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Beethoven at the opera

Beethoven's only opera Fidelio premiered three times – the first version in 1805 at the Theater an der Wien, the second, modified version in the following year, and the third completely revised edition in 1814 at the Court Opera in the Kärntnertortheater.

At the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven's Fidelio (the latest version) is on the program almost every season. In 2020, fans have the opportunity to also experience the original version.

The very first version will be performed on the stage at the State Opera on five evenings between February 1 and 14, 2020, while the repertoire Fidelio from 1814 can be experienced four times between April 22 and May 2, 2020. An exciting comparison beckons!

Beethoven and the Theater an der Wien

The Theater an der Wien, where Beethoven was employed for a while and even lived, becomes a "place of remembrance" in 2020. Contributing to this are not only numerous lectures in cooperation with the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna but also a series of sensational performances.

The series opens with the opera Egmont. It was composed by the Berlin conductor and composer Christian Jost as a commission for the Theater an der Wien (February 17-26, 2020) and recalls the relationship between Goethe and Beethoven.

Immediately afterwards, the mono-opera Ein Brief by Manfred Trojahn will be performed. Based on Hugo von Hoffmannsthal's "Letter from Lord Chandos to Francis Bacon", the renowned German composer created a kind of prolog to Beethoven's oratorio "Christ on the Mount of Olives", which will be performed on the same evening (February 29, 2020).

Waltz produces

On March 16, one of the highlights of the Beethoven year will follow – the production of Fidelio or Die eheliche Liebe by two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (March 16-27, 2020). Beethoven's work thus returns to where it premiered. The second Fidelio version from the year 1806 will be conducted by Manfred Honeck.

Beethoven's intensive examination of the theme of freedom is dedicated to May 9 at the Theater an der Wien – the music for Goethe's tragedy Egmont and the Eroica (3rd Symphony) are on the program.

The Vienna Chamber Opera brings a contemporary opera to the stage with Geniaor The Smile of the Machine by Tscho Theissing. It deals with Beethoven's great life themes of art, freedom and the future, as well as with his mysterious love relationships (March 5-31, 2020).

All Beethoven events in Vienna in 2020

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2, 1010 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide )
        Side entrance on right under the arcades on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. From side entrance, access to elevator via inclined elevator (stairlift) in lobby.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Operngasse, Opernring intersection
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 22 Wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.

    • Comments

      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)

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Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        in front of the theatre (from 6 pm)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (stalls)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Chamber Opera (Kammeroper)

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Vienna Card reductions only for productions of the Theater an der Wien at Wiener Kammeroper
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 10% off
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Not wheelchair accessible, no wheelchair places without steps.

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