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Vienna State Opera - Videowall on Karajanplatz
© Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn

Opera for all

Opera means something to everyone in Vienna. You don't need an admission ticket to the Vienna State Opera to experience a great evening full of music and song. "Oper live am Platz" is held in April, May, June and September as well as around New Year's Eve - from December 27 to January 1, including the broadcast of the Strauss opera Die Fledermaus on 31 December as part of the New Year's Eve Trail.

The Vienna State Opera broadcasts more than  80 performances live on a 50 m2 LED video wall each season. A director in the studio of the Vienna State Opera prepares an ideal edit 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.

Detailed program

Opera live on the Square

April/May/June and September and 27 December to 1 January - whatever the weather
Broadcasts with subtitles in German

vienna state opera: Opera live on the square
© Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
"Salome" (Richard Strauss): Gun-Brit Barkmin as Salome, Carlos Osuna as Narraboth
"Salome" (Richard Strauss): Gun-Brit Barkmin / Salome, Carlos Osuna / Narraboth. Weiner Staatsoper 2017 © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn
Anna Netrebko in Anna Bolena, Gaetano Donizetti, Wiener Staatsoper 2015

Anna Netrebko in Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti

Wiener Staatosper 2015 © Wiener Staatsoper
Plácido Domingo / Nabucco / Giuseppe Verdi, Wiener Staatsoper 2015

Plácido Domingo in Guiseppe Verdi's Nabucco

Wiener Staatsoper 2015 © Wiener Staatsoper

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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