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Vienna Opera House: A Native’s Choices, Tours and Tickets

Vienna Opera House. If you are determined to get under the skin of classical culture in my hometown, head for the Vienna State Opera or Volksoper. In the subsequent posts I’m sharing my experiences at both venues and how to get tickets. You will also find tips of the best opera venue for children.

Vienna State Opera

Vienna Opera House: auditoriumVienna Opera House. Our Wiener Staatsoper is the most famous opera house in town. Significantly, the State Opera is powered by a fantastic opera orchestra: Many members belong to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In regular intervals, world famous singers such as Edita Gruberova, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko appear on stage.

If you don’t speak German, an electronic device in front of your seat provides English surtitles (or subtitles) an surtitles in Italian, French, Russian and Japanese. You can also access a synopsis and opera cast information in English. Visit Vienna State Opera for an overview of the season’s plays, securing tickets and dress code. Here is a shortcut to the current opera calendar.

Booking Vienna Opera Tickets

Vienna Opera House. 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. In booking Vienna Opera tickets I’m sharing my story how I fell off the official waiting list for the Nutcracker ballet at Wiener Staatsoper, and how I managed to get tickets in the end.

Vienna opera house: operetta at Volksoper

Volksoper Vienna

Vienna Opera House. There is a more light-hearted side to opera that is deeply engraved in our culture. Operettas stage the funny side of life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

If you love musicals and comedies of error you will likely adore operettas. Johann Strauss and other local composers created beautiful music that goes with colourful costumes and funny acting. The best opera house to see an operetta is Volksoper.

I’m sharing my most recent experience of an operetta evening at Volksoper here.

Mozart Operas

Vienna Opera House. Mozart operas continue to play a key role at the Vienna State Opera. He composed a total of 22 operas. In the spring/summer season of 2018,  popular Wiener Volksoper shows Mozart opera The Magic Flute. To add extra magic consider watching historic marionettes perform the Magic Flute at Schonbrunn Palace. I have put together the top 10 Mozart operas that are regularly played in Vienna, including the Magic Flute Opera, Cosí Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and Idomeneo, for further reference. Access 2018/19 opera calendar.

State Opera Tour

Vienna Opera House: Tea salonVienna Opera House. 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. I loved it because it presented 19th and 20th century Viennese history through the operatic lense.

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. If you want to go backstage, make sure you pick the right tour.

Vienna Opera Ball At Vienna Opera House

Vienna Opera House. 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.

Opera For Children

Vienna Opera House: opera for childrenVienna Opera House. 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.

Learn more in Vienna Opera for children about different venues, what to see and where to get tickets.

Live Streaming And Free Open Air Opera

Vienna Opera House. 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.

Famous Opera Singers

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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