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It is the ultimate New Year's operetta: "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss. Two of Vienna's opera houses will perform this masterpiece of musical entertainment on 31 December. A new interpretation by Heinz Zednik can be seen at the Volksoper, while Bertrand de Billy conducts a production by Otto Schenk at the Vienna State Opera. Performers include mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager; Peter Simonischek (an actor at the Burgtheater) plays the role of Frosch.
At the Musikverein, the festivities begin in the morning of 30 December, when the Vienna Philharmonic gives the first of its three traditional concerts to mark the change of year, beginning with the preview of the New Year's Concert. The New Year's Eve Concert follows on 31 December, and finally, as the grand finale, the most famous concert in the world, the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. All three concerts will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim, who has been invited to do so by the orchestra for the second time.
Tickets are no longer available for any of the three performances, but the New Year's Concert is nevertheless not to be missed. It will be broadcast on television in more than 80 countries. For the 2014/15 concerts, the tickets will be raffled without exception on the website of the Vienna Philharmonic. This is how it works: interested parties can register and apply for the ticket draw in the period from 2-23 January 2014. Each person can apply for a maximum of two tickets for the New Year's Concert. Those who are successful in the draw will be notified and asked to pay the purchase price.
The philharmonic skill can also be enjoyed at the concert of the Wiener Ring Ensemble, which performs on 31 December in the atmospheric Brahms Hall of the Musikverein. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic also play works by the Strauss family here.
The Wiener Symphoniker under the direction of Louis Langrée provides a festive way to ring out of the old year on 31 December with Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The evening continues right afterward at 10.30 pm with a lively New Year's Eve gala of the Philharmonics, which play original classical arrangements, musical hits and their own compositions up until midnight.
An unusual program is offered by Theater an der Wien: the silent movie "Der Rosenkavalier", which was filmed in Vienna and is based on the opera by Richard Strauss from 1925. At the premiere in Dresden, Richard Strauss himself conducted the music adapted for the film. Following the performance at Theater an der Wien, three special New Year's gifts will be drawn from amongst the visitors.
You can find all concerts from 30 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 here.
And you find the all the dates of the ball galas, New Year's Eve banquets and exhibitions in the general New Year's Program here.
Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.
Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)
Elevator not suitable for wheelchairs.