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Opera touches everyone in Vienna a little bit. You don't need an admission ticket to the Vienna State Opera to enjoy a pleasant evening full of music and song. From the end of March to the end of June and then again in September, the Vienna State Opera broadcasts around 70 performances live on an LED video wall with an area of 50 m2. A visual director prepares the best-possible recording in the studio of the Vienna State Opera using eight remote-controlled HD cameras.
The alternative to fighting over the hotly contested, low-price standing places in the Vienna State Opera every evening is to sit outside on Karajan-Platz in comfort and for free. 180 chairs are set up for each live broadcast. Information on the opera and the cast is provided on the video wall about half an hour before the performance begins.
This spring, opera on Karajan-Platz gets underway with La Bohéme by Giacomo Puccini (29 March). Highlights in April are Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi (1, 4 April), Swan Lake by Nureyev/Petipa/Ivanov (6, 13, 26 April), Ariadne on Naxos by Richard Strauss (15, 19 April), and Lohengrin by Richard Wagner (12, 20, 25 April).
In May, there is a return performance with Plácido Domingo in Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi (1, 4, 7 May). Edita Gruberova can also be experienced live in Norma by Vincenzo Bellini (17 May, concert-style performance).
There's all sorts by Richard Wagner in June: Siegfried (5, 25 June), Götterdämmerung (8, 29 June), Das Rheingold (19 June) and Die Walküre (22 June). A grand evening of ballet follows on the last performance weekend of the season: The Nureyev Gala 2014 (28 June).
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March/April/May/June and September 2014 – in all weather
Broadcasts with subtitles in German
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)