Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

This famous stage offers a different program every day, with over 60 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season.

Program 2019/20 – wide-ranging and extensive

With 58 different operas an 21 ballet productions, the State Opera offers an incredibly extensive program in the 2019/20 season, ranging from Handel's Ariodante and Eötvös' Tri Sestri to the premieres of Albin Fries' Persinette and Olga Neuwirth's Orlando. There are also children's programs as well as numerous concerts, matinées, and special events.

Six opera premieres will be performed at the renowned house on the Ring during the 2019/20 season:

  • Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (October 2, 2019)
  • Olga Neuwirth's Orlando (premiere, commissioned work of the Vienna State Opera; December 8, 2019)
  • Albin Fries' Persinette (children's opera, commissioned work of the Vienna State Opera; December 21, 2019)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio (original version "Leonore", February 1, 2020)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte (May 22, 2020)
  • Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (June 15, 2020)

Audience members can individually switch on subtitles – in German, English, Italian, French, Russian and Japanese. The 2,021 displays at the seats also offer information about the cast and contents of the performance (German or English). By the way: The subtitles can be integrated manually by clicking a button, since all performances have different pacing.

Vienna Opera Ball: High point of the ball season

At the Vienna Opera Ball, the Vienna State Opera is transformed into the world’s most famous ballroom. The committee, consisting of approximately 150 pairs of young men and women in white ball gowns and tails, ensures a glamorous opening of the Opera Ball.

Opera live outdoors

In April, May, June, September and December, more than 80 opera and ballet performances will be screened live on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz in front of the opera building on a 50 m² screen - it's classical enjoyment for free!

Livestreaming from the Vienna State Opera

Selected opera and ballet performances are streamed live during the respective primetime by means of the latest technology.

What's more, you can take a tour to catch a glimpse of what goes on backstage at the magnificent opera house.

Discover Vienna's State Opera: on a 3D virtual tour or with the VR experience Vienna State Opera VR - Beyond the Scenes, which offers unprecedented insights into the opera house in 360 degrees.

Backstage Wiener Staatsoper

"Backstage Wiener Staatsoper" (Backstage at the Vienna State Opera), a movie by Stephanus Domanig, takes audiences on a guided tour behind the scenes of the world-famous opera house. It gives an insight into a machine that operates with clockwork precision behind, below and above the stage in order to guarantee productions of excellence on 300 days of the year. Visitors can experience international opera stars at rehearsals, stage workers, make-up artists and ticket sellers at work – and reach areas of the opera house that are usually closed to audiences. "Backstage" will be shown every Sunday at the Burg Kino. A ticket for a guided tour of the State Opera comes with a discount for the cinema ticket.

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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