Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert, Neptun Fountain, park, castle

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21st Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert

At the Summer Night Concert, the Vienna Philharmonic play open-air in the park of Schönbrunn Palace and to the familiar high standard. And have done so year after year since 2004. The open-air concert for classical music is one of the main highlights of the philharmonic year. Just like the famous New Year's Concert, with which the orchestra sends musical greetings to the world on the first day of each year.

A musical feast with Nelsons and Davidsen

Maestro Andris Nelsons will wield the baton at the 2024 Summer Night Concert. The Latvian is both the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as the Gewandhauskapellmeister (conductor) of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. He is one of the most acclaimed and innovative conductors on the international music scene.

The soloist will be the Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, who is equally at home in opera and Lieder.

Andris Nelsons, Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert 2024
© Marco Borggreve

Music from Smetana to Wagner

The focus of this year’s concert program is on popular works from the 19th and 20th centuries from Europe’s rich musical heritage. Bedřich Smetana will be honored with three of his works to mark his 200th birthday.

Lise Davidsen will sing two arias, one from Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser and one from Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino.


  • Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from the opera “Die Walküre”
  • Richard Wagner: “Dich, teure Halle, grüß ich wieder”, Elisabeth’s aria from the opera “Der Tannhäuser”
  • Bedřich Smetana: Vltava [Moldau], from Má vlast [My Homeland] [No. 2]
  • Bedřich Smetana: Polka from the opera “Dve Vdovy” [The Two Widows]
  • Bedřich Smetana: Dance of Comedians from the opera “Prodaná nevěsta” (“The Bartered Bride”)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Overture from the opera “La forza del destino”
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Pace, pace mio Dio”, Leonora’s aria from the opera “La forza del destino”
  • Augusta Holmès : La nuit et l’amour. Interlude from Ludus pro patria
  • Aram Iljitsch Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from the ballet “Gayane”
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2 from the Suite for Variety Orchestra

Magical moments

In the midst of the Baroque parkland and framed by the extraordinary setting of Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriette are the orchestra podium and the spectator area. The magic of the place and the enchantment of the classical music make the Summer Night Concert an unforgettable live experience for the audience, as well as for the millions who tune in on TV.

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The Vienna Philharmonic’s 21st Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert in 2024

Friday, 6.7.2024, 8.30 pm
Free admission – no tickets required.
Global television broadcast from Schönbrunn Palace Park

  • ORF 2: live (with time delay) from 9.20 pm
  • 3sat: live time-delayed broadcast from 9.45 pm
  • Viewers from other countries are asked to refer to the TV program information in their respective home country.

Schönbrunn Palace Park Entrance at Hietzinger Tor

1130 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • March
      • daily, 06:30 - 19:00
    • April
      • daily, 06:30 - 20:00
    • May to July
      • daily, 06:30 - 21:00
    • August to September
      • daily, 06:30 - 20:00
    • October
      • daily, 06:30 - 19:00
    • November to February
      • daily, 06:30 - 17:30
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Sightseeing-train through the palace park with hydraulic auto-lift for wheelchairs. Daily between 10 am and 6 pm from mid March until the end of October. Reduced price for wheelchair-users.

    • Comments

      Daily until dusk, some sights only accessible through gentle climbs and over gravel paths.

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