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Opera: Vienna State Ballet, first solo dancer, Maria Yakovleva, Nina Poláková and Olga Esina
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Curtain up!

Vienna's cultural scene is showing strong signs of life and starting the early summer full of confidence. Because culture needs people. All organizers have developed COVID-19-compliant safety, hygiene and distancing concepts for their establishments, with modified visitor numbers. So that you can experience music and theater live and carefree again. And so that Vienna can also finally live up to its reputation again as the world capital city of music and culture.

Curtain up at the State Opera

Finally back in business: the Vienna State Opera, the world-famous and popular opera house. Two of the premiere productions of this season, which were performed only for the cameras and microphones, are now also on before an audience: Calixto Bieito's production of Carmen, and Faust in the production by Frank Castorf.

Four more premieres follow until the end of June: L’incoronazione di Poppea – the first of the planned Monteverdi trilogy –, Macbeth directed by Barrie Kosky with Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, the three-part ballet Tänze Bilder Sinfonien with the world premiere of Martin Schläpfer's Symphony No. 15 and the children's opera Der Barbier für Kinder, the Barber of Seville for children.

Tip for art and architecture fans: the guided tours of the opera house on weekends.

Wagner – small and mighty

An exciting premiere is coming up on May 26, 2021: the Tristan Experiment. Set to Richard Wagner's libretto from 1865, Matthias Wegele (music), Hartmut Keil (conductor), and the world-famous bass Günther Groissböck (directorial debut and in the role of King Mark) have developed a Viennese chamber music version for five soloists and 20 musicians. A new production of the Theater an der Wien at the Kammeroper.

Opera to musical

Opera, operetta, musicals, and dance are at home at the Vienna Volksoper. The premieres in May and June are the operetta rarity Der Teufel auf Erden (The Devil on Earth by Franz von Suppé), followed by Stephen Sondheim's Broadway highlight Into the Woods, Disney's Jungle Book, and Detlev Glanert's Leyla und Medjnun (Austrian first performance at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz). 

Talking of musicals: the cats are dancing again. In Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece Cats, magic, mysticism and Grammy Award-winning music fill the Ronacher (May 26 – June 27, then again from September 11, 2021).

The spark ignites

Open the doors of Vienna's concert halls! Streaming, YouTube or high-end system sound do not achieve the same musical experience as being there live in halls with fantastic acoustics, right with the performers.

The Musikverein – Vienna's musical temple of muses, if you will – is extending its season until the end of July and offers a staggering 180 concerts. Including a cycle of all of Beethoven's piano sonatas with Daniel Barenboim, Rudolf Buchbinder on the piano, and Christian Thielemann with his Staatskapelle Dresden.

The anticipation and joy of around 200 events is great, as the halls of the Wiener Konzerthaus are finally filled again with sound and life. Good news here, too: season extension until the end of July! Highlights: the Vienna Philharmonic plays its first concerts here after the lockdown in Vienna, with a program of Mahler. Daniel Harding conducts. Violinist Janine Jansen can be heard as can pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, and jazz by the Brad Mehldau Trio and trumpeter Thomas Gansch. If you're missing the cinema: (silent) movies are accompanied with high-class music.

All theater

"Die Burg" is what the Viennese call their number one theater stage: the Burgtheater. Closed for refurbishment, but a series of premieres can be seen at its Akademietheater performance venue until the end of June: Oscar Wilde's Bunbury, Thomas Bernhard's Die Jagdgesellschaft, August Strindberg's Fräulein Julie, Maurie Maeterlinck's Pelléas und Mélisande and the premiere of Alles, was der Fall ist.

The Theater in der Josefstadt, which opened in 1788, was remodeled by Max Reinhardt in 1924 – into a space to "escape the present day", fitted out with red damask, gold decoration, and glorious Venetian chandeliers. A theater troupe committed to contemporary theater works in this architectural jewel nowadays. In May and June, the program includes works like Der Bockerer, Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Garden, and Geheimnis einer Unbekannten (after Stefan Zweig; Martina Ebm is brilliant). At the Kammerspiele venue: the hit comedy Monsieur Pierre geht online (Mr. Stein goes online).

The Volkstheater serves up three premieres in May and June, all directed by Kay Voges: Thomas Bernhard's Der Theatermacher is followed by Ernst Jandl's Der Raum and Samuel Beckett's Endgame.

By the way: numerous initiatives have already shown in the open air how a cultural concept can be successful in times like these. Let's look forward to the wide range of summer stages in Vienna.

You can also find all major cultural dates in our event database

Vienna State Opera

Opernring 2
1010 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Schwingtüre 87 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
      • 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)

Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Vienna
  • 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.

Vienna Volksoper

Währinger Straße 78
1090 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

  • Accessibility

    • Elevator available
      • 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.

Ronacher

Seilerstätte 9
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -25%

      Additional information on the offer: in categories A to D (box offices, pavilion next to the State Opera, Tourist Info Vienna). Vienna Ticket Call Center: +43 1 588 85 111

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • (Automatische Schiebetüre 185 cm wide)
    • Car parks Side entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Seilerstätte 9 left of main entrance, signed accordingly
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 10 Wheelchair spaces available (ground floor, 2 places in regular sales)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair seat can be booked at the daytime box office of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and by telephone from WIEN-TICKET on Tel. +43 1 588 85 until not later than 1 week before the performance for EUR 10 (for musical productions of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien) for the wheelchair seat, the companion gets a 50% discount on the respective ticket price. Visitors with disabilities receive a 50% discount upon presentation of a valid disability ID.

    • Comments

      Seeing-eye dogs with muzzle and leash permitted.

Musikverein

Musikvereinsplatz 1
1010 Vienna
  • 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
    • 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.

Vienna Konzerthaus

Lothringerstraße 20
1030 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatische Schiebetüre 140 cm wide)
      • Ramp 435 cm long
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 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

Burgtheater

Universitätsring 2
1010 Vienna
  • Guided tours

    • Monday - Thursday 3:00 p.m.
      in German (with English summaries), time: about one hour

      Friday - Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
      in German and English; other languages upon request, time: about one hour

  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • (Doppelschwingtüre 170 cm wide)
      • Ramp 300 cm  wide
    • Elevator available
      • Door 160 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 12 Wheelchair spaces available (in the auditorium, access with the elevator)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      At each performance, the Burgtheater provides places in the stalls with acoustic amplification by means of induction for visitors who wear a hearing aid. The acoustic signal is also amplified for all visitors. This can be received in the theater during the performance on radio frequency 99.2 MHz using a radio receiver, mobile telephone or MP3 player with radio reception. Please bring your own headset.

    • Comments

      Special tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on prior notification.
      Prior notification is necessary for visitors with wheelchairs for admission tickets and tours. Tel. +43 1 514 44-4140, info@burgtheater.at

Akademietheater

Lisztstraße 1
1030 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Doppelschwingtüre 186 cm wide)
        wheelchair-accessible access from sidewalk to the spaces in the stalls (left and right) via main entrance/foyer
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 3 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        opposite main entrance
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 4 Wheelchair spaces available (stalls)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Prior notification is necessary for wheelchair users to obtain admission tickets. Admission tickets: registration up until 1 week before the event: Tel. +43 1 514 44-4145

Theater in Josefstadt

Josefstädter Straße 26
1080 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        Wheelchair-accessible entrance: Josefstädter Strasse 24
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 1 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 4 Wheelchair spaces available (centre right in stalls)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Escort recommended, ticket price reduced 50 % in immediate vicinity of the wheelchair space, ticket for wheelchair users: 13 EUR (incl. 1 EUR renovation fee)

    • Comments

      Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement).

Theater im Park am Belvedere

Prinz-Eugen-Straße/Ecke Plößlgasse
1030 Vienna