Opera for all
Opera touches everyone in Vienna a little bit. You don't need an admission ticket to the Vienna State Opera to enjoy a pleasant evening full of music and song. From the beginning of April to the end of June and then again in September, the Vienna State Opera broadcasts around 80 performances live on an LED video wall with an area of 50 m2. A visual director prepares the best-possible recording in the studio of the Vienna State Opera using eight remote-controlled HD cameras.
Grand opera in the open air
The alternative to fighting over the hotly contested, low-price standing places in the Vienna State Opera every evening is to sit outside on Karajan-Platz in comfort and for free. 180 chairs are set up for each live broadcast. Information on the opera and the cast is provided on the video wall about half an hour before the performance begins.
In April, performances include Leos Janáček's Jenufa as well as Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, with a star cast comprising Angela Gheoghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. A highlight is Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale with Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Juan Diego Flórez and Valentina Naforniţă. In May, Plácido Domingo plays Giorgio Germont in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata; these performances will also be broadcast outside. Richard Wagner is represented with his Lohengrin. June brings the Mozart opera Le Nozze di Figaro and a ballet jewel, the Nureyev Gala 2016 (26 June), to the square in front of the Opera House.
In September 2016, enjoy Puccini twice: Madame Butterfly as welll as Turandot are broadcast in front of the opera house. Come for Richard Wagner's Lohengrin and Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, too.
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Opera live on the Square
April/May/June and September 2016 – in all weather
Broadcasts with subtitles in German
Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)Opernring 2, 1010 Wien
Side entrance on right under the arcades on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. From side entrance, access to elevator via inclined elevator (stairlift) in lobby.
- 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide )
Parking spaces for people with disabilities
Operngasse, Opernring intersection
- Parking spaces for people with disabilities
- 95 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
- 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.
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)
- Side entrance