Vienna Opera for Children. As a matter of fact, Wien can introduce children to the world of opera and classical music like no other capital. Almost throughout the year you and your family can watch special children’s operas. Since they are all funny and not too long they create a great first opera experience for kids. While children’s operas are very popular in Vienna many travellers often overlook them. As a native Viennese with kids, I’m sharing these free tips on the best opera venues, opera calendars and booking tickets below.
1. Volksoper Wien
Vienna Opera for Children. Probably the most popular opera house for children is the Volksoper Wien. Each season, it stages many child-friendly performances. Certain operas such as Hänsel and Gretel and the Ghost of Canterville are among the most regular operas. To broaden your choices, consider taking your children to see operettas and ballets because they are mostly colourful and easy to follow.
To see what’s on check the current opera programme (look out for the location Volksoper).
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 worldwide in which children perform alongside professional opera singers and dancers.
As for its size, the AGRANA Studiobühne 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.
Children’s Opera Highlights 2020
Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saens: 23rd January 2020, 10.30 am;
Punktchen und Anton, by Ivan Eröd: 16th, 23rd and 24th February 2020, 3.00 pm; 1st March 2020, 3.00 pm, 4th March 10.30 am, 8th March 3.00 pm; 22nd March, 3.00 pm; 18th April, 3.00 pm; 28th and 29th April 10.30 am; 5th and 6th May 2020, 10.30 am; 17th May 2020, 3.00 pm
The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 21st February 2020, time tbc;
Pictures At An Exhibition, by Modest Mussorgski: 19th to 21st June, time tbc;
Vienna State Opera Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna
Children’s Opera House Address: AGRANA Studiobühne, Walfischgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
3. Musikzentrum Augarten
Vienna Opera for Children. Though few people know this, our contemporary concert hall Musikzentrum 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. To get an idea of what is on offer access the calendar of performances.
4. Vienna Opera For Children: Marionettes
Vienna Opera for Children. Certainly the most playful setting is staged at the enchanting marionette theatre at Schonbrunn. The small but very professional venue regularly performs opera adaptations for children using historic marionette puppets.
Since I saw Mozart opera The Magic Flute there with my children we fell in love with the marionettes. Especially if you are short on time, visiting the Marionettentheater subsequent to your Schonbrunn Palace visit saves time.
For further information, go to Marionette Theatre Schonbrunn.
5. Children’s Opera In The Crypt
Vienna Opera for Children. Unlike the grand stages of Wiener Staatsoper and Wiener Volksoper, the crypt of St. Peter’s baroque church offers an intimate setting enabling children to engage very closely with the singers.
What’s more, the opera performers themselves are young enthusiastic graduates from the Vienna Conservatory’s course for Classical Operetta. To adapt the performances to children, most of the grand operas are slightly shorter. Find out in the opera calendar which operas are currently on stage at church St. Peter.
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