The Vienna State Opera is an exceptional institution not just artistically but also in terms of its architecture. Take a peek behind the curtain and experience this historic site from a completely different side.
On May 25, 1869, the Vienna State Opera opened with Mozart's DON GIOVANNI in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. This imperial inauguration still lingers over the opera to this day and music lovers from all over the world flock to this exceptional cultural institution led by Dominique Meyer, along with musical director Franz Welser-Möst.
If you are lucky you will get a ticket to one of these performances but there is another way to peek behind the curtain; a 40-minute backstage tour takes you through the entrance foyer with its impressive marble staircase, continues to the tea room, stops at the Marble Hall and the Schwind Foyer, pays homage to the Gustav Mahler Hall, and winds up at the auditorium. Closely linked to the Vienna Philharmonic (it recruits its members from the opera’s orchestra) it is an opera house and an opera company. Being one of the busiest opera houses in the world it is quite common to find a different opera being produced each day of a week.
Be ready to learn fascinating stories about the Vienna State Opera, its history, the opera business and the building’s architecture. Walk away with an understanding about one of music history’s most important periods. Guided tours are available in English.
In April, May, June and September, around 150 opera and ballet performances will be screened live on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz in front of the opera building on a 50 m² screen - it's classical enjoyment for free!
NEW: LIVE STREAM - Since October 2013 opera and ballet enthusiasts all over the world will be able to watch a selection of performances from the Vienna State Opera via a live stream. Eight HD cameras together with digital video and audio studios using state-of-the-art technology will produce images and sound of the highest quality that will be transmitted in up to full HD quality. Viewers at home will be able to choose between two perspectives at any time: an overall view of the stage and a live-edited film of the opera or ballet performance. The live streams start 30 minutes before the performance with background illustrations, information about the Vienna State Opera, synopses of the streamed works, etc.