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Music Film Festival

Every summer, Vienna's Rathausplatz becomes a pulsating meeting point for classical fans and night owls – with lots to please the palate as well as free film shows.

Crowd of people at the Music and Film Festival at City Hall Park
Music and Film Festival at City Hall Park: Screen
Music Film Festival at City Hall
City Hall at night

Against the backdrop of the illuminated City Hall, a first-rate program on a giant screen gets the hearts of all music lovers beating faster as darkness falls. The selection of film hits ranges from opera and operetta to dance and concert performances from Bach to Pop.

Something unusual will be shown at the opening on 29 June: Rolando Villazón's adaptation of the Donizetti opera "L'Elisir d'Amore in the Wild West" (2012) - he sings the part of Nemorino and also directs.

Opera focal points are dedicated to Wagner and Verdi, both of whom would have celebrated their 200th birthday in 2014. Wagner's entire "Ring" will be broadcast; there's a classic of Verdi's each week as well as rarities such as "Nabucco", "Rigoletto", "I Masnadieri" and his Requiem. On some evenings, there are live broadcasts, including Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" from the Munich State Opera and Mozart's "Entführung aus dem Serail" from Hangar 7.

Ballet fans will be offered, for example, "Swan Lake" with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn from the year 1962.

The concerts are not limited solely to the classical genre: some evenings are given over to Jazz, Musical or Pop/Rock - in 2013 with the Belgian singer/songwriter Milow, Rod Steward and the American Blues Rock star Joe Bonamassa. In the film "Pavarotti: The Duets", the tenor, who died in 2007, performs on stage with Elton John, Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

In addition, around 20 top restaurateurs invite you to embark each day on a culinary world tour starting in the morning, with lavish delights from all over the world.

Music Film Festival 2013

26 June - 1 September 2013
Information and program

Film starts:
daily at nightfall.
International cuisine: 11.00 am - 12.00 midnight

City Hall Square (Rathausplatz)

1010   Wien