In Vienna, Johann Strauss' operetta "Die Fledermaus" belongs to New Year's Eve like the New Year's Concert of the Philharmonic belongs to the first day of the year. The change of year can also be musically shaped with Wagner, Beethoven or dancing vampires.
Two opera houses perform the popular operetta "Die Fledermaus" over the New Year period: The Volksoper (31 December and 1 January) and the Vienna State Opera (31 December, 1, 3 and 5 January). Michael Schade, Burgtheater actor Peter Simonischek and others perform here. Best of all: The State Opera Fledermaus will be screened live on the video wall in front of the Opera House on Karajan Platz from 7.00 pm, where it can be watched for free. From 2.00 pm and after the Fledermaus, an opera potpourri will be shown until 2.00 am in the morning. The performance is also available on the livestreaming channel of the Vienna State Opera.
At Theater an der Wien, opera fans can ring out the year with Wagner: An exciting new production of the Ring Trilogy will be performed (29 December: Hagen, 30 December: Siegfried, 31 December: Brünnhilde).
The most famous concert in the world - the New Year's Concert - is held in the Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein each year on 1 January (previews with an identical program on 30 and 31 December). Riccardo Muti takes his place at the conductor's stand in 2017/18. All tickets for this year's concerts have already sold out. Tickets for all three concerts are drawn early each year via the website of the Vienna Philharmonic. Despite this, there's no need to miss the New Year's Concert: That's because it's shown live on TV in 90 countries as well as on giant video walls both at the 'hangover breakfast' on City Hall Square and on the square in front of the Vienna State Opera.
Members of the Vienna Philharmonic can also be found amongst the Vienna Ring Ensemble. In the atmospheric Brahms Hall of the Musikverein, this formation plays another New Year's Eve concert of popular classical works in the guise of a chamber orchestra (30 and 31 December).
The Wiener Konzerthaus presents a packed musical New Year's program: The Wiener Symphoniker brings the year to a close with Beethoven's 9th Symphony (30 and 31 December, 1 January). In addition to this festive program, things continue in buoyant mood in the Grand Hall with the Janoska ensemble's New Year's Eve gala "The Big Mulatság" on 31 December. Accompanied by soprano Daniela Fally and Thomas Gansch on trumpet, it gets everyone in the right mood. The Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna performs rousing polkas, waltzes and marches of the Strauss dynasty (28 and 29 December, 1 January).
On New Year's Eve, The best to end with promises musical variety across all genres: Performing at the MuTh – Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir are clarinetist Matthias Schorn, together with the legendary singer Will Resetarits, "Vienna's world-leading contrabass" Georg Breinschmid, the Finnish tango pianist Jarkko Riihimäki and the Wienerlied duo "Die Strottern".
The musicals Dance of the Vampires and I am from Austria offer an entertaining program for the change of year (daily except 1 January). Those seeking a combination of music and party simply have to follow the New Year's Eve Trail through the Old City.