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Two opera houses perform the popular operetta "Die Fledermaus" on New Year’s Eve: The Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper. At the Vienna State Opera, singers include Adrian Eröd and Elisabeth Kulman, while actor Peter Simonischek from the Burgtheater plays the role of Frosch. This part is played at the Volksoper by Branko Samarovski, also a member of the Burgtheater’s ensemble.
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. Actually, there are three performances of the concert, each with an identical program: the preview on the morning of 31 December, the New Year’s Eve Concert on the evening of 31 December and finally the New Year's Concert on the morning of 1 January. Zubin Mehta takes to the conductor’s stand for the fifth time.
Tickets for both concerts are already sold out, but you won’t have to miss the New Year's Concert - it is broadcast live on TV in 90 countries. For all three of the 2015/16 concerts, the tickets will be raffled without exception on the website of the Wiener Philharmoniker. This is how it works: Interested parties can register and apply for the ticket draw in the period from 2-23 January 2015. Those who are successful in the draw will be notified and asked to pay the purchase price.
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 Symphoniker under the direction of Ton Koopman plays out the old year at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (31 December). After this festive program, things continue in buoyant mood in the Grand Hall with the "Igudesman & Joo Silvester-Show". Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classic comedians and perform delightful melodies on the violin and piano.
The Theater an der Wien offers something special on New Year’s Eve: The silent movie "Richard Wagner - A film biography" from 1913. The soundtrack is provided by the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, but without music by Wagner for copyright reasons and instead by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini and Giuseppe Becce. Before the film begins, the soprano Angela Denoke sings the "Vier letzte Lieder" (Four Last Songs) by Richard Strauss. And at the Vienna Chamber Opera, it’s a lively "Na, wie hamas". Georg Breinschmid, Tomasso Huber and Sebastian Gürtler present a certain composer by the name of Ivica Strauss, who - in the artists’ opinion - doesn’t quite know how to appreciate musicology.
You can find all concerts from 30 December 2014 to 1 January 2015 here.
And you can find all the dates of the ball galas, New Year's Eve banquets and exhibitions in the general New Year’s Eve 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.
Not wheelchair accessible, no wheelchair places without steps.