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Vienna Festival 2015

This year, the opening of the Vienna Festival takes place as part of the Summer Nights Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in Schönbrunn on 14 May. The free open-air concert has delighted thousands of people year after year and is broadcast around the world. Conducting this year is Zubin Mehta, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist.

Visitors to the Vienna Festival can look forward with excitement to five premieres:

  • "Kings of War" by Ivo van Hove (based on Shakespeare's king dramas)
  • "Ich bin keine Schwarze", performance by Kettly Noels
  • "Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk", Dusan David Parizek's dramatization of the novel
  • "Noise" by Sebastian Nübling
  • "Edward II. Die Liebe bin ich" - Ewald Palmetshofer deals with Marlowe, Nora Schlocker directs

The Swiss director Milo Rau brings his performance "The Civil Wars" to brut im Künstlerhaus, the Australian Simon Stone produces Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman" in the Akademietheater, with performances by Birgit Minichmayr and others.

With "Hotel Métropole. Giving memory a future", the series "Into the City" casts light on the address on Morzinplatz in Vienna where Mark Twain once stayed and the Gestapo later interrogated and tortured people during the Nazi regime.

Lydia Steier's adaption of Handel's oratorio "Jephta" can be seen in the MuseumsQuartier. The operatic comedy "Untitled No. 1 – An opera by Herbert Fritsch" celebrates its Austrian premiere at the Burgtheater. Andreas Breth produces an opera at Theater an der Wien for the first time: "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" by Béla Bartók, which is combined with Robert Schumann's "Ghost Variations".

Music Festival in the Konzerthaus

The 37th International Music Festival during the Vienna Festival takes to the stage from 9 May - 23 June 2013 at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the opening concert. On the program are a premiere by Olga Neuwirth and Mahler's "The Song of the Earth".

There follow around 50 evenings with the best orchestras, including the Wiener Symphoniker and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Chick Corea accompanies vocal artist Bobby McFerrin on the piano; actor Karl Markovics reads Doderer. Works by Bruckner and Messiaen are performed at the closing concert.

Vienna Festival 2015

14 May - 21 June 2015, various venues
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