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Scene from "Die Fledermaus", Vienna State Opera House

New Year's Concerts

The change of year and music go together in Vienna like New Year's Eve and "Die Fledermaus". The popular operetta can be enjoyed at two venues: in the Volksoper and the Vienna State Opera. However, the traditional New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic is enjoyed around the world by 40 million television viewers.

New Year’s concert in the Musikverein
The Philharmonics
Wiener Konzerthaus
Scene from the operetta "Die Fledermaus" in Volksoper
Opera House Theater an der Wien, view from the street

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.

Beethoven and a silent Rosenkavalier

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.

Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1
1010   Wien
+43 1 505 81 90

Vienna Konzerthaus (Wiener Konzerthaus)

Lothringerstraße 20
1030   Wien
+43 1 242 002

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2
1010   Wien
  • Contacts

    • Information :  +43 1 514 44 2250
    • Tickets (credit card) :  +43 1 513 1 513
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Swing door 87 cm wide )
        Side entrance on right under the arcades on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. From side entrance, access to elevator via inclined elevator (stairlift) in lobby.
    • Parking spaces Main entrance
      • disabled parking spaces available
        Operngasse, Opernring intersection
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 140 cm deep , Doors 80 cm wide
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • 22 wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
    • Special offers for disabled persons

      Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.

    • Comments

      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)

Volksoper Wien

Währinger Straße 78
1090   Wien
  • Contacts

  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Please ring the bell, the porter or the cashier will assist
    • Elevator available
      • 89 cm wide and 142 cm deep , Doors 80 cm wide
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • 2 wheelchair spaces available (in stalls, 13 additional wheelchair seats possible, prior notification via phone required 10 days before performance)
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
    • Comments

      Elevator not suitable for wheelchairs.

Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060   Wien
  • Contacts

    • +43 1 588 30 661
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Parking spaces Main entrance
      • disabled parking spaces available
        in front of the theatre (from 6 pm)
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • 2 wheelchair spaces available (stalls)
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.