Orchestra in the Musikverein
© WienTourismus / Lois Lammerhuber

New Year's Eve Concerts

Two opera houses perform the popular operetta "Die Fledermaus" over the New Year period: The Volksoper (December 31 and January 1) and the Vienna State Opera (December 31, January 1, 3 and 5). Annette Dasch, Olga Bezsmertna, Herbert Lippert and Adrian Eröd sing here in alternation; Burgtheater actor Peter Simonischek plays the role of Frosch. The best: The State Opera Fledermaus will be screened live on Karajan Platz on the video wall in front of the Opera House from 7.00 pm, where it can be watched for free. From 2.00 pm and after the Fledermaus, an opera potpourri will be shown until 2.00 am in the morning. The performance is also available on the livestreaming channel of the Vienna State Opera.

At Theater an der Wien, opera fans can ring out the year with the grand romantic opera Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber from 1823. The exciting production is by Christof Loy.

New Year's Concert by the Philharmonic

The most famous concert in the world - the New Year's Concert - is held in the Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein each year on January 1 (previews with an identical program on December 30 and 31). Christian Thielemann takes to the conductor's desk for 2018/19. All tickets for this year's concerts have already sold out. Tickets for all three concerts are drawn early each year via the website of the Vienna Philharmonic. Nevertheless, you don't have to miss out on the New Year's Concert: That's because it's shown on TV in 90 countries as well as on giant video walls both at the 'hangover breakfast' on City Hall Square and on the square in front of the Vienna State Opera.

Members of the Vienna Philharmonic can also be found amongst the Vienna Ring Ensemble. In the atmospheric Brahms Hall of the Musikverein, this formation plays another New Year's Eve concert of popular classical works in the guise of a chamber orchestra.

Beethoven and Strauss at the Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus presents a packed musical New Year's program: The Wiener Symphoniker brings the year to a close with Beethoven's 9th Symphony conducted by Andres Oroczo-Estrada (December 30 and 31, January 1). In addition to this festive program, things continue in buoyant mood in the Grand Hall with Waltz of the World, the New Year's Gala of the Wiener KammerOrchester, Aleksey Igudesman and other guests on December 31.

The Strauss Festival Orchestra performs Viennese sound paintings by Josef Lanner, Franz von Suppé, Johann, Josef and Eduard Strauss, Carl Michael Ziehrer and Johann Schrammel on the topic of "Art and Nature" (December 28 and 29, January 1).

Not just classical

Musical variety, mixed with a big dose of comedy, is promised by the New Year's Eve evening at the MuTh – Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir: The best to finish with: The Flying Schnörtzenbrekkers. Three gentlemen with voice, double bass, violin and accordion mercilessly target Ivica Strauss - an invented member of the Strauss dynasty.

The musicals Bodyguard and I am from Austria offer New Year's Eve guests an entertaining program for the change of year.

Those seeking a combination of music and party simply have to follow the New Year's Eve Trail through the Old City.

All concerts from December 28, 2018 to January 2, 2019

General New Year's Eve program (PDF)
(all the dates of the ball galas, New Year's Eve banquets and exhibitions)

Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 13:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
      • Ramp   164  cm  wide
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      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.

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Vienna Konzerthaus

Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 435  cm  long
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 94 cm wide and 190 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      All halls accessible via elevator, inner ramp.

      2 elevators from ground floor (door width: 90 cm, cabin depth: 190 and 140 cm, cabin width: 94 cm).

      Wheelchair seats: 18 in the Grand Hall, 6 in the Mozart Hall, 3 in the Schubert Hall and 4 in the Berio Hall. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement).

       

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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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Vienna Volksoper

Währinger Straße 78, 1090 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Please ring the bell, the porter or the cashier will assist
    • Elevator available
      • 89 cm wide and 142 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (in stalls, 13 additional wheelchair seats possible, prior notification via phone required 10 days before performance)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Elevator not suitable for wheelchairs.

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