Treat your ears to classical sounds in the city’s most beautiful concert halls.
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This year, the Vienna Festival program bears the distinctive styling of the new artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser for the first time. The cultural offering has an international flavor: all in all there are 37 productions from 32 countries as well as exhibitions, video installations, films, talks by artists and 22 festival concerts.
The theater program is curated by Frie Leysen. A highlight right at the beginning: the Deutsche Theater Berlin gives a star performance with Ödön von Horvath’s Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, produced by Michael Thalheimer (10-13 May, Volkstheater). The program includes two pieces from one of the most important French directors, Claude Régy: Intérieur by Maurice Maeterlinck (11-14 May, Hall G), and Le Barque le soir / Boat in the evening by Tarjei Vesaas (11-15 June, Hall G).
The program of music created by musical director Hinterhäuser is very diverse. A special production during the Vienna Festival is Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice, produced by Romeo Castelucci. The Italian director, who is known for his extreme interpretations, shifts the mythical story of the wandering of the soul through the kingdom of shadows into the world of medicine. The musical implementation is provided by the Orchester B'Rock - Baroque Orchestra Gent. Countertenor Bejun Mehta sings Orfeo and Christiane Karg sings Euridice (Hall E, 11, 13, 16, 18 May).
A highly anticipated production comes from the Teatro Real in Madrid to Vienna: Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, staged by the Austrian Oscar prize-winner Michael Haneke. Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Theater an der Wien, 2, 4, 5 June). Also already a classic, but at home in a completely different genre, is the German troupe Kraftwerk. With Der Katalog - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the cult group performs its complete opus in Vienna. Special 3D video projections make the show an overall work of art in sound and pictures (15-18 May, Burgtheater).
As always, the festival concerts at the Musikverein offer a first-class program, including the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Riccardo Muti (11 May) and the Concentus Musicus with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the conductor's desk (24, 25 May).
9 May – 15 June 2014
Vienna Festival Opening Ceremony:
"Europe sings" - 9.5. at 21.20 on Wiener Rathausplatz (freier Eintritt)
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Cornelius Meister
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Choirs from Germany, France, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria.
Tickets: +43 1 589 22 55
Tickets and information:
11 May – 19 June 2014
Tickets: +43 1 505 81 90
Tickets and information:
Ring the bell by the entrance to the concert box office (Bösendorferstr. 12); the box office staff will come to assist with ticket purchases at the door.
Wheelchair-accessible elevator: to all floors. Brahms Hall: 6 wheelchair seats. Grand Hall: 2 wheelchair seats in orchestra, about 16 in balcony. Glass Hall/Magna Auditorium: 4 wheelchair seats.