Vienna Philharmonic 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.
Impressions of the Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn, 2018-2022
Musical festival with Garanča and Nézet-Séguin
Taking up the baton at the Summer Night Concert in 2023 is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The Canadian conductor is musical director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain. The Latvian mezzosoprano Elīna Garanča performs as a soloist. She sings arias from Georges Bizet's Carmen, Charles Gounod's Sapho, and Camille Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila.
Music from Bizet to Ravel
This year's Summer Night Concert focuses on works that span from French Romantic to Impressionism: By Georges Bizet, Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saëns. A composition by Lili Boulanger – a moving depiction of nature by the first female winner of the renowned Prix de Rome in 1913 – is dedicated by the Vienna Philharmonic to the General Declaration of Human Rights.
- Georges Bizet, Suite No. 1 from the opera Carmen (arrangement attributed to Ernest Guiraud, 1885)
- No. 5. Les Toréadors (prelude to Act 1)
- No. 1. Prélude (prelude to Act 1)
- No. 2. Intermezzo (prelude to Act 3)
- No. 1a. Aragonaise (prelude to Act 4)
- Georges Bizet, Habanera "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle", from the opera Carmen
- Lili Boulanger, D'un matin de printemps. Version for orchestra 1918
- Hector Berlioz, Overture: Le Corsaire, op. 2
- Charles Gounod, "Ô ma lyre immortelle”, aria from the opera Sapho
- Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé. Suite No. 2
- Camille Saint-Saëns, "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix", aria from the opera Samson et Dalila
- Maurice Ravel, Boléro
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.
20th Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2023
Thursday, June 8, 2023, 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: from 9.45 pm
- Viewers from other countries are asked to refer to the TV program information in their respective home country.
Park at Schönbrunn Palace Entrance at Hietzinger Tor
- May to July
- August to September
- 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.
Daily until dusk, some sights only accessible through gentle climbs and over gravel paths.
- Further information