The Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is one of the foremost opera houses in the world – and it offers diversity at the highest level. Three hundred days a year, the Vienna State Opera offers a program that changes daily, more than 60 operas and ballets per year.
Top international soloists, directors and stage designers greatly enjoy presenting their art to knowledgeable and discerning Viennese audiences. And the roster of directors of the august house on Vienna’s Ring Boulevard contains a number of eminent musicians such as Gustav Mahler (1897 - 1907), Richard Strauss (1919 - 1924), Herbert von Karajan (1956 - 1964) and Claudio Abbado (1986 - 1991).
The repertory of the Vienna State Opera offers an impressive cross-section of the entire range of operas – among the works are Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco,” W. A. Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” and Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” During the 2006-2007 season, five premieres with international stars will be performed: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello,” Richard Strauss’s “Arabella” with Thomas Hampson, Jules Massenet’s “Manon” with Anna Netrebko, Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” with Montserrat Caballé, and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov“.
The building itself was erected between 1863 and 1869 as one of the first great monuments of the new Ring Boulevard. The Royal-Imperial Court Opera Theater, as it was first called, was designed by the architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll.
Once a year, the stage and orchestra stalls of the Vienna State Opera turn into a giant dance floor – for the Vienna Opera Ball. More than a hundred debutante couples in long evening dress and tailcoats open the ball in the presence of the Austrian Federal President; once more, one can feel the ambiance of the Vienna of the great Ring Boulevard era ...
By the way: during guided tours, you can get an impression of the workings of this splendid opera house.
Tel. +43 1 514 44 - 2250
Guided tours: Guided tours upon request; see also announcements at the entrance Operngasse/ Opernring
15 minutes walking distance from Hotel AUSTRIA.
Underground: Lines U1 / U2 / U4, Station Karlsplatz/Oper
Bus: Line 59A, Station Kärntner Ring/Oper
Tram: Lines 1 / 2 / D / 62 / 65, Station Kärntner Ring/Oper