How to book Vienna State Opera tickets and what is the etiquette at Wiener Staatsoper?
For classical music fans like probably you (and me) a night at the opera is one of the best ways to spend an elegant evening in my hometown. And curiously enough, the opera house represents a piece of real Vienna as it’s still so popular with the Viennese.
However, you don’t need to be an opera buff, or get on waiting lists to enjoy the Vienna State Opera. As a native, I have gathered a few tips on spending a night at the opera. First and foremost, this includes booking tickets, but also dress code, taking your children to the opera, reading the lyrics, and more.
As a matter of fact, the Vienna State Opera powers world famous opera singers, the world’s best opera orchestra and the best opera choir.
Book your trip between 1st September and 30th June. The opera house is closed during July and August. Find out which operas are on stage during your trip.
Once the season preview has started you can reserve tickets directly at the Wiener Staatsoper, though you won’t be able to choose your seats. However, as soon as sales start – 2 months before each performance – you can buy and choose your seats.
As for ticket prices for the Vienna State Opera these range from under 10 for standing places to a couple of hundred Euros. Book tickets here.
If you visit Vienna over the New Year, take part in a Viennese tradition to see the Johann Strauss opera Die Fledermaus (The Bat).
If you don’t get seats, consider a Vienna State Opera standing ticket. Be aware that operas can last more than two hours. Avoid a standing place without a view (yes, they exist!).
Tickets for children (until 14 years of age) are drawn from a pool of 25 to 100 for each performance, except premieres, New Year’s Eve performances and Wagner’s RING cycle operas. There is a single ticket price of around EUR 15 for all children, independent of the chosen ticket category.
At The Opera
Conveniently, all seats allow you to access English surtitles for each performance, as well as surtitles in Italian, French, Russian and Japanese. Before the performances and during the intervals, you can also read opera and ballet synopses, and information on the cast.
If you get a standing place, mark it with a scarf or something similar when you leave your place during the break.
What to wear? Actually, there is no formal dress code. Consider taking black tie dressing with you to celebrate the evening at the Vienna State Opera, though not required. (You will stick out less as a tourist in truly elegant attire during Christmas and New Year.) Smart casual does it very well.
Before and After The Opera
Before or after your evening performance, join a Vienna opera tour. In addition to each opera’s story, you will get the house’s own story behind the curtain. On certain days you can even enter backstage.
As with opera houses around the world, photographing or filming is not allowed during the performances. However, take your camera with you and take photos before and after the performances to capture the ambiance.
When the opera finishes and you are hungry follow the locals to a Vienna sausage stand? As odd as it seems to bite into a sausage in your smart outfit this is a cherished tradition. Alternatively, head for nearby Sacher Eck of Hotel Sacher for a Sacher sausage.
Back At Home
Loved the evening? Couldn’t get in? Take the Vienna State Opera home with you and watch performances through live streaming from your computer.