New Year's fireworks over the Danube Canal
© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Clear the stage for the change of year

Where the bat flutters

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 & 5). The appearance of an always prominent "surprise guest" in the second act of the State Opera New Year's Eve performance is a tradition: this year, it's the turn of soprano Asmik Grigorian, who debuted in the Madama Butterfly premiere in September.

At Theater an der Wien, opera fans can ring out the year with Platée by Jean-Philippe Rameau. The work from 1749 is produced by Robert Carsen, musically supported by the Orchester Les Art Florissants and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir.

In Der Fall Straus at the Kammeroper, the audience is witness to an exciting New Year's night in a bar – with music by Leo Fall and Oscar Straus (December 30 & 31).

New Year's Concert by the Vienna 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 (preview and New Year's Eve concert with an identical program on December 30 & 31). Riccardo Muti takes his place at the conductor's stand in 2020/21. You can be there this year via TV broadcast in over 90 countries.

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

Beethoven and Strauss at the Konzerthaus

A truly packed musical New Year's program makes the Wiener Konzerthaus the place to be:

  • The rare species of the art whistlers belongs to Nikolaus Habjan and can be heard in "Luftkunst" (Air Art) (December 30).
  • The Wiener Symphoniker brings the year to a close with Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Manfred Honeck conducts (December 30 & 31, January 1). 
  • Guest star of the New Year's Eve gala with the Philharmonix: Tenor Thomas Hampson (December 31)
  • In its program "Fairytales from the Orient", the Strauss Festival Orchester Wien presents oriental temptations in Viennese dialect (compositions of the Strauss dynasty, December 28 & 29, January 1).

Wienerisch ...

New Year's Eve at the MuTh promises The best for the end of 2020Die Strottern (Klemens Lendl & David Müller) bring the brightest spectral colors of the city of Vienna to the fore through music, making light and heart rise. Peter Ahorner talks about the black and sugar-pink feeling of living in this city. 

... or completely different

Naturally, there are also unusual stage art formats at New Year's: in the crypt of the Peterskirche (Church of St. Peter), the operetta ensemble Oper@Tee thrills in a lively and punchy way with its Fledermaus performance with piano accompaniment (December 29 & 31, January 2). Really close to the audience.

And things get humorous with the L.E.O – Letztes Erfreuliches Operntheater (Last Enjoyable Opera Theater): at the L.E.O. New Year's Eve gala, circus director Stefan Fleischhacker and L.E.O. prima donna Elena Schreiber swing from opera highlights via operetta and Wienerlied to hits of the interwar period. Guest star Raimund Stangl contributes songs from the musicals and poetic songs by John Dowland (December 31).

Finding your favorite event

There's lots more going on around the change of year on Vienna's stages – from concerts in churches, crypts and palaces, to theater (Der Bockerer) and musical (Cats) and ballet (The Nutcracker). Here's the program:

Stage events from December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021

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

Program changes possible due to COVID-19 – see websites of the organizers.

Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 20:00
    • We, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 20:00
    • 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
  • Vienna City Card

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding 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.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      "Klangberührt": 4 inklusive Konzerte im Schubert-Saal, Empfohlen ab 16 Jahren
      https://konzerthaus.at/abonnement/id/2670

    • 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).

      "Klangberührt": 4 inclusive concerts in the Schubert Hall, recommended for ages 16 and up: https://konzerthaus.at/abonnement/id/2670

       

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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
  • Vienna City Card

  • 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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MuTh – Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir

Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   180  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 600  cm  long ,   150  cm  wide ,  30  cm  high
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 155 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 4 Wheelchair spaces available (in orchestra on right, row 12)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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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
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Vienna Card reductions only for productions of the Theater an der Wien at Wiener Kammeroper
  • Accessibility

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

      Not wheelchair accessible, no wheelchair places without steps.

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St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

Petersplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 07:00 - 20:00
    • Sa - Su, 09:00 - 21:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 21:00
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L.E.O. - Last Enjoyable Opera Theater (L.E.O. - Letztes Erfreuliches Operntheater)

Ungargasse 18, 1030 Wien
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